best of 2023

The Best Comedy Books of 2023 (So Far)

These books give us a record of our times via the moment’s best comic minds.
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14 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer

Escape your reality with a disorientating trip through Europe or a visit to New York’s seamy 1970s.
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Drag, Disney, and the Gospel of Alyssa Edwards

In a new book of essays, Zach Zimmerman undergoes a Drag Race–inspired queer baptism.
  1. books
    Showrunner Damon Lindelof Responds to Lost Accusations“I have no recollection of those specific things,” he tells Burn It Down author Maureen Ryan.
  2. we here for you
    12 Books to Fill the Succession-Size Hole in Your HeartStories with familial machinations, high-society satire, and juicy corporate power struggles — sound familiar?
  3. vulture lists
    6 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthAndy Cohen dishes about being a daddy, while Andrew Rannells is Uncle of the Year, plus another page-turner from TJ Newman.
  4. photography
    Will Vogt Sees Rich PeopleThe photographs in These Americans depict the wealthy at leisure, with their guard down.
  5. book club
    12 Books to Read If You Already Miss YellowjacketsIf Shauna’s book club were real, these are the titles she’d be reading.
  6. vulture lists
    18 New Beach Reads for Every Kind of Book LoverBooks so good you’ll forget to reapply sunscreen.
  7. coming soon
    Japanese Breakfast Is Searching for the Next Japanese BreakfastWith an open casting call to star in Crying in H Mart.
  8. obits
    Money Author Martin Amis Dies at 73Amis co-helmed a controversial literary scene with Christopher Hitchens.
  9. work in progress
    Britney Spears Apparently Isn’t Quite Done With Her Book Yet“It may take me a year, maybe longer who knows … to share my story,” she wrote.
  10. next chapter
    BTS Stays Booked and BusyAs ARMYs suspected, that mystery best seller is a BTS book (not a Taylor Swift memoir).
  11. tbr
    45 New Screen Adaptations of Books to Add to Your 2023 Reading ListIncluding a prestige version of a political memoir and a bloody reimagining of a childhood classic.
  12. best of 2023
    The Best Books of 2023 (So Far)A look at climate change’s migration toll on America, a searing debut novel, and a romance told in verse.
  13. isn’t it?
    Emma Roberts and Kim Kardashian to Slay American Horror Story 12Michaela Jaé Rodriguez will also be joining the cast.
  14. profile
    Jorie Graham’s Late WorkHow the poet — living with cancer, reeling from her mother’s death, and isolated on an island — wrote one of the finest books of her long career.
  15. chapters
    A Harry Potter Fan’s Dilemma‘What role does shame play in this dynamic between fan and fallen artist?’
  16. chat room
    Comedy Bang! Bang! The Podcast: The Book: The InterviewScott Aukerman talks about becoming Scott Authorman.
  17. profile
    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Is Asking the Hard QuestionsAfter his first book was a hit, he decided to use his follow-up to tackle the most pressing issue he could think of: the US prison system.
  18. sat prep
    Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner Has a Question for Taylor SwiftCan I ask you about Hemingway?
  19. reprint
    Matthew Perry Will Remove Keanu Reeves References in Future Memoir Versions“Any future versions of the book will not have his name in it.”
  20. trans rights
    Judy Blume Reaffirms Her Support of the Trans CommunityBlume says her quote in support of J.K. Rowling was taken out of context.
  21. must reads
    6 New Books You Should Read This AprilThis month’s recommendations traverse genre, format, time, and space from exploring the rich history of NOLA to the complexities of affinity itself.
  22. look book
    The Look Book Goes to Catherine Lacey’s Book LaunchOn a recent Thursday, the novelist spoke to critic Merve Emre about her new book, Biography of X, at Greenlight Bookstore.
  23. paws up lil zazzters
    Max Is Making a Decade-Long Harry Potter SeriesBut will J.K. Rowling respect the streaming service’s name change?
  24. into it
    ‘Drag Is a Space for Disruptors’Sasha Velour explains the the liberating and subverting power of drag in a moment when it’s more mainstream (and more at risk) than ever.
