Year-End Lists

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Category: 2015 Books

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

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

San Francisco Chronicle: Top 10 Books of 2015

San Francisco Chronicle: Top 10 Books of 2015

Fiction

  • Fortune Smiles: Stories – Adam Johnson
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
  • The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  • The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels: “Maturity, Old Age” – Elena Ferrante
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories – Anthony Marra

Nonfiction

  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – William Finnegan
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – Jill Leovy
  • H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  • Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga – Pamela Newkirk

Harper’s Bazaar: 15 Best Books of 2015

Harper’s Bazaar: 15 Best Books of 2015

  1. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Purity – Jonathan Franzen
  3. M Train – Patti Smith
  4. God Help the Child – Toni Morrison
  5. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  6. My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem
  7. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  8. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights – Salman Rushdie
  9. City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg
  10. My Journey – Donna Karan
  11. Beauty Is a Wound – Eka Kurniawan
  12. The Book of Lost and Found – Lucy Foley
  13. A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
  14. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
  15. The Folded Clock: A Diary – Heidi Julavits

Brain Pickings: 15 Best Books of 2015

Brain Pickings: 15 Best Books of 2015. (This general list of books is filed under 2015 Books instead of 2015 Poetry, but it includes a few books that are by or about poets.)

  1. On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks
  2. H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  3. Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words – David Whyte
  4. M Train – Patti Smith
  5. The Light of the World: A Memoir – Elizabeth Alexander
  6. Ongoingness: The End of a Diary – Sarah Manguso
  7. Felicity: Poems – Mary Oliver
  8. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer – Sydney Padua
  9. Rising Strong – Brené Brown
  10. Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings – Matthew Burgess
  11. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  12. Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson
  13. Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe – Lisa Randall
  14. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids – Meghan Daum
  15. Hurry Up and Wait – Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler

David L. Ulin: Top 10 Books of 2015

David L. Ulin: Top 10 Books of 2015 (as published by the Los Angeles Times)

  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy – Masha Gessen
  • Eventually Everything Connects – Loris Lora
  • Honeydew: Stories – Edith Pearlman
  • Killing and Dying – Adrian Tomine
  • The Meursault Investigation – Kamel Daoud
  • M Train – Patti Smith
  • The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir – Vivian Gornick
  • Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA – Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey
  • Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond – Suzanne Lummis

Maureen Corrigan: 11 Best Books of 2015

Maureen Corrigan: 11 Best Books of 2015 (as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air)

  1. The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories – Anthony Marra
  2. Honeydew: Stories – Edith Pearlman
  3. A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
  4. H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  5. The Light of the World: A Memoir – Elizabeth Alexander
  6. M Train – Patti Smith
  7. Bettyville: A Memoir – George Hodgman
  8. The Mare – Mary Gaitskill
  9. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels: “Maturity, Old Age” – Elena Ferrante
  11. No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII – Robert Weintraub

Entertainment Weekly: 11 Best Books of 2015

Entertainment Weekly : 11 Best Books of 2015

  1. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
  3. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic – Sam Quinones
  4. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein
  5. Dietland – Sarai Walker
  6. The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
  7. Trashed – Derf Backderf
  8. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire – Daniel Kraus
  9. Home Is Burning: A Memoir – Dan Marshall
  10. [tie] Bettyville: A Memoir – George Hodgman
  11. The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson

Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2015

Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2015 (presented alphabetically by title)

  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS – Joby Warrick
  • The Book of Aron – Jim Shepard
  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush – Jon Meacham
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  • Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It – Marc Goodman
  • A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  • Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson
  • Purity – Jonathan Franzen
  • Welcome to Braggsville – T. Geronimo Johnson

A.V. Club: 20 Favorite Books of 2015

A.V. Club: 20 Favorite Books of 2015

  • Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson
  • Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
  • Notorious RBG – Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The First Bad Man – Miranda July
  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
  • The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
  • Made To Kill – Adam Christopher
  • Yes! – Daniel Bryan and Craig Tello
  • West Of Sunset – Stewart O’Nan
  • Sick In The Head – Judd Apatow
  • Collected Fiction – Leena Krohn
  • The Children’s Crusade – Ann Packer
  • The Folded Clock: A Diary – Heidi Julavits
  • 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year In Music – Andrew Grant Jackson
  • A Head Full Of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
  • The Good, The Bad, And The Furry – Tom Cox
  • Love And Lies: An Essay On Truthfulness, Deceit, And The Growth And Care Of Erotic Love – Clancy Martin
  • The Wright Brothers – David McCullough

New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2015

New York Times Book Review: 10 Best Books of 2015

Fiction

  • The Door – Magda Szabo
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
  • Outline – Rachel Cusk
  • The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  • The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels: “Maturity, Old Age” – Elena Ferrante

Nonfiction

  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Empire of Cotton: A Global History – Sven Beckert
  • H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World – Andrea Wulf
  • One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway – Asne Seierstad