Your book recommendations for 2023

With the new year, many people are setting well-intentioned resolutions and promises to read more — to find the time, turn off the TV, put away the phone and dive into a good book.

So we asked GBH’s Morning Edition listeners: If you could recommend one book to start the year off right, what would it be?

Listeners responded, on social media and by text, with a mix of fiction and nonfiction, classics and new releases. Here are some of their top picks.

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“The All Night Sun” by Diane Zinna
Judith P. said: “A work of literary fiction about a young teacher and her student, and a brilliant and heartbreaking story of grief and loss. Not to be missed!”

“Norwegian by Night” and “American by Day” by Derek B. Miller
“I found this to be an excellent portrait of aging, loneliness, being uprooted from a home that you’ve known forever, being afraid, being brave, and just a fabulously well-written book,” Deb said of “Norwegian by Night. ” The sequel, she said, “is even better, in my opinion … It gives the outlook on America by a Norwegian detective while she is investigating the disappearance of her brother. She works with a sheriff in Watertown, New York, and her observations on American ways are so spot on that you find yourself questioning them as well.”

“Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted” by Suleika Jaouad
Taylor C. said: “It’s an incredibly powerful story about health and human connection, and inspired me to take my own solo road trip when I was seeking answers at a pivotal time in my life.”

Nancy D. said “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus was her favorite book of last year. She said it is “a great story with great characters about women trying to enter the world of men in the 1950s and ’60s. I am now reading ‘Horse’ by Geraldine Parks and am really enjoying it. My book group is reading ‘The Overstory by Powers’ — a very intriguing book with is basic premise that we are all underestimating the importance of trees — and just finished Bill McKibben’s ‘The Flag, The Cross, and the Station Wagon’ — about growing up in Lexington and how life in the US has changed over his lifetime.”

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