St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 50 Best Books of 2015

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 50 Best Books of 2015

Fiction

  • Ancillary Mercy – Ann Leckie
  • Brush Back – Sara Paretsky
  • Did You Ever Have a Family – Bill Clegg
  • Eyes: Novellas and Stories – William H. Gass
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  • Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years – Thomas Mallon
  • The First Bad Man – Miranda July
  • Fortune Smiles: Stories – Adam Johnson
  • Girl Waits with Gun – Amy Stewart
  • God Help the Child – Toni Morrison
  • A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson
  • Golden Age – Jane Smiley
  • A History of Loneliness – John Boyne
  • In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
  • Inside the O’Briens – Lisa Genova
  • A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  • Marry, Kiss, Kill – Anne Flett-Giordano
  • Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf
  • Purity – Jonathan Franzen
  • The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks
  • Shanghai Redemption – Qiu Xiaolong
  • A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler
  • The State We’re In: Maine Stories – Ann Beattie
  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights – Salman Rushdie
  • The Whites – Richard Price (as Harry Brandt)

Nonfiction

  • Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 – Bruce Hoffman
  • The Art of Memoir – Mary Karr
  • Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine – Damon Tweedy
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land – Sandy Tolan
  • Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America – T.J. Stiles
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Erik Larson
  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush – Jon Meacham
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic – Sam Quinones
  • F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature – William J. Maxwell
  • The Ferguson Report: Department of Justice Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department – United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
  • The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom – Blaine Harden
  • H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  • Katrina: After the Flood – Gary Rivlin
  • Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig – Mark Essig
  • My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem
  • On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks
  • Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story – David Maraniss
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey – Rinker Buck
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis – Robert D. Putnam
  • Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game – Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler
  • The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War – Samuel Hynes
  • Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader – Robert Middlekauff
  • Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped – Garry Kasparov
  • Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land – Robert Crawford