The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018

By Luis Diaz | November 29 2018 | Humanities & Social Sciences

The editors of The Times Book Review have chosen the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year and Penguin Random House is thrilled to publish 7 of those selected

 

“Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers is a page turner . . . among the first novels to chronicle the AIDS epidemic from its initial outbreak to the present—among the first to convey the terrors and tragedies of the epidemic’s early years as well as its course and repercussions. . . . An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.”—The New York Times Book Review

Read review

 

 

 

 

 

“More artfully composed than many of the books in its genre.” —The New York Times

Read review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Bravura . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation . . . its appearance marks the passing of a generational baton.” The New York Times

Read review

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Gripping. . . . Astonishing . . . Washington Black’s presence in these pages is fierce and unsettling. His urge to live all he can is matched by his eloquence.” The New York Times Book Review

Read review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Prison reprises [Bauer’s] page-turning narrative [as reported in Mother Jones], and adds not only the fascinating back story of CCA, the nation’s first private prison company, but also an eye-opening examination of the history of corrections as a profit-making enterprise. . . . Bauer is a generous narrator with a nice ear for detail, and his colleagues come across as sympathetic characters, with a few notable exceptions. . . . The sheer number of forehead-slapping quotes from Bauer’s superiors and fellow guards alone are worth the price of admission.” —The New York Times Book Review

Read review

 

 

 

“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing. . . . By the end, Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”The New York Times Book Review

Read review

 

 

 

 

 

“[N]othing in Pollan’s book argues for the recreational use or abuse of psychedelic drugs. What it does argue is that psychedelic-aided therapy, properly conducted by trained professionals—what Pollan calls White-Coat Shamanism—can be personally transformative, helping with everything from overcoming addiction to easing the existential terror of the terminally ill.”The New York Times Book Review

Read review

 

How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
978-1-59420-422-7
A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences
$28.00 US
May 15, 2018
Hardcover
480 Pages
Penguin Press



Washington Black
A novel
978-0-525-52142-6
George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?
$26.95 US
Sep 18, 2018
Hardcover
352 Pages
Knopf

There There
A novel
978-0-525-52037-5
Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day.
$25.95 US
Jun 05, 2018
Hardcover
304 Pages
Knopf

The Perfect Nanny
A Novel
978-0-14-313217-2
When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.
$16.00 US
Jan 09, 2018
Paperback
240 Pages
Penguin Books

The Great Believers
978-0-7352-2352-3
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai
$27.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
Hardcover
432 Pages
Viking