Books of the Year

Fifteen additional picks

By Benjamin Schwarz

See the top five here

The Bradshaw Variations: A Novel, by Rachel Cusk (FSG)

Elizabethan Architecture, by Mark Girouard (Yale)

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, by Jennifer Homans (Random House)

The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well, by Lynne A. Isbell (Harvard)

Family Britain: 1951-1957, byDavid Kynaston (Walker)

Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews, by Peter Longerich (Oxford)

The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan, by Richard Nickel and Aaron Siskind with John Vinci and Ward Miller (Chicago)

Rethinking France: Le Lieux de memoire (a four-volume work, concluded this year) edited by Pierre Nora (Chicago)

Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life, by Nicholas Phillipson (Yale)

My Hollywood: A Novel, by Mona Simpson (Knopf)

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder (Basic)

Muriel Spark: The Biography, by Martin Stannard (Norton)

Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater, by Larry Stempel (Norton)

Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580–1865, by Christopher Tomlins (Cambridge)

Trespass: A Novel, by Rose Tremain (Norton)

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