December 13, 2018

The Very Best Books Of 2018

By Julie Depenbrock

We asked Washington Post book critic Ron Charles, East City Bookshop owner Laurie Gillman, National Book Award-winning author Elizabeth Acevedo, and Loyalty Bookstore owner Hannah Oliver Depp for their favorite books of 2018.

Here’s what they said.

Ron Charles’ Picks

  • The Maze at Windermere: A Novel

    By Gregory Blake Smith

    Penguin Books

    Buy

  • The Overstory: A Novel

    By Richard Powers

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • A Place for Us: A Novel

    By Fatima Farheen Mirza

    SJP for Hogarth

    Buy

  • There There: A novel

    By Tommy Orange

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Washington Black: A novel

    By Esi Edugyan

    Knopf

    Buy

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    Laurie Gillman’s Picks

  • Heavy: An American Memoir

    By Kiese Laymon

    Scribner

    Buy

  • Tin Man: A Novel

    By Sarah Winman

    G.P. Putnam's Sons

    Buy

  • The Incendiaries: A Novel

    By R. O. Kwon

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • A Shout in the Ruins

    By Kevin Powers

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • CIRCE

    By Madeline Miller

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

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    Elizabeth Acevedo’s Picks

  • Heavy: An American Memoir

    By Kiese Laymon

    Scribner

    Buy

  • Dread Nation

    By Justina Ireland

    Balzer + Bray

    Buy

  • Halsey Street

    By Naima Coster

    Little A

    Buy

  • Black Girl Magic: A Poem

    By Mahogany L. Browne

    Roaring Brook Press

    Buy

  •  

    Hannah Oliver Depp’s Picks

  • The Incendiaries: A Novel

    By R. O. Kwon

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • Pride

    By Ibi Zoboi

    Balzer + Bray

    Buy

  • A Lucky Man: Stories

    By Jamel Brinkley

    Graywolf Press

    Buy

  • There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir

    By Casey Gerald

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • Heavy: An American Memoir

    By Kiese Laymon

    Scribner

    Buy

  • All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

    By Nicole Chung

    Catapult

    Buy

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

    By Sohaila Abdulali

    The New Press

    Buy

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    Join Ron, Laurie, Elizabeth and Hannah for a live discussion of their favorite books of 2018 on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m.

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