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The 10 Best Books of 2015

In the humble opinion of one of our editors…

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Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Jillian by Halle Butler

Eve’s Hollywood by Eve Babitz

Making Nice by Matt Sumell

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THE FREE STUFF: I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

Well, we tried.

Half of the essays from Kent Russell’s debut collection, I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, are available online. And we wanted to share the links with you, because Russell is clearly an heir to David Foster Wallace and John Jeremiah Sullivan: his writing is ambitious, emotional, and chronically ambivalent about the contemporary American condition. You will love him. But in order to read most of his articles, you would have to subscribe to various publications.

There is ONE essay from I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son that is available online for free. In the book it’s called “Island Man,” but when it was originally published at The New Republic, it was (rather desperately) called “This Man Moved to a Desert Island to Disappear. Here’s What Happened.”

“Island Man”

If you subscribe to Harper’s or n+1 you can read “Ryan Went to Afghanistan” online.

“Ryan Went to Afghanistan” Harper’s

“Ryan Went to Afghanistan” n+1

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