Amazon Books Editorial Team chooses titles for every reader’s summer
itinerary from inspiring memoirs to deliciously provocative reads to
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 24, 2015--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Today, the Amazon.com Editorial Team announced Best Books
of the Year So Far, its annual midyear retrospective list that features
the must-reads released between January and June 2015. Amazon’s
Editorial Team hand selected the list, awarding the top spot to Helen
Macdonald’s H is for Hawk.
“The debate and rousing discussion that goes into every list is what
fuels our team. We want to be sure that we include the absolute best
books that we have read so far this year and that is no easy task,” said
Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at Amazon.com.
“These great books will fit every reader’s summer itinerary—whether on
planes or trains, beaches or backyards, traveling the world or enjoying
a staycation, every reader will find something to love here. As for our
team, H is for Hawk was a unanimous decision as the number one
book. It is a very unusual rumination on grief; it’s poetic, it’s
accessible and it will resonate even with those who know nothing about
birds, hawk or otherwise.”
The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald: Enthralling from the
first page, Macdonald’s gorgeously wrought prose describes a journey
from crippling grief to something resembling grace on the wings of
another deadly bird of prey—the notoriously prickly, and murderous,
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Tahir’s debut is
rich fantasy coupled with echoes of historical saga, all vividly
rendered on the page. Potent action and liquid language whisk the
chapters along all too quickly; there can only be great things in
store for the author and her readers.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania by Erik
Larson: Larson once again illustrates his gift for seducing us with
history and giving it a human face, putting readers right aboard the
famous Cunard liner and keeps them turning the pages until the book’s
final, breathless encounter.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill
Leovy: Los Angeles Times writer Leovy masterfully explores the culture
of violence in South Central L.A., producing a transcendent,
dismaying, and tragic portrait of neglect and injustice.
The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen: Nguyen’s first
novel draws you in with the opening line: “I am a spy, a sleeper, a
spook, a man of two faces.” It’s thrilling, rhythmic, and astonishing,
as is the rest of Nguyen’s enthralling portrayal of the Vietnam War.
All the Old Knives: A Novel by Olen Steinhauer:
Steinhauer’s thriller has a disarmingly quiet start, but good spy
novels are like good spies: they draw you in, earn your trust, and
then grab hold with both hands. By the last 100 pages, it’s hard not
to race to the finish. And the ending? One word: brilliant.
Saint Mazie: A Novel by Jamie Attenberg: Exhibiting the
same kind of wit and depth and heart of her previous novel, The
Middlesteins, Attenberg weaves an astonishingly heartfelt story of
poverty, loss, and unconventionality, while creating a character for
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough: Pulitzer
Prize-winning historian McCullough brings his deft touch with language
and his eye for detail to the unusually close relationship between a
pair of brothers from Dayton, Ohio who changed aviation history.
The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler:
Generous with well-placed detail, lyrical phrases, and mounting
tension, Swyler’s bewitching tale of mermaids, deadly floods, and the
silent secrets of an ancient tarot deck demonstrates a deftness and
assurance rarely seen in debut novels.
Green on Blue: A Novel by Elliot Ackerman: Joining the
canon of contemporary war literature, Green on Blue unravels
the complexities of the Afghan war, then dissolves it all into the
brutal heartache of reality—where home is a battlefield, fighting is a
job, and vengeance is a moral right.
To see the complete list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, and to
purchase in Kindle or Print, visit: 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), and a nonfiction children’s
For in-depth reviews and coverage of some of the books featured on the
Best Books of the Year So Far list, as well as insightful reviews on new
books, author interviews, and roundups in popular categories from the
Amazon Books Editorial team, visit the Amazon Book Review: omnivoracious.com.
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