Adult Book Lists: Best Books of 2015

[Printable book list]

Aziz Ansari / 646.77 ANSARI Goodreads Choice Winner
Modern Romance (also in ebook)
Comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist, Eric Klinenberg, to explore the nature of modern relationships. They look at the differences in courtship rituals in the past and present, and they look into the impact of modern technology.

Ta-Nehisi Coates / 305.800973 COATES National Book Award for Non-Fiction Work
Between the World and Me (also in ebook)
In the format of a letter to his adolescent son, Coates discusses growing up black during a turbulent time, startling revelations he made during that time, and a warning to his son about the issues that young black men are still facing today.

Anthony Doerr / FIC DOERR Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
All the Light We Cannot See (also in large print, audiobook, and ebook)
Marie-Laure, a 12-year-old blind girl from Paris, and her father must flee to Saint-Malo from the Nazi occupation of France, carrying a valuable (yet dangerous) jewel from the Louvre. German orphan, Werner, knows how to build and fix radios, earning him a place in Hitler's Youth. He is also given a special assignment of tracking the resistance effort. His travels take him to Saint-Malo, where his life converges with Marie-Laure.

Kristin Hannah / FIC HANNAH Goodreads Choice Winner
The Nightingale (also in large print, audiobook, and ebook)
In a small village in France in 1939, Vianne Mauriac's husband is headed for the front lines of the war. When the Nazis invade France, she is forced to take in a Nazi soldier, who watches her family's every move. Vianne's sister Isabel ends up working with the Resistance, and she faces all the danger that comes from that choice. This is a portrait of the women of World War II.

Paula Hawkins / FIC HAWKINS Goodreads Choice Winner
The Girl on the Train (also in large print, audiobook, and ebook)
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning on her way to work, and she always pays attention to a certain couple that breakfast on their deck. She even starts to feel like she really knows them. One day, however, she witness something shocking, and soon she finds herself in the middle of a missing persons case.

Marlon James / FIC JAMES Man Booker Prize Winner
A Brief History of Seven Killings
A fictionalized investigation into the attempted assassination of Bob Marley on December 3, 1976. This book is also a glimpse into Jamaica's turbulent past and the aftermath of the attempt.

Adam Johnson / FIC JOHNSON National Book Award Winner for Fiction
Fortune Smiles: Stories (also in ebook)
A collection of six short stories In post-Katrina Louisiana, a young man searches for the mother of his son.

Stephen King / FIC KING Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner for Mystery
Mr. Mercedes (also in large print and audiobook)
Three unlikely heroes race against time to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands of people. This man had already killed eight people by driving his Mercedes through a job fair crowd, and he threatens even more violence this time. Only retired cop, Bill Hodges can apprehend this killer before he strikes again.

Erik Larson / 940.4514 LARSON Goodreads Choice Winner
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (also in large print, audiobook, and ebook)
A 100th anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania, with all of the factors that lead to the tragic sinking on May 1, 1915.

Harper Lee / FIC LEE Goodreads Choice Winner
Go Set a Watchman (also in large print, audiobook, and ebook)
This is the first draft of Harper Lee's masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was originally rejected by her editors. It is set twenty years later, with Scout visiting her father and dealing with the heightened tensions that are both political and racial within the South.

Atticus Lish / FIC LISH PEN/Faulkner Award Winner for Fiction
Preparation for the Next Life
Skinner comes to New York after a disastrous tour of Iraq. He believes if he parties enough, he might just start to want to live again. Zou Lei flees to New York after a deportation scare and tries her best to blend into the crowd and stay hidden. They meet in a food court and fall in love, but with her fear of deportation and his post-traumatic stress disorder, will they be able to stay together or even help one another?

Cixin Liu / FIC LIU Hugo Award Winner for Science Fiction
The Three-Body Problem (also in ebook)
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sent out messages in order to contact aliens. Forty years later, scientist Ye Zehtai's work on that project is tied to a string of physicist suicides and the solving a physics problem with the same name as the title, within a strange online role-playing game. It also seems that the alien civilization that receives one of the messages plans invasion over communication.

David G. McCullough / 629.1300922 MCCULLOU New York Times Best Seller
The Wright Brothers (also in large print, audiobook, and ebook)
McCullough delves into the lives of the two brothers. He shows that even though they had no more than a high school education, the Wright brothers were courageous and determined to succeed, even when facing death every time they tried to take off.

David Mitchell / LP FIC MITCHELL World Fantasy Award Winner
The Bone Clocks (also in ebook)
After a fight with her mom over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes runs away. She is, however, no ordinary teenage runaway. When she was younger, she could hear "the radio people" and is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Her loss and subsequent story is told through the eyes of six people whose lives she touches and takes part in, and those individuals who witness the epic battle between good and evil that she eventually takes part in.

Jeff VanderMeer / SF VANDERME Nebula Award Winner for Science Fiction
Annihilation (also in ebook)
This is the first book in the author's Southern Reach Trilogy. Area X has been cut off from the rest of their civilization for decades. Eleven expeditions had been sent into the area to study it, but each one failed, as the members turned on one another, committed mass suicide, or returned as only a shadow of their former selves and dying of cancer (as the members of the 11th had done). The members of the 12th expedition are all women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist and their leader, and the narrator, a biologist. These explorers are to map the terrain and keep an eye on another, hoping not to be but also expecting to be contaminated by Area X.