Three Canadian authors earn spots in the top 10 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year list; Five Canadian authors in the top 25
For the first time ever, Amazon.ca also selects Best Canadian Books of the Year and Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens
SEATTLE, Nov. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year. The curated list is determined by the books team and features their favourite books released in Canada in 2014. This year, Amazon.ca names Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett as the No. 1 Best Book of 2014.
For the first time, Amazon.ca also names the 10 Best Canadian Books of the Year and the 10 Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens. Topping the Best Canadian Books of the Year was Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. The No. 1 Best Book of the Year for Children and Teens was Nancy Knows by Canadian author Cybele Young. To view all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.
"Customers looking for the perfect holiday read for the book lovers in their lives will find a wide variety of recommendations on the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year lists – from travel-inspired literary journeys, to books that keep you laughing, as well as our favourite Canadian reads and thrilling page-turners you can't put down," said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca.
The top 10 editors' picks for the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year are:
- Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett: A tour of the world's hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.
- What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund: A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
- Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood*: In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood's signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance.
- On Immunity by Eula Biss: Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man's Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
- Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte: Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel*: An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.
- Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder*: Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind.
- Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman: The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.
- The Innovators by Walter Isaacson: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.
* Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.
The 2014 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year features five novels by Canadian authors in the top 25 rankings, including Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (#4), Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (#7), Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder (#8), Kitten Clone by Douglas Coupland (#14) and The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter (#24).
To learn more about all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.
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