  25. movie review
    How to Blow Up a Pipeline Picks a FightThe film, inspired by Andreas Malm’s book, has its heart on its sleeve and its agenda in its punching fists.
  26. coming soon
    Nicole Kidman and Eve Hewson Make The Perfect CoupleThe two will go head to head in the Netflix limited series based on Elin Hilderbrand’s novel.
  27. oh yeah?
    Scott Pilgrim Gets an Extra Life as an Anime, and the Whole Cast Is BackScott Pilgrim was once ve-gone, but now it will be-back.
  28. books
    Emily Henry Cracked the Modern Romance NovelThe author of Beach Read has helped redefine the genre of bodice rippers.
  29. josh safdie’s muse
    Julia Fox on Her Upcoming Book: It’s Not a Memoir, But It Is a ‘Masterpiece’Down the Drain is out October 10.
  30. new jobs
    By the Way, Millie Bobby Brown Is a War Novelist NowHer upcoming book Nineteen Steps is inspired by her family’s history with World War II.
  31. vulture lists
    8 Books With All the Band Drama of Daisy Jones & the SixThe ’70s music scene has enough tumultuous romances and drug-fueled antics to stock a library shelf.
  32. books
    The Spine CollectorFor five years, a mysterious figure has been stealing books before their release. Is it espionage? Revenge? A trap? Or a complete waste of time?
  33. the spine collector
    Filippo Bernardini Gave the Publishing World Something to Write AboutAnd received no jail time in the end.
  34. book review
    Finally, Some Freaky K-pop WritingEsther Yi’s debut novel, Y/N, is great parody, throwing readers down the hole of obsession in all its fevered absurdity.
  35. book review
    Catherine Lacey’s Alternate America in Biography of XA “biography” with a warped sense of history.
  36. reading club
    Oprah Said Hello Beautiful to Her 100th Oprah’s Book Club Read“Not since Jo and Meg and Amy and Beth have we seen sisters like this,” says Oprah Winfrey on Ann Napolitano’s Hello Beautiful.
  37. profile
    The Fabulist in the WoodsIn Northampton with Kelly Link and her community of like-minded writers.
  38. vulture lists
    7 Sporror Books to Scratch That Scary Fungus Itch After The Last of UsThese fungus-featuring horror books will fill the mushroom-shaped hole in your heart.
  39. must reads
    6 New Books You Should Read This MarchAn exposition on American poverty, the return of a long out-of-print classic, a western mystery, and more.
  40. celebrity memoirs
    Paris Hilton Says She Was Coerced Into Making Sex Tape“I had to drink myself silly. Quaaludes helped.”
  41. wildin’ out
    Kathryn Hahn to Play Wild Multiverse Cheryl StrayedNot Little Fires Everywhere. Not Big Little Lies. This is Tiny Beautiful Things.
  42. adaptations
    A Daisy Jones & the Six Page-to-Screen Character GuideThe new miniseries attempts to faithfully re-create the reading experience, but as with any adaptation, certain details don’t make the cut.
  43. poetry and wigs
    Tina Fey Credits Her Success to Wigs Falling OffFey accepted the PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award at the 2023 PEN America Literary Awards.
  44. jason derulo
    Jason Derulo Has Fallen Onto the Pages of His First BookPurr.
  45. tv review
    Daisy Jones & The Six Is Too Big to Feel This SmallAn enjoyably indulgent but paper-thin adaptation shrinks Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling novel into a claustrophobic love triangle.
  46. must reads
    6 New Books You Should Read This FebruaryThe history of a tech mecca, an anthology of women writing about love and desire, a fresh translation of a classic author, and more.
  47. sexcerpt
    The Best Sex I’ve Ever Read: A Long-Censored Queer Tryst at Boarding School“In between all the sex,” explains Carmen Maria Machado, “there’s so much passion in how they talk to each other.”
  48. buyer & bookseller
    Barbra Streisand Will (Yen)Tell Us About Her LifeIn My Name Is Barbra, her 1,040-page memoir.
  49. celebrity memoirs
    Pamela Anderson Knows Even a Memoir Can’t Tell AllThough there are not many new revelations, ten stories stuck out.
  50. reading is what?
    And Don’t F&%K It Up Chronicles Drag Race From Vaseline Lens to Emmy Gold“Come for the tea, stay for the shade.”
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