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We’re half-way through 2012, and already this year, some incredible new books have hit the stands. On Monday, June 25th, Amazon released a list of the “Best Books of the Year So Far,” including ‘best books’ by category, as well as Editor picks for the top 20 books overall. Amazon compiled lists in 13 different categories, which included Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoir, Teen Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Non-Fiction, to name a few. Interestingly, while Amazon has certainly been influential in the rise of self-publishing, according to GalleyCat, “The top ten books on the list were all published by the Big Six publishers.”
Here are 10 of the 20 Best Books of the Year So Far, according to Amazon Editors:
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
- The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
- Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll
What do you think of Amazon’s choices for Best Books? Do you agree with their selections? Did you read anything this year that you think should have made the cut?
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Photo Credit: blog.bryantpark.org
Spice up an otherwise dull lunch break in Midtown by attending the Bryant Park reading series, Word for Word. This series is held in the Bryant Park Reading Room, an open air library by the park. The series holds readings both midday and in the evening, and events range from poetry readings to storytime for the kids. This Wednesday, June 27th, from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, This American Life contributor Dave Hill will discuss his book, Tasteful Nudes:…and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation. The event will be hosted by actress Janeane Garofalo. For more information on this or other reading events at Bryant Park this summer, visit their website here.
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An invitation to the first unofficial meeting of the WNBA
Founded in 1917, the Women’s National Book Association is an impressive 95 years old, and quickly approaching its 100th birthday! The organization has accomplished much since the founding chapter in New York was established, but as we plan our upcoming calendar year, it is easy to forget the amazing women who got us here. Thus, this week we thought it fitting to share with you Women in the World of Words, a “chronological vignette drawn from the archives,” which was created in 1967 for the 50th anniversary of the WNBA.
This chronicle is a truly fascinating look at the history of the WNBA, beginning with the WNBA creed and a letter from the 1967 National President, Victoria Johnson. It moves on to document the formation of the organization, including photos of the original invitations. In fact, images of past invitations, event flyers, and newspaper clippings comprise much of the document, giving readers a taste of what it might have been like to join the WNBA in another era. It also includes information on some of the WNBA’s most esteemed past members, as well as the beginnings of The Bookwoman. For anyone interested in the rich history of the WNBA, Women in the World of Words is a remarkable read!
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