Top 10
Written by
Donna Bryson
December 2018
Written by
Donna Bryson
December 2018

How do the pros compile their year-end best-ofs? Me, I scrolled through my Facebook timeline, figuring the books that moved me to post would make a good long list. It was hard to whittle the selections down – even with cheating by throwing in a trilogy.

My 10 best books start with wonderful, unconventional memoirs by two old friends – Latha Anantharaman’s “Three Seasons” and Himanee Gupta-Carlson’s “Muncie, India(na)” and a memory-infused novel by a new friend, Matthew Robinson’s “The Horse Latitudes.” 
While I read all the books on my list this year, I got to some a few years late. The remaining seven:
“Ceremony,” Leslie Marmon Silko
“All the Fabulous Beasts,” Priya Sharma
“The Unquiet Dead,” Ausma Zehanat Khan (I was tempted to list ALL her Esa Khattak crime books because I have such a crush on Esa, but I am restricting myself to the debut novel.)
“The Library Book,” Susan Orlean
“Evicted,” Matthew Desmond
“Frankenstein in Baghdad,” Ahmed Saadawi 
The Broken Earth Trilogy, NK Jemisin (See what I did there? I also have a crush on Essun.)

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