Here are my ratings for the books I read in 2015. In case you’ve forgotten, the scale goes like this: 1 — pass, 2 — some good some bad, 3 — recommended, 4 — can’t stop raving about it, 5 — fundamentally
 changed my life.

1. The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: and 44 Other Forgotten Figures in History (Donald) 2

2. Bossypants (Fey) 2

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot) 4

4. The Granite Garden: Urban Nature And Human Design (Spirn) 2

5. 41: A Portrait of My Father (Bush) 4

6. History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (Meltzer) 2

7. A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design (Wilczek) 2

8. Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall — from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (Brady) 3

9. A History of Pi (Beckmann) 2

10. Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (Nye) 3

11. Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace (Saval) 3

12. This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection (Burnett) 2

13. Twelve Years a Slave (Northup) 3

14. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Obama) 2

15. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Pollan) 4

16. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou) 3

17. Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel (Limbaugh) 2

18. Invisible Man (Ellison) 3

19. First Family: Abigail and John Adams (Ellis) 4

20. Minnie’s Sacrifice (Harper) 3

21. Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry) 3

22. A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Carson) 3

23. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Covey) 4

24. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t (Collins) 4

25. Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society (Bryson) 3

26. Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry (Barry) 2

27. Things Fall Apart (Achebe) 3

28. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Cain) 4

29. The Evolution of God (Wright) 4

30. Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (Billings) 4

31. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Ellis) 3

32. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (Roubini) 3

33. Exceptionally Human: Successful Communication in a Distracted World (Shapiro) 3

34. The Case for God (Armstrong) 2

35. Bill Bryson’s African Diary (Bryson) 2

36. The Name of God Is Mercy (Francis) 3

37. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Mukherjee) 3

38. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Beard) 4

39. Gratitude (Sacks) 3

40. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (Isaacson) 4

41. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World (Johnson) 3

42. Haunted Philadelphia: Famous Phantoms, Sinister Sites, and Lingering Legends (Oordt) 3

43. No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (Rice) 3

44. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Mann) 4

45. Nature Writings (Muir) 3

46. Mom & Me & Mom (Angelou) 3

47. Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania (Bruni) 4

48. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (Pollan) 3

49. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Marable) 3

50. African-American Poetry: An Anthology 1773–1927 (Sherman) 4

51. Yes, Please (Poehler) 2

52. Beloved (Morrison) 3

53. Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor (Everitt) 4

54. Why Not Me (Kaling) 2

55. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Vance) 3

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