Jack's Top Ten (Actually Eleven) Brilliant Books of 2015

 

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The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape By James Rebanks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250060242
Published: Flatiron Books - May 12th, 2015

My favorite escapist read of the year. An insightful look at modern shepherding in England. The book is broken into four sections, each following a season in the lives of the shepherd's family and their flock.


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Where the Bird Sings Best By Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfred MacAdam (Translated by) Cover Image
By Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfred MacAdam (Translated by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781632060280
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Published: Restless Books - March 31st, 2015

This is the first piece of literature from Restless Books that I was privy to this year. Reads like a bad acid trip Hundred Years of Solitude. Those familiar with Jodorowsky's films will know what to expect here. Definitely for the more adventurous reader.


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The Man Who Spoke Snakish By Andrus Kivirähk, Christopher Moseley (Translator) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124128
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 3rd, 2015

An Estonian "fantasy" or fable that is both a coming-of-age tale and a comically bleak look at the disappearance of a culture.


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The Wake: A Novel By Paul Kingsnorth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781555977177
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

My most anticipated book of the year. Kingsnorth's Man-Booker long-listed novel follows a self-righteous, fiercely English narrator through the wreckage of England post-Norman invasion. This novel is written in what will feel to the reader like Old English, creating a fully immersive experience.


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M Train By Patti Smith Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101875100
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Published: Knopf - October 6th, 2015

Though not as focused as Just Kids, Patti Smith's M Train is a delightful meandering through her mind and various coffee shops of the world.


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Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival By John Freeman (Editor) Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124418
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2015

An amazing new literary journal put together by one-time editor of Granta. The first issue is fantastic and features Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Aleksandar Hemon, Murakami, Sjon, Lydia Davis, Anne Carson, and more. I'm excited to see what they do in the future.


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The Story of My Teeth By Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

An experimental novel co-written by the Jumex factory workers in Mexico. Follows the exploits of a man named Highway as he rises from folly to glory.


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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories By Anthony Marra Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780770436438
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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

Reads less like a collection of short stories and more like a novel in many pieces. It is an intricately woven story of Soviet darkness and obsession.


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Our Souls at Night: A novel By Kent Haruf Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781101875896
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Published: Knopf - May 26th, 2015

The final novel by Kent Haruf is short and sweet. It's a look at love in later years in a very small town.


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The Little Town Where Time Stood Still By Bohumil Hrabal, James Naughton (Translated by), Joshua Cohen (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Bohumil Hrabal, James Naughton (Translated by), Joshua Cohen (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590178409
Published: NYRB Classics - June 30th, 2015

Two linked novellas from the Czech master of small town life and Soviet absurdity.