The New York Times rounded up the top 10 books of 2018, as chosen by the editors of The Times Book Review.
From a domestic thriller to an ambitious biography of Frederick Douglass—here are their picks and a brief synopsis of the NYT's review.
Asymmetry, by Lisa Halliday: In Asymmetry, a love affair between a young book editor and a geriatric novelist collides with the story of an Iraqi-American economist detained at Heathrow Airport.
The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai: Makkai follows a group of friends, most of them gay men, through the early years of the AIDS epidemic and its repercussions decades after.
The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani: The domestic thriller studies a fatal relationship between a family and their nanny. The novel, winner of France's Goncourt Prize, raises themes of racial and class tension.
There There, by Tommy Orange: Orange's debut model explores identity and myth through the lens of time, poverty, and urban life. A group of loosely connected Native Americans narrate the chapters as they journey from Oakland, California to a powwow.
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Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan: Washington Black, winner of Canada's Giller Prize, opens on a sugar plantation in British Barbados. As slavery comes to an end, the characters face new adventures and relationships.
American Prison, by Shane Bauer: In his book, Bauer, an investigative journalist, expands on his award-winning exposé on a privately-run prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. The book catalogs the history of abuse, violence, and negligence in for-profit prisons.
Educated, by Tara Westover: Westover's memoir has been named a must-read book by the NYT, Barack Obama, and Bill Gates. In her book, Westover chronicles her courageous journey from a survivalist Mormon household to a doctorate program at Cambridge University.
Frederick Douglass, by David W. Blight: Douglass wrote three autobiographies about his rise from slavery to a role as one of greatest thinkers of the 19th century. Blight's biography offers a new look into Douglass' public and private life.
How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan: Pollan explores the history and science of psychedelic drugs as well as society's changing interest in them.
Small Fry, by Lisa Brennan-Jobs: Brennan-Jobs depicts her childhood shuttling between two different worlds: the bohemian world of her mother, Chrisann Brennan, and the cold, luxurious world of her father, Steve Jobs (Times Book Review Editors, New York Times, 11/29).
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