Amazon.com editorial director Sara Nelson gives us the lowdown on why these books made the list.
A hugely entertaining page-turner, an operatic fantasy and an often heartbreaking meditation on mortality from the beloved author of Cloud Atlas.
The Pulitzer prizewinning journalist uses a car accident caused by texting to examine how technology has come to rule our lives. A riveting blend of humanity and science, and a masterful work of narrative nonfiction.
Vintage French: Just when you think you've solved the mystery of her novels, another curious twist appears and you'll be guessing right up until the very end.
A probing biography of a beloved comic whose greatest contribution to American culture may be the way he has made us see race differently, one silly bit at a time.
What if everyone on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? Those smart-alecky questions (and more) are answered in this compendium, which is smart-alecky, and just plain smart.
Clothes don't just make the woman; they make her feel better. How the legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper found sanity in style.
At once terrible and tender, dark and hopeful, this beautiful post-apocalyptic tale both mourns and mocks the things we cherish.
A riveting and heartbreaking read about the tragedy of a young man destined, it seems, always to have been on the outside — a geek in the hood, and an inner-city black man in the Ivy League.
Fans of Margaret Atwood will certainly delight in this collection of strangely fun tales that have a sinister current running through them.
The tangled relationship between a post-WWI spinster and the lodger she must take in is the subject of another masterful novel from the author of Tipping the Velvet.
A novel that's not shy about commenting on America's role in the world, and on the haunted postwar lives of its soldiers.
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