|Amazon.com Chooses the Best Books of 2014 (So Far)|
From hit biographies and political hot topics to breakthrough novels and trilogies, Amazon Books Editors share their picks for the best new titles of the year to help customers get the most out of the summer reading season
“It’s never easy to narrow down our favorites, but after much debate and
discussion, we’ve arrived at a list that will fit every customer’s
summer reading agenda—whether you’re headed to the beach, traveling the
world or enjoying a staycation,” said
The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far are:
1. Updike by Adam Begley: This biography of the American master goes far beyond simple chronology of this complex (and often paradoxical) character, layering on the lit crit where his real life bled into his novels. Detailed and compulsively readable, Updike is essential for admirers, and illuminating for anyone with an interest in literature.
2. The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel by Cristina
Henríquez: Henríquez’s powerful novel captures readers with the quiet
beauty of her characters and their profoundly rendered experiences as
immigrants in America. Following nine families who arrived in the States
from South and
3. Redeployment by Phil Klay: The strength of Klay’s stories, all about the Iraq War or its aftermath, lies in his unflinching, un-PC point of view, even for the soldiers he so clearly identifies with and admires. These stories are at least partly autobiographical, and yet, for all their verisimilitude, they’re also shaped by an undefinable thing called art.
4. Euphoria by Lily King: Loosely based on the life
of the anthropologist
6. In Paradise: A Novel by
7. The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd: In the early 1830s, the Grimké sisters were the most infamous women in America for speaking out in favor of liberty and equality and for African American slaves and women. Monk Kidd brings Hetty and Sara to life in a powerful novel that spans decades, vividly imagining the Grimké sisters’ courageous trials and personal transformations.
9. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and
10. Hollow City: The Second Novel of
To see the complete list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, available in both print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.com/bestbookssofar.
In addition to the overall Top 20, the Amazon Books Editors also selected 10-20 titles in 17 different categories: Art & Photo, Audiobooks, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Leadership, Comics & Graphic Novels, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, History, Humor & Entertainment, Kindle Singles, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Teens, as well as the Top 20 Children’s Books for each age range (Baby-Age 2, Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8, Ages 9-12), plus a new nonfiction children’s book category.