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critics’ picks – best books of 2015


Well the critics have chimed in and another year of many books I haven’t read, and though I’m reading fewer each year this will still help with my Christmas list for next year. Last year’s list added a couple to my shelf. And of course stay tuned for what I did read this last year.

  • The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – PW
  • In the Country by Mia Alvar – HP, PW
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – Ti
  • Trashed by Derf Backderf – EW
  • A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball – HP
  • The State We’re In by Ann Beattie – PW
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty – HP, NYT, PW
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin – FW, NYT, PW, EW
  • The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres – Ti
  • Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg – Am
  • Memory Theater by Simon Critchley – PW
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk – FW, NYT
  • The Meursault by Kamel Daoud – PW, Ti
  • Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick Dewitt – Ti
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright – PW
  • Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum – HP
  • The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante – FW, Am, HP, NYT, PW, Ti
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy – PW, EW
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen – Am
  • Binary Star by Sarah Gerard – FW
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – Am, HP, Ti
  • City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg – Am
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Am
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – HP
  • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson – HP, Ti
  • Counternarratives by John Keene – FW
  • Get in Trouble by Kelly Link – Ti
  • You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman – HP
  • Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas by Christian Kracht – HP
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus – EW
  • Beauty Is a Wound/Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan – FW
  • Get In Trouble by Kelly Link – FW
  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli – HP
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra – HP
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann – Am
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain – Am
  • Against the Country by Ben Metcalf – FW
  • The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray – Ti
  • The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North – FW
  • Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich – Am
  • Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont – HP
  • The Door by Magda Szabo – NYT
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard – HP
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – Ti
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal – Am
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson – EW
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Am
  • Dietland by Sarai Walker – EW
  • Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins – HP
  • The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams – HP
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – Am, HP
  • The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch – HP
  • Mislaid by Nell Zink – FW

Am – Amazon, FW – Jonathon Sturgeon and Sarah Seltzer for Flavorwire, HP – Huffington Post, NYT – New York Times, Ti – Time Magazine, WP – Washington Post

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