Amazon Unveils Best Books of 2012 List, and Names Louise Erdrich’s “The Round House” Best Book of the Year

  Amazon Unveils Best Books of 2012 List, and Names Louise Erdrich’s “The
  Round House” Best Book of the Year

         Amazon book editors announce the 100 best books of the year

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- November 12, 2012, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its selections for Best Books
of 2012. This annual feature includes the Editors’ Picks for the Top 100 Books
of the Year and Top 10 lists in over two dozen categories, from Literature &
Fiction to Children’s Books to Celebrity Picks, a new feature this year that
includes favorites chosen by well-known people, including Stephen King,
Gillian Flynn, Salman Rushdie, Molly Ringwald, and more. To see all of the
Best Books of 2012, or to download any of the picks to your Kindle, visit

“Our team of Amazon editors is very passionate about books, and it was tough
to choose just one for the top of our list this year,” said Sara Nelson,
Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at “We are confident that
we’ve chosen a list that customers will be excited about. Our top choice comes
from the venerable author, Louise Erdrich; ‘The Round House’ has been a team
favorite since we first read it this past summer, and we kept coming back to
this beautifully written novel as our best book of the year.”

The Best Books of 2012 Store is live now on The top picks in the
Children’s categories are “This is Not My Hat” (Picture Books), “Wonder”
(Middle Grade – ages 9-12) and “The Fault in Our Stars” (Teen). The Best Book
of the Year, “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich, was an October Best of the
Month pick and also was featured in the editorial Big Fall Books Preview.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 editors' picks for the year:

1. “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich: Likely to be dubbed the Native
American “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Erdrich’s moving, complex and surprisingly
uplifting new novel tells of a boy’s coming of age in the wake of a brutal,
racist attack on his mother.

2. “The Yellow Birds: A Novel” by Kevin Powers: With this compact and
emotional debut novel, Iraq War veteran Powers eyes the casual violence of war
with a poet’s precision, moving confidently between scenes of blunt atrocity
and almost hallucinatory detachment.

3. “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn: Masterfully plotted from start to
finish, the suspense doesn’t waver for one page. It’s one of those books you
will feel the need to discuss immediately after finishing. The ending punches
you in the gut.

4. “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe: As much an homage to
literature as to the mother who shared it with him, Schwalbe’s chronicling of
his mother’s death to cancer—they wait, they talk, they read together—is
nothing less than captivating.

5. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel” by Ben Fountain: Debut novelist
Fountain follows a squad of marines as they engage in a “victory tour” in the
States. Set mostly during halftime at a Dallas Cowboy’s football game,
Fountain skillfully illustrates what it’s like to go to war, and how bizarre
and disconcerting it can be for these grunts to return from combat to the
country they love.

6. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai
Undercity” by Katherine Boo: This searing portrait of life in a Mumbai slum
reads like a novel, but it’s all-too-true. Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo’s writing
is superb, and the depth and courage of her reporting from this hidden world
is astonishing.

7. “A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers: Both disturbing and funny, this
novel from onetime wunderkind Eggers shows surprising depth. A man’s wayward
attempt to find himself and retake his life delivers him to Saudi Arabia but
the journey abroad is also internal, and it ends up saying as much about life
in America as in the Middle East.

8. “The Middlesteins: A Novel” by Jami Attenberg: A quick read that’s more
complex than it seems at first, this story about a Midwestern Jewish family is
both recognizable (sometimes uncomfortably so) and entertainingly

9. “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens: Like the late author himself, this
book is funny, smart, entertaining and unflinching to the end. “Mortality” has
the power to change ideas that you might have held immutable—which is one of
the best things you can say about a book.

10. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green: This soulful novel originally
written for teenagers tackles big subjects—life, death, love—with the perfect
blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.

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