Best of 2015 Books



Oliver32015 has been a wonderful year for publishers and readers. My “Best of 2015” list consists of the books that I am most likely to read again. In the memoir category, Norway’s Karl Ove Knausgaard’s fourth volume of My Struggle is part of a series that I believe will be a contender for the Nobel prize for literature.  For fiction, Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread is my top pick, but Incarnations by Susan Barker is a close contender. Asne Seierstad, also from Norway, wrote One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, a masterpiece  which is on many “best of non-fiction” lists.  I believe that “the” book on pedagogy this year is Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters! because I’m convinced it can lead to productive changes in the classroom.  In the poetry category, Mary Oliver‘s transcendentalist guidebook offers both hope and wisdom for the new year and beyond.  Thank you for joining me this year.  Here’s to more great books in 2016!


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