Indigo Announces the Booklover's Best of the Decade

-Canadian Book Buying Team Compiles List of Books that Made a Difference-

TORONTO, Dec. 29 /CNW/ - Indigo Books & Music Inc. reveals the 75 books that most impacted booklovers during the past ten years in the Canadian retailer's first Best of the Decade List. Compiled, considered and debated by the dedicated team of Indigo book buyers who have read, reviewed, recommended and bought a staggering number of books since 2000, the Indigo Best of the Decade List is neither a selection of personal favourites nor a spotlight on overlooked hidden gems. Indigo's listing of the new millennium's best books so far is driven by their impact and their popularity, the top titles from more than 140,000 titles that were sold in 2009 alone; books that motivated Canadians to read, to talk and to think about life and the world around them. A separate, yet related survey(1) of Canadian booklovers also revealed that several titles on the Indigo Best of the Decade List have been embraced by the bookseller's customers as "life-changing." Booklovers can comment on the Indigo Best of the Decade List at Indigo's Online Community.

On the Indigo Best of the Decade fiction list, the decade's best fiction told heart-wrenching stories, followed strong female characters like Lawrence Hill's Aminata Diallo, and harnessed the power of prize winning to heighten the success of bestsellers like Yann Martel's The Life of Pi. Both Hill's historical fiction and Martel's modern fable landed on the top ten list of books that most changed the lives of Canadian booklovers.

The journeys and voices that shape the Indigo Best of the Decade biography list are comic, magical, breathtaking, wise, heartbreaking and moving. From Azar Nafisi's inspirational Reading Lolita in Tehran and Barack Obama's rich and rewarding Dreams of My Father to Jeannette Walls' unforgettable Glass Castle and Elizabeth Gilbert's resonant memoir Eat Pray Love, Indigo's list of memorable life stories are tales of survival and discovery.

Naomi Klein's thesis on the social impact of branding and Malcolm Gladwell's ground breaking bestseller on the spread of ideas both celebrate their 10th anniversaries, and kick off the Indigo Best of the Decade non-fiction list. With the Bible topping the "life-changing" list of books for Indigo customers, it's no surprise that the Indigo Best of the Decade non-fiction list is punctuated by titles that provoked emblematic discussions of faith. The non-fiction list also sees several investigations into the food we eat, and food actually spawns its own category on the bookseller's List with a compilation of Best of the Decade cookbooks that have become collectibles and coffee table display pieces.

Young adult fiction flourished through the past decade with Indigo and Chapters seeing 200% growth through the latter five years. As expected, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga top the Indigo Best of the Decade List for young readers.

    
    Indigo Best of the Decade 2000-2009

    Fiction
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    The Corrections, Johnathan Franzen, 2001
    The Life Of Pi, Yann Martel, 2002
    The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold, 2002
    The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, 2003
    The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, 2003
    The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime, Mark Haddon, 2003
    Shadow Of The Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, 2004
    Runaway, Alice Munro, 2004
    The Birth House, Ami McKay, 2006
    The Road, Cormac McCarthy, 2006
    The Book Of Negroes, Lawrence Hill, 2007

    Biographies
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    Lucky, Alice Sebold, 1999
    Reading Lolita In Tehran, Azar Nafisi, 2003
    Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis, 2004
    Dreams Of My Father , Barack Obama, 2004
    The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, 2005
    The Know It All, A.J. Jacobs, 2005
    Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer, 2005
    Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, 2006
    A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah, 2007
    Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 2007
    Beautiful Boy, David Sheff, 2007
    Somewhere Towards the End, Diana Athill, 2009

    Non-Fiction
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    The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell, 2000
    No Logo, Naomi Klein, 2000
    Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain, 2000
    Paris 1919, Margaret Macmillan, 2001
    Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, 2001
    The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle, 2001
    Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky, 2002
    Moneyball, Michael Lewis, 2003
    Shake Hands With The Devil, Romeo Dallaire, 2003
    1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz, 2003
    A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright, 2004
    Long Way Round, Ewan McGregor, 2004
    Marley & Me, John Grogan, 2005
    Freakonomics, Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner, 2005
    The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman, 2005
    Team Of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2005
    Collapse, Jared Diamond, 2005
    The Audacity Of Hope, Barack Obama, 2006
    The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright, 2006
    God Delusion, Richard Dawkins, 2006
    Three Cups Of Tea, Greg Mortenson, 2006
    The Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan, 2006
    Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore, 2006
    The Secret, Rhonda Byrne, 2006
    The Black Swan, Nassim Nichola Taleb, 2007
    Made To Stick, Chip Heath, 2007
    God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens, 2007
    Stuff Of Thought, Steven Pinker, 2007
    100 Mile Diet, Alisa Smith, 2007
    Ascent Of Money, Niall Ferguson, 2008
    Payback, Margaret Atwood, 2008
    In Defense Of Food, Michael Pollan, 2008
    The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, 2008

    Cookbooks
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    Eat Shrink Be Merry, Janet & Greta Podleski
    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, Ina Garten
    Everyday Italian, Giada de Laurentis
    Cook With Jamie, Jamie Oliver
    Vijs, Vij Vikram
    Molto Italiano, Mario Batali
    Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, Tosca Reno
    Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite, Gordon Ramsay
    Everyday Food, Martha Stewart
    Complete Canadian Living Baking, Elizabeth Baird
    Red White Drunk All Over, Natalie McLean
    The Silver Spoon
    French Laundry, Thomas Keller
    Food Matters, Mark Bittman
    Feast, Nigella Lawson
    Hello Cupcake, Karen Tack
    Billionaires Vinegar, Ben Wallace
    Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan
    Heat, Bill Buford

    Young Adult Fiction
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, 2007
    Twilight, Stephenie Meyer, 2005
    The Amber Spyglass, 2000
    Eragon, Christopher Paolini, 2003
    Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, 2007
    Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, 2000
    A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, 1999
    Bone: Out From Boneville, 2005
    The Book Thief, 2005
    The Tale of Despereaux, 2003

    Booklovers' Top Ten "Life-changing" Books
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    The Bible
    To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960
    Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, 1997
    Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1908
    The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, 2003
    The Alchemist, Paul Coelho, 1988
    The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill, 2007
    Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, 1997
    The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954
    Life of Pi, Yann Martel, 2002
    

About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:IDG). As the largest book retailer in the country, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Life; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore, and Coles. The online division, www.chapters.indigo.ca, features books, toys, music and DVDs, and hosts the award winning Indigo Online Community. In 2008, Indigo launched Pistachio, an eco-aware lifestyle store featuring stationery, gifts and home décor, and apothecary.

Chapters and Indigo are rated as the number one and number two retailers in Canada by the Kubas Major Market Retail Report, and have occupied the list since 2000.

In 2004, Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, a registered charity that provides new books and education materials to high-needs Canadian elementary schools, to address the literacy crisis in Canada. Visit loveofreading.org for more information.

To learn more about Indigo, please visit the About Our Company section of www.chapters.indigo.ca.

    
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    (1)  Indigo Books & Music Inc. Voices Panel survey, October 2009
    

SOURCE Indigo Books & Music Inc.

For further information: For further information: Lisa Huie, Manager, Public Relations, Indigo Books & Music Inc., (416) 646-8926


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