Top Books of 2015

Here, in no particular order, are the top picks from the 50+ books I reviewed this year for The Gazette.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

A beautifully written novel about thirteen siblings coming to consensus about the fate of their aging mother’s home. A modern classic.






Everland by Rebecca Hunt

The story of two Antarctic expeditions to Everland Island – one in 1913, one a hundred years later. Everything goes wrong on each voyage, but because of hubris, fate, and nostalgia, the truth of each expedition remains unknown to the outside world. Or does it?






Vano and Niko by Erlom Akhvlediani

A collection of extraordinary tales by one of Georgia’s most treasured poets. Visually and imaginatively stimulating stories of, say, an 11-sided mouse, take charming, and surprisingly philosophical, turns.








She Weeps Each Time You’re Born by Quan Barry

Rabbit, a Vietnamese girl born under miraculous and cruel circumstances in 1972, takes readers through a gripping war story filled with magical realism.








Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard

Meticulously researched, Southard’s book follows the lives of five bombing survivors for seventy years, charting their catastrophic injuries, their emotional and physical struggles, and their amazing resilience.