2014 was a great year for books all around, but academic publishing in particular branched out, with quality works in philosophy, poetry, fiction, and history. This was, of course, the year of Piketty’s broad, sweeping economic tome Capital, but it was also the year of smaller books like Kristeva’s The Severed Head and Cecilia Corrigan’s excellent debut Titanic. For many readers, it’s too easy to forget academic presses, especially as more and more book purchasing goes online, but I hope this list will give you reason to seek out books by these amazing publishers.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty (Harvard University Press
While it may fall short of the ambitions of its title, and certainly it is not flawless, Piketty’s Capital is a must-read and good one. It’s been written ad nauseum that the book reads like a 19th century novel. This may be pushing it a bit, but the book is still the best written work of economic writing you’ll find for years. It deserves the accolades and debates that swarm around it.