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Amazon Books Editors Announce 2012 Best Books of the Year So Far

Customers can browse and buy the best books of 2012 (so far) in more than a dozen popular categories on

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 25, 2012-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—, Inc. today announced their annual Best Books of the Year So Far list, a midyear retrospective that highlights the best books released in 2012 between January and June. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” “Gone Girl” and “The Fault in Our Stars” took the top three spots. Along with an overall Top 20 list, customers looking for great books to read this summer will find Top 10 editors’ picks lists in 13 popular categories, from Cookbooks, Food & Wine to Teens to Romance. The Best Books of the Year So Far are available in print and Kindle editions at

“The variety of books on the list reflects the broad range of titles published in 2012 so far,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director for Books, “To us, ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ is a masterpiece in nonfiction writing. But we rounded out the top three with a thriller and a young adult novel – there really is something for everyone on this list. Helping customers find and discover outstanding books is an important role for us at Amazon, and we look forward to discovering new and innovative ways of bringing our customers in contact with books we think they'll love.”

The Best Books of the Year So Far are hand-picked by the Amazon Books editors, who rank their favorite titles in an overall Top 20 list, plus 10 picks each in 13 popular categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels, and Teens, as well as Middle Grade and Picture Books for Kids.

The Amazon Books editors’ picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far are:

1) “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo: A Pulitzer-winning author writes the true story of struggle and hope in a Mumbai slum.

2) “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn: Plot twists and revelations make this a psychological thriller of the highest order.

3) “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green: Two kids with cancer deal with the big subjects—life, love, and death—in this perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.

4) “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain: Questions of privilege, power, and heroism swirl in this debut novel about recently returned Iraq War veterans invited to attend a Cowboys football game.

5) “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson” by Robert A. Caro: The fourth installment in Caro’s authoritative biographical series on Lyndon Baines Johnson – a masterpiece in nonfiction.

6) “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson: A superb novel about freedom, sacrifice and violence, set within the dark borders of North Korea.

7) “Tell the Wolves I'm Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt: A singular portrait of a girl and her family transformed during the late-80s AIDS epidemic.

8) “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed: A memoir of a 1,100-mile journey that nearly broke the author to pieces, before she used those pieces to rebuild her life.

9) “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker: Speculative fiction and a girl’s coming-of-age story meet in this gripping debut.

10) “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” by Steve Coll: An examination of the largest, most profitable company in history by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Customers can also enter the Best Books of the Year So Far Sweepstakes on the Books Facebook page through July 23 for a chance to win one of 10 Kindle Fire devices, each accompanied by a $100 Gift Card. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., 18 or over. Learn more at and enter for a chance to win.

To see the complete lists of the Best Books of the Year So Far, go to

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