The 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers of 2015


Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World, Amitava Kumar (Duke University Press)

A dexterous and entertaining book that mixes personal essay, reportage, and criticism, Lunch With a Bigot never loses sight of its subtitle: each piece, in its own way, is about the writing life, whether it deals with paper as an object of the sacred and profane, the immigrant writer’s experience of “being brown in America,” or the temporal dislocation of returning home.