We've read some great books this year, but sometimes the ones we love just don't get the time in the sun we think they deserve. Here are some of our favorite overlooked/underrated books of 2k15!
  1. The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavitz
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    A playful revisiting of the traditional diary format, Julavits' thoughtful and funny entries tackle everything from the passing of time to seemingly banal family events. For anyone who ever kept a diary or just wants to read (or snoop in) them, this look into a writer's mind will enlighten and inspire. -Jane, Rare Books
  2. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
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    Kent Haruf's final book is the perfect distillation of what made him one of our most important writers: the prose is spare and restrained, the characters wonderfully subtle and real, and the book steadfast and beautiful. A wonderful and accomplished end to his canon. -Cale, Main Floor
  3. Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast
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    Shechet spent six months in 2012 at the famed Meissen porcelain factory in Germany, working alongside artists that were keeping alive a style of decorative art that dates back to the 1700s. Meissen Recast is full of her adaptations and combinations of the original molds that both celebrate the history and subverts our very ideas of craftsmanship in porcelain. -Maya, Main Floor
  4. The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato
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    Pop music. Situationism. Mystery. Guy Debord. Illuminati. Sex. Love. S.I. Molly Metro. Conspiracy. Man, this is a trippy read! Disabato bends all genres and the outcome is a mischievous play on pop culture references that keep these pages turning. If you are into mysteries, philosophy and cartography, don’t miss this. WHERE IS MOLLY METRO? -Miguel, Visual Merch
  5. Charlie and the Grandmothers by Katy Towell
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    This is a creepy middle grade adventure perfect for fans of Coraline and The Witches. 12yo Charlie is afraid of everything, so when he and his rashly brave sister Georgie are sent to stay with Grandmother, his concerns (such as "Both of our grandmothers are definitely dead, Georgie, I mean we've been to their funerals, remember?") are ignored. Is Charlie just crying wolf, or is Grandmother more menacing than she seems? -Jay, Kids dept
  6. Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
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    Spencer loves to read every night before bed, but when he begins to notice that his books are going missing, he does his best to track them down. After the search for the mysterious thief, Spencer has a great idea about how to share his books with all. With adorable illustrations, this overlooked book of 2015 is surely one for book lovers of all ages. -Myllicent, Kids dept
  7. Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows by John Lahr
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    A collection of the noted New Yorker critic John Lahr’s interviews and essays on contemporary theater. While theatre is inherently ephemeral, Lahr's criticism documents the most important developments of the stage in a concise and loving tone. It is a joy to read. -Will A., Main Floor
  8. Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Christin O'Keefe Aptowicz
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    In this rich and fascinating tale of an extraordinary (and fashion forward) man's life, Christin O'keefe Aptowicz paints a vivid picture of the world Mütter lived in - the chaos of the industrial revolution, the sexism and resistance to progressive innovation in the medical community, the national tension whirling between north and south, as well as the insane fashion absurdities that caused many of his patients injuries. -Melissa, Basement
  9. The Trumpets of Jericho by Unica Zurn
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    Available in English for the first time from the overlooked surrealist Unica Zurn, this slim volume unfolds as a series of brooding vignettes where sense & nonsense commingle to produce an emotional narrative that manages to be both harrowing and somehow strangely joyful. -Kyle, Visual Merch
  10. The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann
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    Hard to believe that a book of this length, 1376 pages, was overlooked by the corpus of reviewers; more than likely they were daunted (or dismayed) by the task ahead of them. That being said Vollmann's latest entry into his Seven Dreams series charts the fighting retreat of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians, gamely pursued throughout the Oregon territory and the greater Pacific Northwest. In a highlight-reel filled career The Dying Grass is Vollmann's greatest triumph. -Sean, Basement
  11. The Physics of Sorrow by Georgi Gospodinov
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    This Bulgarian novel, superbly translated by Angela Rodel, takes the myth of the Minotaur and his labyrinth and constructs a novel (or a maze of stories if you prefer) centered around this woefully misunderstood figure. Looking at time from a three-dimensional aspect Gospodinov takes the reader down numerous narrative side streets until circling back to the heart of the narrator's own personal mythopoesis. -Sean, Basement
  12. Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso
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    A slim but rich read, minimalist in style, Ongoingness strikes a chord with our impulse to document, to assess, to preserve ourselves. Manguso’s life-long obsession with journaling takes a radical shift when she becomes a mother and begins to examine her relationship with the impermanence of the world. One of my favorite reads of 2015. -Colleen, Marketing