Thursday, 19 December 2013

POINTS OF VIEW: Amazon unveils its bestselling books of 2013 + Simpson-Miller and Grange pay glowing tribute to Tessanne Chin

READING RAINBOW: Widely regarded as the best place online to purchase books (next to Barnes & Nobles, of course), recently unveiled its list of the top-selling titles of the year, an intriguingly diverse bunch from an array of gifted storytellers. Leading the pack is Dan Brown's riveting thriller Inferno (the latest in an adventure-laced series that also includes Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code). Also making the cut: The Kite Runner's Khaled Hosseini, whose latest epic And The Mountains Echoed found favour with readers; Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) detective mystery The Cuckoo's Calling; Kate Atkinson's morbidly fascinating piece of fiction Life After Life, and the motivational tome Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, whose radical views on womanhood and career in the 21st century struck a chord with readers of both genders upon its release this past summer and sending it flying up the bestseller lists. 

HIGH NOTES: For months to come, Jamaicans will still be singing the praises of Tessanne Chin, of whom we are immensely proud. PM Portia Simpson-Miller has, naturally, added her 'voice' to the chorus. "You've been a fine ambassador for Jamaica during this gruelling competition and your voice, your victory will now serve to set the new standard for others to follow," the prime minister lauded in a statement issues on Wednesday. "We in Jamaica feel a special pride that you are one of us, and we look forward to celebrating with you in a larger and more appropriate way on your return to the island." The Jamaica Labour Party's Olivia 'Babsy' Grange is also a huge fans of the songbird. "She has not only showcased our country in a positive way," Grange says admiringly, "but has highlighted and reflected tremendous talent, tenacity and determination with which Jamaicans are associated."

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