10 books we loved reading in 2018: Michelle Obama, David Sedaris, Tayari Jones and moreDecember 11, 2018
These 10 fiction and non-fiction titles made a lasting impression on USA TODAY’s book reviewers this year.
By Michelle Obama (Crown, nonfiction)
“Becoming”– a huge best-seller – is more candid than the usual first lady’s memoir; there’s little about grand State Dinners and a lot about the lessons Obama learned from her parents; the challenges she faced as a black woman both at Princeton and later, when she reluctantly followed her husband into national politics and the White House.
2. “The Female Persuasion”
By Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead, fiction)
A righteously angry young #MeToo-era feminist meets her ’70s-era women’s rights idol, and discovers the real-life compromises that are made to keep the movement going. Wolitzer keeps the pages turning with relatable characters and a couldn’t-be-more-current storyline.
By David Sedaris (Little, Brown, nonfiction)
The humorist turns a bit melancholy in this rewarding essay collection as he reflects on his sister’s suicide and mother’s alcoholism, but he brightens the mood with sardonically witty pieces on his Fitbit obsession and the tumor he fed to a snapping turtle.
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