The New Yorker Announces Their Best Books of 2023

By Ericka Saira Serrano | December 15 2023 | AdultGeneral

Throughout the year, editors and staffers of the famed American magazine The New Yorker discuss the best books published weekly. Now that the end of the year is wrapping up, the staff has compiled their list of best books from the year into a dozen essentials across fiction and nonfiction. See below for that list!

The Country of the Blind
978-1-9848-8142-7
A witty, winning, and revelatory personal narrative of the author’s transition from sightedness to blindness and his quest to learn about blindness as a rich culture all its own“The Country of the Blind is about seeing—but also about marriage and family and the moral and emotional challenge of accommodating the parts of ourselves that scare us. A warm, profound, and unforgettable meditation on how we adjust to new ways of being in the world.” —Rachel Aviv, author of Strangers to Ourselves
$29.00 US
Jul 18, 2023
Hardcover
368 Pages
Penguin Press
World

Fear Is Just a Word
978-0-593-44841-0
The riveting true story of a vigilante mother in Mexico who fought back against the drug cartels to avenge the murder of her daughter, and a portrait of Mexico, from the New York Times Global Investigative Correspondent and former New York Times Mexico Bureau Chief.
$28.00 US
Sep 26, 2023
Hardcover
384 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Fire Weather
978-1-5247-3285-1
A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION • WINNER OF THE 2024 JOHN WESLEY DAFOE BOOK PRIZE 2024 • A stunning account of a colossal wildfire and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between fire and humankind from the award-winning, best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce • Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, TIME, NPR, PBS, Good Morning America, Slate, Financial Times, WIRED, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Air Mail, and Orion Magazine“Grips like a philosophical thriller, warns like a beacon, and shocks to the core." —Robert Macfarlane, bestselling author of Underland“Riveting, spellbinding, astounding on every page.” —David Wallace-Wells, #1 bestselling author of The Uninhabitable Earth
$32.50 US
Jun 06, 2023
Hardcover
432 Pages
Knopf
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)

The Fraud
978-0-525-55896-5
From acclaimed and bestselling novelist Zadie Smith, a kaleidoscopic work of historical fiction set against the legal trial that divided Victorian England, about who gets to tell their story—and who gets to be believed
$29.00 US
Sep 05, 2023
Hardcover
464 Pages
Penguin Press
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)

I Love Russia
978-0-593-65526-9
An unprecedented and intimate portrait of Russia, and a passionate cri de cœur for journalism in opposition to the global authoritarian turn
$30.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
Hardcover
384 Pages
Penguin Press
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

Judgment at Tokyo
978-1-101-94710-4
ACCLAIMED AS ONE OF THE YEAR’S 10 BEST BOOKS BY THE WASHINGTON POST • 12 ESSENTIAL NONFICTION BOOKS BY THE NEW YORKER • 100 NOTABLE BOOKS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES • BEST BOOKS BY THE ECONOMIST, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND AIR MAIL • 10 ESSENTIAL BOOKS BY THE TELEGRAPH • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE • THE OBSERVER AND THE SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE WEEK • A landmark, magisterial history of the trial of Japan’s leaders as war criminals—the largely overlooked Asian counterpart to Nuremberg“Nothing less than a masterpiece. With epic research and mesmerizing narrative power, Judgment at Tokyo has the makings of an instant classic.”—Evan Osnos, National Book Award–winning author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
$46.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
Hardcover
912 Pages
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Roman Stories
978-0-593-53632-2
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: THE NEW YORKER, NPR • The first short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and master of the form since her number one New York Times best seller Unaccustomed Earth • Rome—metropolis and monument, suspended between past and future, multi-faceted and metaphysical—is the protagonist, not the setting, of these nine stories"A delectable, sun-washed treat . . . the stories have the beating heart of the city itself, a place of magnificent decay and vibrant, varied life." —Vogue
$27.00 US
Oct 10, 2023
Hardcover
224 Pages
Knopf
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

Some People Need Killing
978-0-593-13313-2
A fearless, powerfully written on-the-ground account of a nation careening into a violent autocracy—told through harrowing stories of the Philippines’ state-sanctioned killings of its citizens—from a leading journalist of international renown
$30.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
Hardcover
448 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Vengeance Is Mine
978-0-593-53424-3
The New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice • From the best-selling author of Three Strong Women comes a thrilling novel about a triple homicide that dredges up unsettling memories from a lawyer’s childhood.A Best Book of the Year: The New Yorker, TIME, The Washington Post"[NDiaye] is a master at agitating, probing and upending expectations." —Lovia Gyarkye, The New York Times Book Review"You won’t be able to put it down." —Vogue
$28.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
Hardcover
240 Pages
Knopf
US,CAN,OpnMkt(no EU)

Y/N
978-1-66260-153-8
Surreal, hilarious, and shrewdly poignant—a novel about a Korean American woman living in Berlin whose obsession with a K-pop idol sends her to Seoul on a journey of literary self-destruction.
$26.00 US
Mar 21, 2023
Hardcover
224 Pages
Astra House
US, Canada, Open Mkt