As chosen by the editors of The @washingtonpost. You can find all our 2015 picks here:
  1. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME By Ta-Nehisi Coates
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    This work, which won the National Book Award in nonfiction, is something to behold: a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers when national events most conform to his vision.
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    Warrick, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The Washington Post, explains the importance of a Jordanian thug known by his nom de guerre, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and analyzes his continuing influence on the Islamic State long after his death in 2006.
  3. THE BOOK OF ARON By Jim Shepard
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    In the summer of 1942, German soldiers expelled almost 200 starving children from an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto and packed them into rail cars bound for Treblinka. Drawing on his imagination and dozens of historical sources, Shepard brings the Warsaw orphanage to life in this remarkable novel about a poor Polish boy and his friendship with the caretaker of the orphans, the pediatrician Janusz Korczak.
  4. DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush By Jon Meecham
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    Meacham’s new biography of George H.W. Bush completes the historical and popular rehabilitation of its subject, though it does by affirming, not upending, common perceptions of America’s 41st president.
  5. FATES AND FURIES By Lauren Groff
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    Spanning decades, oceans and the whole economic scale from indigence to opulence, “Fates and Furies,” which is a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, holds within its grasp the story of one extraordinary marriage.
  6. FUTURE CRIMES: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It By Marc Goodman
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    Goodman, a former beat cop who founded the Future Crimes Institute, wrote his book to shed light on the latest in criminal and terrorist tradecraft and to kick off a discussion.
  7. A LITTLE LIFE By Hanya Yanagihara
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    Yanagihara’s novel, which is a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, illuminates human suffering pushed to its limits, drawn in extraordinary, eloquent detail.
  8. NEGROLAND: A MEMOIR By Margo Jefferson
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    “Negroland” is not about raw racism or caricatured villains. It is about subtleties and nuances, presumptions and slights that chip away at one’s humanity and take a mental toll.
  9. PURITY By Jonathan Franzen
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    As he did in “The Corrections” (2001) and “Freedom” (2010), Franzen once again begins with a family, and his ravenous intellect strides the globe, drawing us through a collection of cleverly connected plots infused with major issues of our era.
  10. WELCOME TO BRAGGSVILLE By T. Geronimo Johnson
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    This shockingly funny story pricks every nerve of the American body politic. Soon after D’aeon Little May Davenport, a polite white teen from Braggsville, Ga., arrives at the hypersensitive University of California at Berkeley, he and his friends decide to stage a mock lynching, “a performative intervention,” during a Civil War reenactment.