2015’s Big Break­outs

Forbes - - Business Library -

IT HAS BEEN an odd year for the $28 bil­lion U.S. pub­lish­ing in­dus­try. Con­sider: Col­or­ing books mar­keted as stress re­lief for adults few of the shelves; a new short-story col­lec­tion from Lucia Berlin, who has been dead for 11 years, be­came her fastest­selling and landed on the New York Times best­seller list fol­low­ing its Au­gust pub­li­ca­tion; and Harper Lee’s slav­ishly an­tic­i­pated Go Set a Watch­man earned tepid re­views and bummed out Lee devo­tees with its rev­e­la­tion that late-life At­ti­cus Finch was a bit of a racist. Here’s a look at some no­table big sell­ers, break­out de­buts and crit­i­cal dar­lings from the year nearly past.

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