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Inside the Best Books of 2023 List



It’s that time of year: After months of reading, arguing and (sometimes) happily agreeing, the Book Review’s editors have come up with their picks for the 10 Best Books of 2023. On this week’s podcast, Gilbert Cruz reveals the chosen titles — five fiction, five nonfiction — and talks with some of the editors who participated in the process.

Here are the books discussed on this week’s episode:

  • “The Bee Sting,” by Paul Murray

  • “Chain-Gang All-Stars,” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

  • “Eastbound,” by Maylis de Kerangal

  • “The Fraud,” by Zadie Smith

  • “North Woods,” by Daniel Mason

  • “The Best Minds,” by Jonathan Rosen

  • “Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs,” by Kerry Howley

  • “Fire Weather,” by John Vaillant

  • “Master Slave Husband Wife,” by Ilyon Woo

  • “Some People Need Killing,” by Patricia Evangelista

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