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goop’s Best of the Year List

In case you missed it, a rundown of what team goop binge-watched, ate, read, listened to, and generally loved in 2015.


  • A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

    A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara

    Profound, gripping, heartbreaking. And then all of those things again. As Yanagihara’s second novel, it is ambitious in both size and scope, and unrelenting in its spellbinding story arc, which traces the lives of four college friends who move to New York City and set about their lives. Told over decades, it primarily revolves around Jude St. Francis, a hauntingly fragile and lovely man, as his past is slowly revealed. It is stunning and will stay with you long after it’s done; don’t be intimidated by its girth.

  • The Japanese Lover | Isabel Allende

    The Japanese Lover

    Isabel Allende

    In this lovely, easy-to-read novel, Isabel Allende traces the lives of two women, who come into each other’s lives in a commune-like old-age home outside of San Francisco. Alma, in the process of winding down her final days as a resident; Irina is a young, sprite-like aide with a tortured past. Like a perfect onion, the book slowly reveals the secrets of Alma’s past, which primarily revolves around a secret, decades-long affair with a Japanese gardener. It’s a timely read, as her lover was interned with his family in the Japanese camps after Pearl Harbor.

  • The Fates & the Furies | Lauren Groff

    The Fates & the Furies

    Lauren Groff

    Fierce and fun, this is one of those reads that manages to subvert its entire plot over the course of the book, proving that you don’t always know the ones you love as well as you might think. For anyone who spent their post-Liberal Arts college years in New York, its cast of characters—and their efforts to both “make it” and grow up in the city—will very much resonate.

  • H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald

    H is for Hawk

    Helen Macdonald

    This memoir details a year in falconer Helen Macdonald’s life, immediately after she loses her father and decides to attempt to train a goshawk, a vicious and deadly bird of prey. It is a beautiful story that deftly explores both life and loss.

  • The Story of the Lost Child | Elena Ferrante

    The Story of the Lost Child

    Elena Ferrante

    When My Brilliant Friend, the first installment of this four-part series first burst onto the scene, nobody had heard of Italian author Elena Ferrante—and conspiracy theorists quickly started positing as to her real identity. This is the final installment of the series, and it is just as powerful as its predecessors. There might be no finer (or fiercer) example of a story about girlhood and friendship.

  • Manual for Cleaning Women | Lucia Berlin

    A Manual for Cleaning Women

    Lucia Berlin

    Lucia Berlin passed away more than a decade ago, but a wise and prescient editor found her previously overlooked short stories and shepherded them into this collection, which is a stunning, moving, and forceful examination of all that makes up America.

  • Razzle Dazzle | Michael Riedel

    Razzle Dazzle

    Michael Riedel

    This behind-the-scenes exploration of Broadway—and all of its glorious and sometimes sordid history—should appeal to even those who don’t love traditional theater. Written by long-time critic, Michael Riedel, it is both hilarious and spell-binding, i.e., the perfect choice for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

  • The Sellout | Paul Beatty

    The Sellout

    Paul Beatty

    This hilarious satire revolves around Bonbon, who grows up in a suburb of Los Angeles and then goes on to sell fancy watermelons and fancy pot (bestseller: A varietal called Anglophobia). He then goes on to attempt to re-instate slavery and segregation in his neighborhood, before ending up in front of the Supreme Court. It is unrelentingly hard-hitting, funny, and wildly smart.

  • Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Between the World and Me

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Dealing primarily with America’s history of racism and injustice toward minorities, Ta-Nehisi Coate’s National Book Award-winning book is not light reading by any means, but it is essential. While it’s addressed to Coate’s son, it’s relevant to readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Movies and Docs:

  • Spotlight

    The subject matter—The Boston Globe’s investigation and eventual exposé of sexual abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church—is undeniably heavy, but it’s masterfully executed in a way that’s as illuminating as it is respectful to the victims.

  • Spy

    Melissa McCarthy’s comedic genius is on full display in this spy-thriller spoof, and surprisingly, Jason Statham also makes hilarious use of his screen time.

