SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 24, 2014-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today Amazon.com announced its annual list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, a midyear retrospective that highlights the must-reads released between January and June 2014. The titles were hand-picked and ranked by Amazon’s expert team of Books Editors, who awarded the top spot to Adam Begley’s Updike, with The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel and Redeployment following close behind.
“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 Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at Amazon.com. “Updike may seem like an unusual choice for our number one pick, but it’s poised to be one of the best biographies of 2014. It’s a candid, enthralling book that readers won’t be able to put down.”
The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far are:
1.Updike: 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: 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 Central America, Henríquez has crafted a novel that is inspiring, tragic, brave, and unforgettable.
3. Redeployment: 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: Loosely based on the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is both romantic and intelligent. It is the best kind of historical novel—the kind that will send readers running to learn more about its real-life inspiration.
5. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald: Both a tense account of Greenwald’s cloak-and dagger encounters with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and a blistering commentary on surveillance in a free society, No Place to Hide is thrilling and enlightening, a bellwether moment in a crucial debate.
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.
Source: Amazon.com, Inc.
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