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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

And Amazon's top twenty ...

The mega-company produces its mega-list for 2011

Amazon have named their Top Ten Books of 2011, with Chad Harbach's debut novel THE ART OF FIELDING as their No. 1 pick.

Interestingly, the list does not seem to include a single self-published book, or one that came out first as an eBook -- unless that enigmatic "FSG" means something that escapes me.

1. The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown)
2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami (Knopf)
3. What It Is Like To Go To War, by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly Press)
4. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (FSG)
5. In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson (Crown)
6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Young Readers)
7. Before I Go To Sleep, by SJ Watson (Harper)
8. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)
9. Lost in Shangri-la, by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper)
10. The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht (Random House)
11. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
12. Bossypants, by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books)
13. Blood, Bones & Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House)
14. We the Animals, by Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
15. Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer (Penguin Press)
16. The Lover's Dictionary, by David Levithan (FSG)
17. The Greater Journey, by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)
18. Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks (HarperCollins)
19. Maphead, by Ken Jennings (Scribner)
20. The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt (HarperCollins)

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