  • Straight Outta Compton

    Hands down one of the most anticipated films of 2015, the retelling of N.W.A.’s rise to fame definitely delivered. What’s more, it introduced Straight Outta Compton, the album, to a whole new generation.

  • Trainwreck

    Amy Schumer’s no-holds-barred humor is raunchy for sure, but also has some very serious feminist overtones, and Trainwreck, in which she stars as a commitment-phobic magazine writer alongside Bill Hader, is at times, hilarious.

  • Meru

    As far as sports documentaries go, this one, chronicling how a team of three climbers set out to scale one of the deadliest mountains in the world, covers a lot of ground, touching on everything from man’s inherent need to persevere to the true meaning of friendship.

  • Inside Out

    Like most Pixar films, the clever, touching, and so, so funny Inside Out was intended for kids but inadvertently won the hearts of every adult lucky enough to see it.

  • Brooklyn

    Fans of Colm Tóibín’s beautiful, oftentimes heartbreaking, novel waited years for the film adaptation of Brooklyn, and they were not disappointed.

  • How To Dance in Ohio

    Funny, moving, and truly beautiful, we were completely blown away by Alexandra Shiva’s documentary following a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum as they get ready for their first prom.

  • Steve Jobs

    Granted the facts are fuzzy and the chain of events a little questionable, but you don’t have to be a die-hard Aaron Sorkin fan to appreciate the excellent script, or a Danny Boyle fanatic to agree that this was one of the most entertaining films of the year.

  • The Look of Silence

    It isn’t surprising that The Look of Silence, this year’s companion piece to Jason Oppenheimer’s exploration of the 1965 Indonesian genocide and its perpetrators, The Act of Killing, is already a shoe-in for an Academy Award.

  • Cowspiracy

    This eye-opening film gives an extremely convincing—though, until now, seldom discussed—reason to become a vegetarian: environmentalism.

  • I’ll See You In My Dream

    Blythe Danner carries the film, somehow managing to be funny, endearing, and at times, totally badass. And we’re not just saying that because she’s our boss’s mom.

  • Sicario

    It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what made this drug cartel movie so different from others of its kind, but we’re pretty sure the intensely atmospheric score by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson had a lot to do with it.

  • Amy

    Director Asif Kapadia interviewed more than 100 people to put together the narrative, but he foregoes talking heads in favor of original footage of Winehouse with the voices of her friends and family in the background



  • Bloodline

    The first half of this dark family drama keeps to a slow and steady pace only to pick up major steam toward the end. It’s essentially the classic “prodigal son returns” story, but with so many twists and turns that the narrative feels totally new.

  • Master of None

    There’s never been a T.V. show that’s captured what navigating dating, career, family—and just life in general—is like for the average millennial quite as accurately as Aziz Ansari’s Master of None.

  • The Jinx

    HBO’s six-part miniseries revolving around the Robert Durst investigation, The Jinx, has been a regular topic of debate around goop HQ long after the finale—hands down some of the most riveting television of all time—aired back in March.

  • Homeland (Season 5)

    The fifth season of Homeland starts out downright happy for civilian Carrie Mathison, then goes right back to the anxiety inducing drama we’ve come to expect. Fair warning: The storyline’s eerily timely real-life parallels are difficult to watch at times.

  • Chef’s Table

    Each of the six episodes of this streaming docu-series revolves around a different world-famous chef, be it Niki Nakayama of N/Naka, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, or food ethics proponent and chef, Dan Barber.

  • Transparent (Season 2)

    An off-the-charts performance by Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender father coming out and transitioning in his 60’s is an incredible concept, just make sure to catch up on season one first—to skip it is to leave some of last year’s best television on the table.

  • The Returned/Les Revenants (Season 2)

    The premise of this French series is simple: A bunch of people return to their hometown—a picturesque alpine village—years after their deaths with zero explanation…or the knowledge that they’ve died at all.

  • American Horror Story: Hotel

    Every season of American Horror Story is different, which means that it’s become a platform for a range of brilliant actresses who totally make the show. This time around it’s Lady Gaga, who is nothing short of mesmerizing as a moody, exceptionally well-dressed vampire.

