As with many other organizations, the New York Times Book Review puts out an annual list of the best books published in the past year. Known for its in-depth, analytical reviews each week, I always enjoy seeing the books that critics at the Book Review consider the best of the best.
You can see the entire list of the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 here, and make requests on books you’re interested in! What’s on the list this year? Some widely acclaimed titles like Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life won’t surprise readers, but there’s a fair share of unique titles on the list too:
Vanessa and Her Sister is the story of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, both exceedingly talented, and both part of a turn-of-the-century group of eccentric artists and intellectuals. Told through the eyes of Vanessa, readers get a fascinating perspective on the life of Virginia Woolf and her long-term struggle with mental illness.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, is the story of author William Finnegan’s actual experiences as a life-long surfer. The breezy book is reminiscent of a day spent surfing the California coast, although Finnegan began his career in Honolulu and eventually traveled to the most exotic of exotic locales chasing the perfect wave.
Do No Harm, by neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals and surgerical rooms. Part biography, part consideration of health policy, and party absorbsing description of operations and procedures, this account is brutally honest and sheds new light on the outlook of doctors everywhere.