When I was invited to put together a year-end nonfiction list, it created the exciting opportunity — and daunting obligation — to go back and read a dozen or so books that a combination of positive reviews, adoration of my colleagues, and consistent interest from our customers compelled me to consider for this list. Several of them made the list (the rest are books that I had already gotten to because I am very well-read — and totally secure about it, thanks!
In years past, we’ve looked for common themes in this list. This year, I think that each book is located somewhere at the nexus of love and endurance, but each of these 10 singular works gets there by pushing past the limits often imposed by their genres. All of these books are themselves trick mirrors: presenting as one narrow category and then astonishing with their expansiveness. The truest commonality between them is that these books are all remarkably good, and I encourage you to consider this an exciting opportunity to read them all.