Thrilling! 7 NYTBR “10 Best of 2023” Our Publications


Courtesy of New York Times. Image: María Jesús Contreras.

And then were ten.

The New York Times Book Review presents its “10 Best Books of 2023.” 7 of them are ours, drawn from its 42 PRH “Notables” announced previously.


The “10 Best” list, online now, will be published in Book Review’s December 10 issue.
We are honored by our authors’ honors.



“In This Satire, Televised Blood Baths Offer Prisoners a Path to Freedom. You can’t applaud Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s thrilling debut novel, “Chain-Gang All-Stars,” without getting blood on your hands.”

The cover of “The Fraud,” by Zadie Smith, which features the book’s title and author in mixed typefaces reminiscent of a 19th-century newspaper column. The cover is yellow at top but bleeds quickly into green; leonine insignia in the upper corners resemble heraldic symbols.THE FRAUD BY ZADIE SMITH (PENGUIN PRESS)

“Zadie Smith Makes 1860s London Feel Alive, and Recognizable. “The Fraud,” is based on a celebrated 19th-century criminal trial, but it keeps one eye focused clearly on today’s political populism.”

The book cover of “North Woods,” by Daniel Mason, which shows an illustration of a wildcat lounging on a grass field.NORTH WOODS BY DANIEL MASON (RANDOM HOUSE)

“The Story of a House and Its Occupants Over 3 Centuries. Daniel Mason’s novel “North Woods” is a survey of American history told in a hodgepodge of forms and genres.”


A black book cover with blue dots and gold threads, with the words “The Best Minds: A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions,” by Jonathan Rosen. THE BEST MINDS BY JONATHAN ROSEN (PENGUIN PRESS)

“Superachiever, Schizophrenic, Killer: Tracing a Friend’s Decline. Jonathan Rosen pieces together how he and his brilliant classmate diverged after Westchester, Yale and enviable careers.”

The cover of “Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs” is pink, with the title and author’s name appearing in slightly wobbly type, as if produced on a home printer. Standing with one foot on a letter in the title is a small white figure of the devil holding a drink can in its right hand.BOTTOMS UP AND THE DEVIL LAUGHS BY KERRY HOWLEY (KNOPF)

“In “Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs,” Kerry Howley explores how the erosion of privacy has fueled conspiracy theories and the national security state.”

The red cover portrays a vast cloud of smoke. The text is white. FIRE WEATHER BY JOHN VAILLANT (KNOPF)

“In “Fire Weather,” the journalist John Vaillant makes the case that the catastrophic — and inevitable — 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire was a sign of things to come.”

The cover of “Some People Need Killing,” by Patricia Evangelista, is red with, in the center, the back of a person’s head and shoulders depicted in a stylized black silhouette. The title appears in white letters on the figure’s head, with the subtitle (in red) and author’s name (in white) beneath.SOME PEOPLE NEED KILLING BY PATRICIA EVANGELISTA (RANDOM HOUSE)

“The new book by the Philippine journalist Patricia Evangelista recounts her investigation into the campaign of extrajudicial murders under former President Rodrigo Duterte.”

Caption quotes from the TBR.

Posted: November 28, 2023