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The 10 Best Books of 2023

Best-read man picks 10 best books, for the best year-end list you’ll find.

Dec 28, 2023
Murdoch and Fox: Careful What You Wish For

Electing an American president was Rupert Murdoch’s dream turned nightmare, Michael Wolff writes in his gossipy, occasionally obscene account of power and politics, “The Fall.”

Dec 20, 2023
Finding Solace

Idylls at an artist’s compound in Springs, an allegory for our times, and calming words of affirmation: It’s The Star’s kids’ book roundup.

Dec 13, 2023
On Wooley Pond

In his collection of essays Ralph Sneeden’s muse is the waters of North Sea and the South Shore, from boating to surfing, from boyhood to late middle age.

Dec 6, 2023
Loss Observed

Richard Brockman has written a deeply personal account of how he slowly, painfully freed himself from the trauma of his mother’s suicide in order to reclaim and recreate the narrative of his life.

Nov 30, 2023
M.F.A. Open House and Reading 

The M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton is offering an open house at the campus’s Lichtenstein Center, with readings by faculty and students. It starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 in Chancellors Hall.

Nov 29, 2023
Lou Reed: Forever Becoming

Will Hermes gives us Lou Reed in full: complicated, scandalous, arty, poetic, ambisexual, temperamental, a battler through critical and commercial disappointments.

Nov 21, 2023
Woman in the Trenches

In “Fierce Ambition” Jennet Conant resurrects a tenacious female war correspondent, Maggie Higgins, largely ignored by journalistic history.

Nov 15, 2023
Beneath Secret Lives, More Secrets

With “The Helsinki Affair” Anna Pitoniak ventures into what John le Carré called the secret world, where spies can have lives even more hidden than those that come with their tradecraft — a potentially disastrous duality. 

Nov 9, 2023
Book Markers: From Kafka to Kroeger

Francis Levy talks his new story collection, “The Kafka Studies Department,” while Brooke Kroeger and David Alpern discuss her book “Undaunted” and women in the history of journalism.

Nov 2, 2023
American Women in Saigon

Alice McDermott’s new novel gives us remarkably realistic characters while fleshing out the zeitgeist of the 1960s as experienced by American women expats in Vietnam.

Nov 2, 2023
David, Meet Goliath 

This medical mystery broadens its concerns into an exploration of the intransigence and arrogance of the giant bureaucracy that is the U.S. Army.

Oct 26, 2023