Amazon Books Editorial team selects the best titles for every
reader’s summer—from futuristic novels and small-town stories to
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 21, 2017--
Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its selections for Best Books
of the Year So Far, naming Arundhati Roy’s novel, The Ministry of
Utmost Happiness, the top pick overall. The annual list is
hand-selected by the Amazon Books Editors and features the Top 20 books
released between January and June 2017 – offering readers a mid-year
look at the best books.
“We love looking back on the past six months to give our customers a
list of our favorite must-reads heading into summer,” said Sarah
Harrison Smith, Editorial Director, Print and Kindle Books. “Our top
pick this year, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a sweeping
yet intimate story, one that packs heartbreak, humor, love and
acceptance—and a memorable cast of characters—into a novel that will
stick with readers for a very long time.”
The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the first 10 of the Top-20 Best
Books of the Year So Far are:
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel by Arundhati Roy: An
intricate and graceful story of lives touched by magic, broken by
tragedy, and mended with love. It's an exceptional work of
storytelling and well worth the 20 year wait since her beloved debut, The
God of Small Things.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the
FBI by David Grann: Smart, taut and gripping, Grann’s
true-if-largely-unknown tale of big oil and serial murder on the Osage
Indian Reservation in the 1920s is sobering: at once unsurprising and
unbelievable, full of the arrogance and inhumanity that our society
has yet to overcome.
Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman: The author of A Man
Called Ove sidesteps the predictable as he forges a new
path of soul-searching and truth-telling in his gripping new novel
about a small, hockey-mad town whose hopes and loyalties are torn
apart by a crime no one wants to believe happened.
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid: In this futuristic novel,
young lovers flee a war-torn Middle Eastern country to seek safety in
the West, where cities like London have become embattled refugee
settlements. Hamid (author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist) has
said that in some sense we are all refugees, and it’s easy to
sympathize with his protagonists, who find their romance tested by
their travails in exile.
Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood: When Patricia
Lockwood temporarily moves back in with her parents—her father, a
Catholic priest who loves electric guitars; her mother, focused on
disasters and Satan worshippers—she returns, as well, to the memories
of her upbringing. Poetically precise language and darkly hilarious
observations spark zingers that will make you rethink your own
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie:
In this family memoir set on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Alexie
(author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)
connects, with humor and poignancy, the troubled life of his
whip-smart and sometimes-cruel mother to the history of oppression and
violence suffered by the larger American Indian community.
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders: Set in
1862, at a ghost-filled cemetery where President Lincoln’s beloved son
Willie has been laid to rest, this first novel by acclaimed
short-story-writer and essayist George Saunders will upend your
expectations and leave you hooting with laughter when you aren’t
wiping away your tears.
The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak: A
coming-of-age story tucked inside a love letter to the strange and
wonderful 1980s. It's one of those rare and special books: once you've
finished it, you’ll want all your friends to read it immediately.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay: In this brutally
honest and brave memoir, the bestselling author of Bad Feminist
recounts how a childhood sexual assault led her to purposely gain
weight in order to be unseen and therefore feel safe; it’s a story
that will inspire you to be more considerate of the bodies of others
and more accepting of your own.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah
Harari: With Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari follows up his
bestselling Sapiens—which looked back at the last 70,000 years
of human evolution and history—with a look forward. In short, where do
we go from here?
To see the complete list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, and to
purchase in Kindle or Print, visit: www.amazon.com/bestbookssofar.
For in-depth reviews and coverage 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: www.omnivoracious.com.
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