Amazon Books Editorial team selects the best titles for every
reader’s summer—from compelling memoirs and page-turning novels to
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 19, 2018--
Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its selections for Best Books
of the Year So Far, naming Tara Westover’s memoir Educated: A Memoir 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
2018—offering readers a mid-year look at the best books.
“Whether you enjoy reading in print or Kindle, or listening on Audible,
the past six months have delivered some unforgettable books across a
range of genres, from Kristin Hannah’s Alaska-based family drama, The
Great Alone, to The Feather Thief, Kirk Wallace Johnson’s
account of one of the weirdest crimes ever committed for the sake of a
flute,” said Sarah Harrison Smith, editorial director of Amazon Books
and Kindle. “But it was Educated, Tara Westover’s utterly
surprising memoir, that was our hands-down favorite. By sheer force of
will, she emerged from a rough, unschooled childhood among Idaho
survivalists to earn a doctorate in history at Cambridge University. We
were awed by her journey.”
The Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the first 10 of the Top 20 Best
Books of the Year So Far are:
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover: Tara Westover didn’t see
the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen, but it was an
experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her life. This
stirring memoir chronicles how she survived her survivalist
upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. It’s a
rousing reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power.
The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah: In this pressure
cooker of a page-turner, a damaged Vietnam vet moves his family to the
wilds of Alaska. Initially it’s a welcome change, but as winter
approaches, and his mental state deteriorates, his wife and daughter
find themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Like her
mega-bestselling The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s The Great
Alone highlights the heroics of everyday people, especially women.
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson: Clever, informative,
and sometimes endearingly bumbling, this mix of natural history and
crime opens up new worlds. Readers will never look at an old stuffed
bird or an elaborately tied fishing fly the same way again.
The Woman in the Window 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 out loud, this Hitchcockian noir thriller is the
book to read if you’ve been waiting (too long) for the next Gone Girl.
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao: This emotionally ungentle
novel of two very different young women in modern-day India will
prompt both outrage and hope as the girls separately traverse perilous
paths to find each other again.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by
Francisco Cantú: The son of a park ranger, Francisco Cantú grew up in
the southwest. When he joined the Border Patrol, he became witness to
the stark 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.
The Electric Woman: A Memoir by Tessa Fontaine: Many people say
they’d like to join the circus, not many people actually do. Having
difficulty coming to terms with her mother’s imminent passing, Tessa
Fontaine joined The World of Wonders, the last touring sideshow in
America. The Electric Woman is a fascinating behind-the-scenes
peek at carnival life, and an ode to unconditional love.
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi:
Here is a fresh take on young adult fantasy. 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.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin: In this ambitious and
deeply moving novel, Chloe Benjamin imagines how the lives of four
siblings might be warped by a fortuneteller’s prediction of the dates
of their deaths. While recounting their stories, Benjamin poses
intriguing questions about the value of longevity and whether we are
victims, or perpetrators, of our own fates.
There There 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.
To see the complete list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, and to
purchase in Kindle, Print or on Audible, visit: www.amazon.com/bestbookssofar.
Customers can also purchase at their local Amazon Books. For hours and
locations, visit: www.amazon.com/amazonbooks.
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.amazonbookreview.com.
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