Thursday, 4 July 2013

COVER TO COVER: Amazon.com picks the best books of 2013 (so far)

Just in time for the kick-your-feet-up-with-a-great-book days of summer, Amazon.com has unveiled its compilation of the best titles released so far in 2013. Here they are. Take your pick: 

The Son by Philip Meyer 
Described as "an epic of the American West and a multi-generational saga of blood, power, land and oil that charts the rise of one unforgettable Texas family." 

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 
"It's all so richly imagined and ingeniously executed that the mystery feels bright," writes Entertainment Weekly

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff 
The true story of survival, bravery and honour in the vast Arctic wilderness during the Second World War, from the author of Lost in Shangri-La

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 
This is "Hosseini's most assured and emotionally gripping story yet," proclaims The New York Times, while the Los Angeles Times offers, "[It's] beautifully written, masterfully crafted." 

The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker 
"Original and fresh.... a fascinating blend of historical fiction and Jewish and Arab folklore," reviews Library Journal
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer 
A compelling coming-of-age story about five privileged kids that also "shed light on a particular generation and the era that spawned it." 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 
Kirkus Reviews hails, "Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike." 

Gulp by Mary Roach 
Outlining the author's investigations into weird body science, this piece of amusing "science writing" has been described by Entertainment Weekly as "engrossing as it is gross." 

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey 
"There is no way to sleep in peace until you know how this memoir ends," says Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. "There is no way not to care." 

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders 
The unforgettable characters that populate the pages of this story collection are "vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders' signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity and stylistic innovation." The New York Times says it's "best book you'll read this year."




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