Books In The News

By Barbara Danza
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 25, 2012 Last Updated: November 25, 2012
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"The Round House" (Courtsey of Harper)

"The Round House" (Courtsey of Harper)

Amazon Picks Best Books of 2012 announced this week its choices for the best books of the year. “We are confident that we’ve chosen a list that customers will be excited about,” Sara Nelson, editorial director of Books and Kindle said in a statement. The top pick was “The Round House,” by 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,” Nelson explained. The list and more year-in-review information can be found at

The top ten are as follows:

1. “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

2. “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers

3. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

4. “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe

5. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain

6. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo

7. “A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers

8. “The Middlesteins” by Jami Attenberg

9. “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens

10. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Wade Davis Wins Top British Non-Fiction Award

"Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest" (Courtsey of Knopf )

"Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest" (Courtsey of Knopf )

“Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest,” garnered Canadian author Wade Davis the U.K.’s top award for non-fiction. The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is given each year to an author in the area of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography, or the arts. “Wade’s scrupulous use of sources and attention to detail, combined with his storytelling skills and ability to enter into the minds of the people he is writing about, make this a thoroughly enlightening and enjoyable book,” Chair of the judges, David Willetts MP said.

Compiled by Barbara Danza, Epoch Times Staff

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