Just in Time for Summer Travel, Amazon.com Books Editors Announce Their Favorite Books of 2009...So Far
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 6, 2009--
Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its picks for the annual Best
Books of the Year…So Far list. This mid-year retrospective highlights
the best books that have been released in 2009 from January through
June. Customers looking for vacation reads will find an eclectic list,
from an incredible memoir of adventure and survival to an epic, lyrical
novel of New York City.
“At Amazon.com, we indulge in this mid-year "Best of" list because we’re
obsessive about the books we love, and want to share them,” said Daphne
Durham, Senior Manager of Amazon.com Books. “With this selection of the
best new books and up-and-coming authors, our customers can get ahead of
the curve and read the books that everyone will be talking about at the
end of the year.”
The Best Books of the Year…So Far are hand-picked by Amazon.com Books
editors and represent their favorite titles in five categories: an
overall Top Ten, plus ten books each in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young
Readers, and Hidden Gems. Here’s a quick peek at the Top Ten books of
the year so far, listed alphabetically by author:
“Cheever: A Life” by Blake Bailey This outstanding,
unprecedented biography of American writer John Cheever clocks in at
nearly 800 pages, but don’t let that dissuade you: Senior Books Editor
Brad Thomas Parsons read it one sitting.
“Fordlandia” by Greg Grandin: Truth can indeed be stranger than
fiction: this absorbing narrative history reveals the little-known
story of Henry Ford’s ill-fated utopia (complete with rubber roads) in
the middle of a Brazilian rainforest.
“Lost City of Z” by David Grann: Follow New Yorker writer David
Grann as he retraces the steps of renowned British explorer Percy
Fawcett in his 1925 quest to discover the legendary kingdom of El
Dorado in the heart of the Amazon — in an exclusive review for
Amazon.com, John Grisham calls it “a riveting, exciting and thoroughly
compelling tale of adventure.”
“Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann: According to Frank
McCourt, “this is fiction that gets the heart thumping”-- set in
mid-70s New York City, against the backdrop of Philippe Pettit’s Twin
Tower tightrope crossing, it’s also a must-read for anyone who loves
Don DeLillo, Jonathan Lethem, or E.L. Doctorow.
“The City and the City” by China Mieville: Fans of hard-boiled
mysteries and literary suspense will love “The City and the City,”
China Mieville’s ingenious breakout novel that imagines two cities
coexisting on the eastern edge of Europe: one dying, one thriving, and
both home to a host of mysterious secrets.
“The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton: Paying homage to Frances
Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic, “The Secret Garden,” Kate
Morton's second novel is an epic page-turner following an orphaned
girl as she journeys from Australia to Cornwall that’s at once
haunting and enchanting.
“Crazy for the Storm” by Norman Ollestad: Norman Ollestad has
written a memoir that will last — just the story itself could take
your breath away: as an 11-year-old boy, he was the only survivor of a
small-plane crash and made his way to safety down an icy mountain face
in a blizzard, using the skills and determination he learned from his
father (who perished in the crash).
“The Gamble” by Thomas Ricks: If you only read one author
writing about Iraq, read Thomas Ricks. “The Gamble” tells the
remarkable story of how a few people in and outside the Pentagon
pushed new strategy through and put a difficult plan into action to
sharply reduce the chaotic violence in Iraq.
“Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin: Colm Toibin’s story of an
industrious young girl in 1950s Ireland who reluctantly finds herself
on a boat to New York City is elegantly told and full of beautiful,
“Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead Colson Whitehead’s pop culture
tour-de-force is made for beach reading. The year is 1985 and
15-year-old Benji Cooper -- a Converse-wearing, Smiths-loving,
Dungeons & Dragons-playing nerd -- leaves the city to spend three
largely unsupervised months living with his younger brother Reggie in
an enclave of Long Island's Sag Harbor.
To see the books team’s picks for Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Readers,
and Hidden Gems, go to www.amazon.com/books.
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