Amazon book editors reveal the 100 best books of the year,
selecting titles in over a dozen categories
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2018--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Today, Amazon.com announced its selections for the Best
Books of 2018, naming Tara Westover’s Educated: A Memoir the
Best Book of the Year. Just in time for the holidays, the annual list
features the Top 100 books of the year plus Top 20 lists across various
categories ranging from biography, literary fiction, and mystery to
children’s and young adult. All lists are hand-selected by Amazon’s team
of editors—first by choosing the best books of every month and then,
finally, the best books of the year. To see the full list of the Best
Books of 2018 and buy the print, Kindle or Audible editions, visit: https://amazon.com/bestbooks2018.
“This year we read many great books across many different genres, but
one story—a true story—stood out to us for its bravery, insight, and
that fact that it’s so very readable,” said Chris Schluep, Amazon Senior
Book Editor. “Tara Westover’s Educated is a rare gem of a
memoir—it surprises and inspires, and we want to tell everyone: read
Educated joins Amazon Book Editors’ past Best Book of the Year
selections including Killers of the Flower Moon, Underground
Railroad, The Goldfinch and Everything I Never Told You.
“I couldn't be more pleased that Educated was chosen Best of the
Year,” said Tara Westover, author of Educated. “It's kind of
unbelievable, actually. But unbelievable in the very best way.”
Here are the Amazon Editorial Team’s Top 10 picks of 2018:
1. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover: Tara
Westover didn't see the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen,
and it was an experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her
life. This extraordinary memoir chronicles how she survived her
survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge
University. Rather than a story about the making of a scholar, Educated
is about the making of a person.
2. Washington Black: A Novel by Esi Edugyan: When
an 11-year-old slave named Wash is picked to serve his master’s brother,
he is terrified to leave the Barbados plantation where he lives. But
what follows is adventure and scientific exploration on a par with the
novels of Jules Verne. Esi Edugyan’s superb writing and inventive story
telling drive this thoughtful, entertaining page-turner.
3. Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S.
Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by
Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic: While readers will be riveted by the
four days the Indianapolis crew spent adrift in the
shark-infested Pacific, the rest of the Indianapolis's story is
equally as tense. Vincent and Vladic include not only the expected tales
of heroism under duress but the just-as-human stories of willpower
bending and sanity breaking. This is history writing at its finest:
shining a spotlight on a wartime tragedy that still echoes within the
survivors and the Navy today.
4. Elevation: A Novel by Stephen King: Here is a
short, heart-lifting parable by a master storyteller. When we first meet
Scott Carey, he is aware that he is losing weight every day, even if he
does not look any different than he did a year ago. Set in the iconic
but fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, his slow disappearance may
somehow be the thing that brings the town together.
5. The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border
by Francisco Cantú: The son of a park ranger, Cantú grew up in the
southwest. When he joined the Border Patrol, he witnessed the complex
realities of illegal immigration, and the obligations of his job weighed
heavy against his sense of humanity. With its direct, stoic prose, The
Line Becomes a River is a weighty and timely document on one of our
most divisive arguments.
6. The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn: The
Woman in the Window is a seductive and unpredictable novel about an
agoraphobic woman with a tricky past who witnesses a murder. Or does
she? With twists that will have you gasping aloud, this Hitchcockian
noir thriller is the book to read if you’ve been waiting (too long) for
the next Gone Girl.
7. Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield:
When a man bursts into a riverside inn, covered in blood and carrying an
unconscious child, the patrons of the Swan are beyond thrilled to find
themselves in the middle of a swiftly unfolding tale. As Setterfield
juggles a colorful mob of characters whose lives are upended by the mute
and mysterious young girl pulled from the Thames, the joy of
storytelling permeates every moment in this lively and wise historical
8. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by
Tomi Adeyemi: A fresh new take on young adult fantasy that is just
what readers have been waiting for. With West African-inspired
characters, magic, and setting, Children of Blood and Bone is
non-stop action, enriched with themes that resonate in today’s social
and political landscape: injustice, discrimination, and a struggle for
change. Author Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of what promises
to be an epic, addictive new series.
9. Virgil Wander: A Novel by Leif Enger: All is not
quiet on the Midwestern front in Leif Enger’s Virgil Wander, as
the quirky inhabitants of a fictional community near Lake Superior
struggle with sundry dramas. Not everyone gets a happy ending, but this
endearing novel—full of everyday (and not so ordinary) magic--reminds us
that small acts of kindness aren’t small at all—they have the power to
turn a flagging town’s frown upside down.
10. There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange: What does
it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/American Indian/Native?
Orange's vivid debut novel allows a unique cast of characters—ranging
from teenagers to elders living in Oakland, California—to pull this
question apart for themselves as they live within an urban ecosystem.
The top pick in the children’s category is the middle grade novel:
1. The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon: A
heartwarming story of friendship and discovering life’s possibilities.
Brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene have led a comfortable if sheltered life
in their small Indiana town, until the summer Styx Malone moves in. Styx
invites the brothers to join his adventures and as their friendship
continues boundaries are tested and loyalties strained. Young readers
will quickly bond with Kekla Magoon’s characters and her
beautifully-crafted story of three boys who wind up teaching each other
about trust, forgiveness, and family.
Over the year, the Amazon Books editorial team reads hundreds of
thousands of pages and hundreds of books to help customers discover
their next great read. Here are some interesting facts about this year’s
Best Books of the Year list:
This sentence was among the most popular highlights on Kindle for Tara
Westover’s Educated: “I had come to believe that the ability to
evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the
heart of what it means to self-create.”
5 of the top 10 picks were written by debut authors.
8 out of 20 Best of the Year titles have appeared in the Amazon Charts
Top 20 this year.
In addition to being available to purchase online and via Kindle and
Audible, a selection of the Top 20 Best of the Year books will be
available for purchase at all Amazon Books locations. Our top pick, Educated,
will also be available at Amazon 4-star locations and through Prime Now.
To find the location nearest you visit: https://amazon.com/stores.
To explore the top 100 Best Books of the Year visit: https://amazon.com/bestbooks2018.
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