Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

We are back at the Bryant Corner Cafe with a tough task from Nancy Pearl. What has been the best book of 2015. Some of us chose books published this year- which is what Nancy was aiming for, in fiction and non-fiction. Others just mentioned their best read so far. 

In addition, we offer an excerpt from Steve's interview with Patrick Kennedy about his book "A Common Struggle." We will post the entire interview in a That Stack of Books extra soon. 


Here is the list of The Best Book(s) We Have Read (So Far This Year)


Nancy was aiming towards best books of the year so far in fiction.



Christian Appy, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity.  (Nancy’s Pick)


Other books we liked this year.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin ( Katy’s Pick)

Nathaniel Philbrick, The Last Stand: Custer Sitting Bull and The Battle of the Little Big Horn (Tom Bird’s Pick)

William Maxwell, FB Eye’s: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (Robin’s Pick)

Denise Kieman, The Girl’s of Atomic City (Ros’s Pick)

Claude Steele, Whistling Vivialdi ( Steve’s Pick)

Randy Spelling, Unlimited You: Step Out of Your Past and Into Your Purpose (Jenny’s Pick)

Bee Wilson, Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat ( Keith’s Pick)

Patrick Kennedy, A Common Struggle ( Steve’s choice for getting on more lists soon.)




Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer ( Nancy’s Pick)


Other books we liked reading this year.


Jonas Jonasson, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared (Becky’ s Pick)

Black Hills, Dan Simmons

Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone ( Katy’s Pick)

Lucia Berlin, A Manual For Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Betsey’s Pick)