The 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers of 2015

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The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (Princeton University Press)

This was a year of many of books about the Anthropocene — the name now frequently invoked to describe an era of incalculable human impact on geological and ecological conditions. Few of these books are as focused and useful as Tsing’s, which follows the supply chain of the Matsutake, the most valuable mushroom in the world, through “Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more.” How else to negotiate the conditions — if there are any — for our survival?