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Best Nonfiction Books of 2015
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As 2015 comes to a close, you may be looking back and wondering what were some of the best things from this year. Perhaps you’ve seen “best of” lists popping up all over the web and thought to yourself what constitutes the best anyway? How are the titles selected for these lists? Well, it mostly depends on the source. After all, anyone can start a blog and what they include on their blog can be a matter of opinion. For this reason, we’ve highlighted notable titles pulled from trusted sources like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Forbes, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, Rolling Stone and Library Journal to name a few. If that’s not enough – many were featured as the “best of 2015″ on multiple lists. We hope you’ll discover something great!
If you’re a fan of fiction, then you may enjoy our last blog post: Best Fiction Books of 2015
Biography & Memoir
Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs by Sally Mann has been named one of the best books of 2015 by Amazon, BookPage, NPR, Publisher’s Weekly and The Washington Post. |
“A boldly alive, bracingly honest, thoroughly engrossing, sun-dappled, and deeply shadowed tale of inheritance and defiance, creativity and remembrance by an audacious and tenacious American photographer.” - Booklist (starred review)
“Mann’s prose-luminous, chatty and smart-together with photographs that arrest and provoke-invites readers to hold the camera still with her, and in that space, to imagine whole narratives that accompany these slices in time.” - Los Angeles Times
“A sweeping tale of Mann’s coming of age, her family history, her artistic influences and choices. It is also an homage to the South…HOLD STILL is thought-provoking and is certainly arresting to look at.” - The Washington Post
If you’d like to check out Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs by Sally Mann, it is available at your local library in the following formats: print book, eBook Text and eBook Audio.
More “Best of 2015″ Biography books you may enjoy:
Business, Economics, Leadership and Management
Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter has been named one of the best books of 2015 by Business Insider, Forbes, NPR and The Washington Post.
“Slaughter should be applauded for devising a ‘new vocabulary’ to identify a broad, misclassified social phenomenon. And she is razor-sharp on outlining the cultural shifts necessary to give caregiving its due ... By putting these issues on the agenda, Slaughter has already taken an essential first step.” -The Economist
“An eye-opening call to action from someone who rethought the whole notion of ‘having it all,’ Unfinished Business could change how many of us approach our most important business: living.” - People
“Another clarion call from [Anne-Marie] Slaughter...Her case for revaluing and better compensating caregiving is compelling ... Slaughter skillfully exposes half-truths in the workplace [and] makes it a point in her book to speak beyond the elite.” - Jill Abramson, The Washington Post
If you’d like to check out Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter, it is available at your local library in the following formats: print book and eBook Text.
More “Best of 2015″ Business books you may enjoy:
General History and the History of (various subjects)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates has been named one of the best books of 2015 by Amazon, BookPage, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR and Publisher’s Weekly. This multifaceted National Book Award winning title is often listed under multiple categories – Biography & Memoir, History, and Race Relations in the United States.
“The powerful story of a father’s past and a son’s future Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Immense, multifaceted . . . This is a poet’s book, revealing the sensibility of a writer to whom words—exact words—matter. . . . As a meditation on race in America, haunted by the bodies of black men, women, and children, Coates’s compelling, indeed stunning, work is rare in its power to make you want to slow down and read every word. This is a book that will be hailed as a classic of our time.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.” - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
More “Best of 2015″ History books you may enjoy:
Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis is a National Book Award Winner. It has also been named one of the best books of 2015 by Flavorwire, The Paris Review and Publisher’s Weekly.
“Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems reframes the black figure, most specifically the black female, by pointing out the borders of black beauty, black happiness, and black resilience in our canonical visual culture. Tender and masterful opening and closing poems bookend the archival, lyric masterwork … Robin Coste Lewis takes back depictions of the black feminine and refuses to land or hold down that which has always been alive and loving and lovely.” - Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric
“Lewis’s astonishing debut full-length collection works as a triptych, with the title poem’s central panel flanked by autobiographical lyric poems that investigate intersections of blackness and gender, geography, alienation, and the formation of the self.” - Publisher’s Weekly
If you’d like to check out Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis, it is available at your local library in the following formats: print book and eBook Text.
More “Best of 2015″ Poetry collections you may enjoy:
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald has been named one of the best books of 2015 by Amazon, Brain Pickings, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times, NPR, Oprah.com, Publisher’s Weekly and The Washington Post.
“Had there been an award for the best new book that defies every genre, I imagine it would have won that too. . . . Coherent, complete, and riveting, perhaps the finest nonfiction I read in the past year.” - Kathryn Schulz, New Yorker
“Captivating and beautifully written, it’s a meditation on the bond between beasts and humans and the pain and beauty of being alive.” - People “To categorize this work as merely memoir, nature writing or spiritual writing would understate [Macdonald’s] achievement . . . her prose glows and burns.” - Karin Altenberg, Wall Street Journal
If you’d like to check out H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, it is available at your local library in the following formats: print book, audiobook (CD), eBook Text and eBook Audio.
More “Best of 2015″ General Nonfiction books you may enjoy:
Best of 2015 – Books Lists
Featured Image Credit: Nonfiction Book Cover Collage by April Schwarzkopf, created using PicMonkey.