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  • Writer's pictureTravis J. Vanden Heuvel

People Magazine - The Ten Best Books of 2018

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

A riveting, indelible memoir by Steve Jobs’s oldest daughter, who details her often-harrowing upbringing without an ounce of self-pity. Don’t miss it.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Among the reasons the former First Lady’s memoir became the year’s bestselling book: She’s lived a life like no other, yet she knows how to make you relate.

You Think It, I'll Say It Curtis Sittenfeld

The characters in these insightful short stories are haunted by past selves, prone to misreading cues — and great company.

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A radiant debut novel about the cultural forces that bind and divide members of one close-knit Muslim-American family.

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

In a year that saw women running for office in record numbers, Traister’s galvanizing history of the transformative power of female anger felt on-point and essential.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Reading a Wolitzer novel is like finding a group of intriguing new friends, and this propulsive tale of a young woman struggling with ambition and identity is no exception.

Circle by Madeline Miller

You don’t need to be a Greek-mythology nerd to be captivated by Miller’s action-packed reimagining of the goddess of sorcery’s adventures.

I Wrote this Because I Love You by Tim Kreider

An essayist ponders his difficulties with relationships —  except for the one with his 19-year-old cat. Quirky, eye-opening, wonderful.

Calypso by David Sedaris

Just when you think Sedaris has mined every last bit of his life for comedy gold, he unearths more. The essays here are darker than their predecessors, but there’s no shortage of LOLs.

An America Marriage by Tayari Jones

After Roy, an up-and-coming black businessman, is convicted of a rape he didn’t commit, his wife must forge ahead alone. A timely, immersive novel.

This list was electronically published on December 7, 2018 by People Magazine.


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