The Best American Essays 2023

A collection of the year’s best essays, selected by award-winning writer Vivian Gornick.

Vivian Gornick, renowned essayist and celebrated feminist writer, selects twenty essays out of thousands that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year.


The country is changing, and her own world is being turned upside down. Nothing—and no one—will ever be the same.

Georgia, 1962. Rose Perkins Bourdon returns home to Parsons, GA, without her husband and pregnant with another man’s baby.

Mr. Fixer Upper

Lucy Score pens a delicious enemies to lovers standalone romantic comedy featuring a stubborn but sexy reality TV contractor and the strong-willed producer that runs his show and never leaves his mind.

It’s a constant battle on set between sexy home renovation reality star grumpy Gannon and his no-nonsense field producer. Paige has zero time for temperamental talent, especially one who acts like being in front of the camera is the last thing he wants.


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