I think Ghettoside by Jill Leovy is a great, important book. First, there's her choice of subject: a murder epidemic, which has been dismissed and forgotten. There's her approach: street-level investigative journalism combined with an anthropological, historical perspective. And, finally, there's her execution: a perfect piece of writing: smooth, dramatic, and making you stop and think. More from A Year in Reading 2015 Don't miss: A Year in Reading 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 The good stuff: The Millions' Notable articles The motherlode: The Millions' Books and Reviews Like what you see? Learn about 5 insanely easy ways to Support The Millions, and follow The Millions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.