Bill’s Picks – My Favorite Books for 2015

Fiction:

1. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr (2014, 525p) My fiction favorite of the year
2. Let Me Be Frank with You Richard Ford (2014, 275p) Continuing the life and times of Frank Bascombe
3. A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James (2014, 750p) In spite of MN Book Award and Mann Booker Prize, it’s still tough going
4. Slade House David Mitchell (2015, 225p) (Cloud Atlas, Bone Clocks) A somewhat “far-out” fantasy

Nonfiction:

1. The Innovators Walter Isaacson (2014, 475p) The story of the founding giants of technology
2. Dead Wake Erik Larson (2015, 350p) Sinking of the Lusitania with interesting WWI context
3. The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert (2014, 300p) An “important” book on mass extinction
4. Natural Born Heroes Christopher McDougall (2015, 400p) WWII Resistance on Crete
5. Missoula Jon Krakauer (2015, 350p) Very disturbing expose` of rape on college campuses
6. All the Wrong Places Philip Connors (2015, 250p) Memoir of a family tragedy

Crime, Espionage:

1. The Whites Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt and not fooling anyone) (2015, 325p) A master of crime dialogue
2. World Gone By Dennis Lehane (2015, 300p) The Mafia in Florida, circa 1940’s
3. Finders Keepers Stephen King (2015, 375p) Book 2 of a crime trilogy starting with Mr. Mercedes. Bill Hodges, ex-cop, turns quasi-PI.
4. The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Lagercrantz (2015, 400p) Translated from Swedish, takes up where Stieg Larrson left off
5. Leaving Berlin Joseph Kanon (2015, 375p) Psychological spy thriller post WWII
6. Career of Evil J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith) (2015, 500p) Third in the Cormoran Strike series. He is a lovable, hard-luck, London PI