10 books we loved reading in 2015 – USA TODAY
These 10 fiction and non-fiction titles madeÂ lasting impressionsÂ onÂ USA TODAYâs reviewers in 2015.
1. Purity by Jonathan Franzen (fiction)
Franzenâs wildly entertaining, overstuffed novel revolves around an unforgettable central character â Andreas Wolf, a Julian Assange-like âInternet outlawâ and former East German dissident on the lam.
2. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (fiction)
In her 20th novel, the master portraitistÂ ofÂ the American family offers a tender and ironic vision of the origins and mysteries of the Whitshanks of Baltimore.
3. Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (fiction)
Johnsonâs collection of richly detailed, harrowing short stories is a triumph of imagination that will leave you breathless and haunted (winner of the National Book Award for fiction).
4. The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg (fiction)
This historical novel about gender-bending 19th century writer George Sand couldnât be more timely; told in Sandâs voice, her story is melancholy, intimate, self-aware and heartbreaking.
5. The Girl in the Spiderâs Web by David Lagercrantz (fiction)
Lagercrantz deftly carries the torch for the late Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy), crafting a pulpy, page-turning fourth book that honors hacker heroine Lisbeth Salanderâs legacy while delving deeper into her depraved world.
6. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (fiction)
A sobering historical allegory thatâs also a crackling adventure story and a profound love story about a couple facing the ultimate truths.
7. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (non-fiction)
An exhaustively researched, gorgeously written history of the Salem witch trials that unearths what really happened and why it matters in 21st century America.
8. Katrina: After the FloodÂ by Gary RivlinÂ (non-fiction)
Rivlinâs compassionate, yet unsparing reporting establishes one clear, hard point about the 2005 hurricane and flood that ravaged New Orleans: That the catastrophe didnât end when the waters receded.
9. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill LeovyÂ (non-fiction)
Leovyâs distressing â and distressingly relevantÂ –Â book examines the epidemic of murders of African-Americans in South Los Angeles over the last decade.
10. M Train by Patti Smith (non-fiction)
A timeless meditation on age and independence from the last romantic standing, alsoÂ the author of Just Kids.
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Contributing reviewers: Jocelyn McClurg, Charles Finch, Elysa Gardner, Patty Rhule, Patrick Ryan, Kevin Nance, Gene Seymour, Matt Damsker