The New York Times’s Sunday Book Review

What’s the Best Book, New or Old, You Read This Year?

In this special year-end edition of Bookends, our 16 columnists share their favorite reading experience of 2015.

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Dana Stevens:

I tore through Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetralogy in a mad rush — and then, as the fourth book drew to a close, slowed the pace to make the experience last. These page-turning novels of ideas took me to that rare place where the demands of the outside world seem like little more than an elaborate conspiracy to keep you away from your book.

Dana Stevens is the film critic at Slate and a cohost of the Slate Culture Gabfest.