Best Books of 2015

Did you miss last night's book discussion at the Happy Dog? Here's the full list of 2015 book recommendations from Cal Zunt, of the Notable Books Council of the American Library Association, and Karen R. Long, Manager, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Karen R. Long's Recommendations:


     The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard

     Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

     Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

     Outline by Rachel Cusk

     The Sellout by Paul Beatty


     Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

     Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

     H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

     SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

     Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices and the Overpowering Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar

References: National Book Critics Circle picksList of past Book Critics winners


Cal Zunt's Recommendations:


     The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen
     [2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction]

     Did You Ever Have a Family: A Novel by Bill Clegg

     Delicious Foods: A Novel by James Hannaham

     A Little Life: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara


     Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
     [2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction]

     Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ali Berman

     The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman

     M Train by Patti Smith

     The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humbolt's New World by Andrea Wulf

Poetry (Notables):

     Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts

     Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems by Joy Harjo

Complete list of ALA 2016 Notable Books, Complete list of 2016 Carnegie Award winners and finalists


Other / Audience Recommendations:

     A Modest Proposal For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick by Jonanthan Swift (1729) Full text here

     Purity by Jonathan Franzen (Fay Walker, The City Club)

     Rattled by Debra Gallant

     The Prize: Whose in Charge of America’s Schools? by Dale Russakoff

     Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis

     Authors: Carl Hiassan, Tim Dorse

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  • Theodore Eisenberg

    "Between the World and Me" is tremendous! Good picks all around.