  • Broadchurch (Season 2)

    Season one of Broadchurch is intensely watchable, rife with twists and red herrings that keep you guessing right up to the last minute. Thankfully, this season is more of the same…plus Charlotte Rampling.

  • Broad City (Season 2)

    In our humble opinion, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s female-driven buddy comedy series is easily the most quotable show on TV.

Best Meals

Favorite Openings

  • The Broad | Los Angeles

    The Broad

    Los Angeles

    The Broads are some of LA’s most generous philanthropists, and the impetus for building their museum came out of the need for a place to make their contemporary art collection available to the public. In keeping with the tradition of accessibility, there’s no admission charge.

  • The Goop MRKT | New York

    The Goop MRKT

    New York

    This year, we realized our long-time dream of a NYC brick-and-mortar. And while this isn’t our first pop-up rodeo, this time, we did our version of a traditional holiday market.

  • Cassia | Los Angeles


    Los Angeles

    Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb are basically the First Family of West L.A.’s food scene. There’s Rustic Canyon, which started it all, and Hucklebrry Café, and Milo & Olive, and Sweet Rose Creamery, and now, Cassia, which focuses on exquisite Southeast Asian fare.

  • Aman | Tokyo



    Taking up the top few floors of a 40-story building in Tokyo’s Otemachi district, the first grounds-less Aman resort has a stunning spa (with infinity pool), world-class restaurant, traditionally well-appointed rooms, and all the creature comforts one might expect from a property of this caliber.

  • The Apartment by The Line | Los Angeles

    The Apartment by The Line

    Los Angeles

    With its sprawling layout and ample natural light, the follow-up outpost to NYC’s The Apartment—the offline retail experience for Vanessa Traina Snow’s The Line—feels right at home in Los Angeles.

  • Totokaelo | New York


    New York

    By New York City standards, the new Totokaelo outpost in SoHo is massive—like, 8,500 square-feet spread out over five floors, massive—and meant to feel more like a home than a store.

  • The Now Spa | Los Angeles

    The Now Spa

    Los Angeles

    By way of a serene neutral interior—complete with indoor cactus plants and lots of driftwood—this massage spa aims to recreate a little piece of Tulum in the center of Los Angeles. The best part, however, is the pricing: $35 gets you a 30-minute massage.

  • The New Whitney | New York

    The New Whitney

    New York

    The Whitney Museum has been running out of display space to accommodate its vast collection of American art for years, and it’s newly erected home, a stunning building by architect Renzo Piano on the west side of Manhattan, is itself a piece of art.

  • Clerkenwell London | London

    Clerkenwell London


    This concept store/restaurant/martini bar/wine cave/piano lounge/women’s store/men’s shop/gallery is pretty jaw-dropping: It does so many things—all in one location—and so well.

  • The Arts Club Hotel | London

    The Arts Club Hotel


    This year, the Arts Club opened a natural extension of their offerings: 16 gorgeously-appointed hotel rooms—available for members and friends of members—which offer access to 24-hour butler service and all of the club’s restaurants, bars, and community spaces.

  • DryBy Salon | London

    DryBy Salon


    DryBy is a blow dry and nail art studio that has, in a short span of time, become much more than a salon. Aside from the fact that the friendly team are pros at what they do, it’s the heavenly interiors and glass of Prosecco that comes with a treatment that make it truly special.

  • Ramen Lab | New York

    Ramen Lab

    New York

    Ramen Lab seats no more than 10 people at a time so there’s always a wait, but chef Jack Nakamura’s Sun Noodle creations—on most nights, he serves two seasonal ramen variations and one appetizer—are worth it.

  • By Chloe | New York

    By Chloe

    New York

    Much thought was put into making this vegan fast-casual spot in Soho not just beautiful but as healthful and sustainable as possible, too. What’s more, the animal-free, plant-based menu is legit delicious.

  • Les Bains Hotel | Paris

    Les Bains Hotel


    Back in the 19th century, it was a famed bathhouse which came back to glory as a major club and spa in the 1970s. This year marks its reinvention as a luxurious hotel, club, and bathhouse—with a spa to open soon.

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