Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its selections for Best
Books of 2012. This annual feature includes the Editors’ Picks for the
Top 100 Books of the Year and Top 10 lists in over two dozen categories,
from Literature & Fiction to Children’s Books to Celebrity Picks, a new
feature this year that includes favorites chosen by well-known people,
including Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Salman Rushdie, Molly Ringwald,
and more. To see all of the Best Books of 2012, or to download any of
the picks to your Kindle, visit www.amazon.com/bestbooks2012.
“Our team of Amazon editors is very passionate about books, and it was
tough to choose just one for the top of our list this year,” said Sara
Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com. “We are
confident that we’ve chosen a list that customers will be excited about.
Our top choice comes from the venerable author, Louise Erdrich; ‘The
Round House’ has been a team favorite since we first read it this past
summer, and we kept coming back to this beautifully written novel as our
best book of the year.”
The Best Books of 2012 Store is live now on Amazon.com. The top picks in
the Children’s categories are “This is Not My Hat” (Picture Books),
“Wonder” (Middle Grade – ages 9-12) and “The Fault in Our Stars” (Teen).
The Best Book of the Year, “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich, was an
October Best of the Month pick and also was featured in the editorial
Big Fall Books Preview.
Here’s a look at the Top 10 editors' picks for the year:
1. “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich: Likely to be dubbed the
Native American “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Erdrich’s moving, complex and
surprisingly uplifting new novel tells of a boy’s coming of age in the
wake of a brutal, racist attack on his mother.
2. “The Yellow Birds: A Novel” by Kevin Powers: With this compact
and emotional debut novel, Iraq War veteran Powers eyes the casual
violence of war with a poet’s precision, moving confidently between
scenes of blunt atrocity and almost hallucinatory detachment.
3. “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn: Masterfully plotted
from start to finish, the suspense doesn’t waver for one page. It’s one
of those books you will feel the need to discuss immediately after
finishing. The ending punches you in the gut.
4. “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe: As much an
homage to literature as to the mother who shared it with him, Schwalbe’s
chronicling of his mother’s death to cancer—they wait, they talk, they
read together—is nothing less than captivating.
5. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel” by Ben Fountain:
Debut novelist Fountain follows a squad of marines as they engage in a
“victory tour” in the States. Set mostly during halftime at a Dallas
Cowboy’s football game, Fountain skillfully illustrates what it’s like
to go to war, and how bizarre and disconcerting it can be for these
grunts to return from combat to the country they love.
6. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai
Undercity” by Katherine Boo: This searing portrait of life in a
Mumbai slum reads like a novel, but it’s all-too-true. Pulitzer
Prize-winner Boo’s writing is superb, and the depth and courage of her
reporting from this hidden world is astonishing.
7. “A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers: Both disturbing and
funny, this novel from onetime wunderkind Eggers shows surprising depth.
A man’s wayward attempt to find himself and retake his life delivers him
to Saudi Arabia but the journey abroad is also internal, and it ends up
saying as much about life in America as in the Middle East.
8. “The Middlesteins: A Novel” by Jami Attenberg: A quick read
that’s more complex than it seems at first, this story about a
Midwestern Jewish family is both recognizable (sometimes uncomfortably
so) and entertainingly idiosyncratic.
9. “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens: Like the late author
himself, this book is funny, smart, entertaining and unflinching to the
end. “Mortality” has the power to change ideas that you might have held
immutable—which is one of the best things you can say about a book.
10. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green: This soulful novel
originally written for teenagers tackles big subjects—life, death,
love—with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.
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