2015 Favorite Books

Collected New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015

(Some comments ours, some not…Happy Reading!)

  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages. Tom Holt
  • Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories. Jennifer Morales
  • The Name of the Wind. Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Hounds of the Morrigan. Pat O’Shea
  • Putting Out of Your Mind. Bob Rotella
  • The Whites. Harry Brandt
  • Brushback. Sara Paretsky
  • The Invention of Wings. Sue Monk Kidd
  • Body of Truth. Harriet Brown
  • The Troubles Trilogy. Ian McKinty
  • Just Mercy. Bryan Stevenson
  • Smila’s Sense of Snow.┬áPeter Hoeg
  • The Road to Dallas (best book ever about first Kennedy assasination)
  • Black Against Empire (on the Black Panthers)
  • Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. Phyllis Bennis
  • The Half that Has Not Yet Been Told (on slavery)
  • Desert Queen (about Gertrude Brooks and the founding of Iraq)
  • Biographies of Margaret Sanger. Ida Tarbell (note: I could not find a book by this name by this author)
  • An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series. Chanda Hahn
  • Teach Us to Sit Still. Tim Parks
  • Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the US During WW I
  • The Children. David Halberstam
  • The Invisible Bridge. Julie Orringer
  • Corelli’s Mandolin. Louis de Bernieres
  • 20 Chickens for a Saddle. Robin Scott
  • Accidental Saints. Nadia Bolz Webber
  • Massacre at Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War. Stephen Ash
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
8 comments on “2015 Favorite Books
  1. Allen Ruff says:

    Sorry Pat & I missed the annual fete. My favorite books: Empire of Destiny by Greg Grandin; Gerald Horne’s Counter-Revolution of 1776.

  2. Steve Rankin says:

    It’s possible that the listing for Margaret Sanger/Ida Tarbell is referring to two different books. Both Tarbell and Sanger wrote autobiographies and biographies of both were written by others.

  3. Allen Ruff says:

    Granin’s book is actually tilted “Empire of Necessity”. An marvelous history/illumination on what the slave trade was in the early 19th century.

  4. Eric says:

    A couple of books about race in America

    Title: Ordinary injustice
    Author: Bach, Amy,
    Examples of both over-incarceration and under-incarceration

    Title: Between the world and me.
    Author: Coates, Ta-Nehisi
    The book we read for weekly gathering – gets to the feeling of over policing
    good to read in collaboration with The New Jim Crow

    Title: The Selma of the North
    Author: Jones, Patrick D.
    Not the best writing, but notably is mostly a history of Father Gropi working on fair housing in Milwaukee
    Interesting in part by location and in part because of the Not-Violence philosophy
    which is different from Non-violence


    The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Paperback
    by Jonathan Haidt

    A couple of science fiction.

    Title: Seveneves
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    Starts with the moon breaking up, the earth becomes unihabitable, for a few thousand years.

    A couple of sci-fi novels exploring what it means to have a body.
    Title: Old man’s war
    Author: Scalzi, John,

    Title: Lock in
    Author: Scalzi, John,

    Young adult novel

    Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
    Author: John Green & David Levithan

  5. Colleen says:

    I have to add some poetry: Application for Release from the Dream by Tony Hoagland. Very accessible, sometimes beautiful, funny, sad.

  6. Judith Utevsky says:

    Movie I forgot to write on the list: A Late Quartette

  7. Mary Gandolfo says:

    The Lotus and the Storm, by Lan Cao tells the story of the American withdrawal from Vietnam, as seen by a Vietnamese family who is resettled here. Phenomenal read.

  8. tim wong says:

    the two books i would have put on the list had i been there are: stan cox, losing our cool (about our addiction to air conditioning), and an older book, chris hedges, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

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