2018 was a year in which the line between right and wrong ran dangerously thin the world over. Political shenanigans, economic disparity, social injustice, religious bigotry, sexual assault and environmental disasters played out in front of our eyes almost as if they mirrored the best of dystopian fiction. Books, fortunately, have always helped make sense of the world, offering powerful philosophies for life and living. This year too, books have highlighted struggles and inequities, both personal and universal, offering insight, perspective, understanding, and hope.
From brilliant debuts to powerful memoirs, from seminal non-fiction to trailblazing translations, from sparkling children’s books to empowering YA reads, this year’s best books speak to our fractured times, inviting readers into the conversation and helping them articulate their thoughts and strengthen their voices.