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Enjoy our Board of Directors' Favorite Books of 2023!

It's better to give than to receive, so this holiday season we are giving you our favorite books of 2023. Continue reading below to see the Nantucket Book Foundation Family's Favorite Reads of this year. If you like one of these book recommendations, have enjoyed one of our Nantucket Book Festivals, or want to nurture our reading and writing programs in our schools, please consider a donation to the Nantucket Book Foundation this month

We believe in the power of words to change and shape lives. Our work is only possible through donations like yours. Every dollar makes a difference! We are in a year of change, development, and growth and have exciting ideas and goals for the future. Help us make these dreams possible and inspire readers and writers on island and beyond by donating to the Nantucket Book Foundation.

NBF Favorite Books of 2023

Our Favorite Books of 2023!

  • Ann Sullivan – Interim President & Treasurer
    • Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
    • The Art Thief by Michael Finkel
  • Tim Ehrenberg – Vice President
    • Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
    • The Wager by David Grann
  • Anne Troutman – Vice President
    • The Heart of it All by Christian Kiefer
    • The Deadline by Jill Lepore
  • Rebecca Hickman - Clerk
    • Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
    • Why Fathers Cry at Night by Kwame Alexander
  • Mary Bergman
    • Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
    • Helltown by Casey Sherman
  • Shantaw Bloise-Murphy
    • All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby
    • The Black Guy Dies First by Robin Coleman and Mark Harris
  • Maureen Bousa
    • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
    • Spring Rain - A Life Lived in Gardens by Marc Hamer
  • Richard Burns
    • Autoportrait by Jesse Ball
  • Annye Camara
    • The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
    • The Half-known Life, in Search of Paradise by Pico Iyer
  • Sara DiVello - Book Festival Co-Chair
    • The Puzzle Master by Danielle Trussoni
    • Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova
  • Jack Fritsch
    • The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
    • Powder Days by Heather Hansman
  • Elizabeth Galvin
    • This Other Eden by Paul Harding
    • American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk by Nick Bilton
  • Josh Gray
    • The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
    • The Wager by David Grann
  • Mary Haft - Book Festival Co-Chair
    • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
    • How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
  • Wendy Hudson
    • Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
    • How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
  • Jill Karp
    • Yellowface by R F Kuang
    • KING by Jonathan Eig
  • Charity Grace Mofsen
    • Remember Love: Words for Tender Times by Cleo Wade
    • The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are by Tariq Trotter
  • Michael Schulder
    • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
    • How to Be: Life Lessons From The Early Greeks by Adam Nicholson
  • Jill Surprenant
    • Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
    • How to Say Bablyon by Safiya Sinclair
  • Kaley Kokomoor - Executive Director
    • Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo
    • Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder

We hope you will enjoy this reading list, curated with love by the NBF family to inspire your winter reading! Support at every level helps us inspire readers on-island and beyond. Your tax deductible donation to the Nantucket Book Foundation helps make these dreams possible. Your gift also impacts the island's youth through outreach to our youngest residents, including author visits and writing programs in our Nantucket schools.

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