Best Books of 1985

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1985:

Fiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
Flaubert’s ParrotJulian Barnes
Love MedicineLouise Erdrich
Mr. PalomarItalo Calvino
The Old Forest: And Other StoriesPeter Taylor

Nonfiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945David S. Wyman
All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter With IranGary Sick
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American FamiliesJ. Anthony Lukas
Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic BiographerRichard Holmes
HouseTracy Kidder
Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and WhiteJoseph Lelyveld
The Periodic TablePrimo Levi

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1985

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction books of 1985:

TitleAuthor
Winner: Foreign AffairsAlison Lurie
Finalist: I Wish This War Were OverDiana O’Hehir
Finalist: Leaving the LandDouglas Unger

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction books of 1985:

TitleAuthor
Winner: The Good War: An Oral History of World War TwoStuds Terkel
Finalist: Dawn to the West: Japanese Literature in the Modern EraDonald Keene
Finalist: Endless Enemies: The Making of an Unfriendly WorldJonathan Kwitny