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Best Books of 2007 (Amazon Editors' Picks)

1.A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hardcover)
Khaled Hosseini

Afghan-American novelist Hosseini follows up his bestselling The Kite Runner with another searing epic of Afghanistan in turmoil. The story covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny through the lives of two women... read more
2.The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Hardcover)
Junot Diaz

Nowadays, there may be Hmong in Madison and Somalis in St. Paul, but some of us still have trouble keeping up with all the intense cultural mixing and melting going on amid our purple-mountained majesty. For example, mention the Dominicans among us to the average Tom, Dick or Andy Rooney, and he's liable to speak of a mythical Shortstop Island from which wing-footed infielders plot their takeover of America's pastime... read more
3.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) (Hardcover)
J. K. Rowling

Potter fans, relax-this review packs no spoilers. Instead, we're taking advantage of our public platform to praise Rowling for the excellence of her plotting... read more
4.The World Without Us (Hardcover)
Alan Weisman

If a virulent virus--or even the Rapture--depopulated Earth overnight, how long before all trace of humankind vanished? That's the provocative, and occasionally puckish, question posed by Weisman (An Echo in My Blood) in this imaginative hybrid of solid science reporting and morbid speculation... read more
5.The Dangerous Book for Boys (Hardcover)
Conn Iggulden

Equal parts droll and gorgeous nostalgia book and heartfelt plea for a renewed sense of adventure in the lives of boys and men, Conn and Hal Iggulden's ... read more
6.Heartsick (Hardcover)
Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain steps into a crowded, blood-soaked genre with... read more
7.Tree of Smoke: A Novel (Hardcover)
Denis Johnson

If this novel, Johnson's first in nearly a decade, is-as the promo copy says-about Skip Sands, it's also about his uncle, a legendary CIA operative; Kathy Jones, a widowed, saintly Canadian nurse; Trung, a North Vietnamese spy; and the Houston brothers, Bi... read more
8.A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Hardcover)
Ishmael Beah

This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare. Beah's harrowing journey ... read more
9.Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance (Hardcover)
Atul Gawande

Surgeon and MacArthur fellow Gawande applies his gift for dulcet prose to medical and ethical dilemmas in this collection of 12 original and previously published essays adapted from the New England Journal of Medicine and the New Yorker. If his 2002 collection, Complications, addressed the unfathomable ... read more
10.I Am America (And So Can You!) (Hardcover)
Stephen Colbert

Realizing that it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that's destroying America, Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our countrywhether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals. His various targets include nature (I've never trusted the sea... read more
11.The God of Animals: A Novel (Hardcover)
Aryn Kyle

The Significant Seven Spotlight Title, March 2007: Aryn Kyle's haunting coming-of-age novel is the kind of book that you want to share with everyone you know. Twelve-year-old Alice Winston is growing up fast on her father's run-down horse ranch--coping with the death of a classmate and the absence of ... read more
12.Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography (Hardcover)
David Michaelis

For all the joy Charlie Brown and the gang gave readers over half a century, their creator, Charles Schulz, was a profoundly unhappy man. It's widely known that he hated the name Peanuts, which was foisted on the strip by his syndicate. But Michaelis (N.C. Wyeth:... read more
13.In the Woods (Hardcover)
Tana French

Irish author French expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut. When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Det. Rob Ryan and his part... read more
14.The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Hardcover)
Dinaw Mengestu

Barely suppressed despair and black wit infuse this beautifully observed debut from Ethiopian migr Mengestu. Set over eight months in a gentrifying Washington, D.C., neighborhood in the 1970s, it captures an uptick in Ethiopian grocery store owner Sepha Stephanos's long-deferred hopes, as Judith, a white academic, fixes ... read more
15.The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (Hardcover)
A. J. Jacobs

The Significant Seven, September 2007: Make no mistake: A.J. Jacobs is not a religious man. He describes himself as Jewish "in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant." Yet his latest work, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as... read more
16.The Great Man: A Novel (Hardcover)
Kate Christensen

This penetratingly observed novel is less about the great man of its title than the women Oscar Feldman, fictional 20th-century New York figurative painter (and an infamous seducer of models as well as a neglectful father), leaned on and left behind: Abiga... read more
17.Call Me by Your Name: A Novel (Hardcover)
Andre Aciman

Egyptian-born Aciman is the author of the acclaimed memoir ... read more
18.The Savage Detectives: A Novel (Hardcover)
Roberto Bolano

The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation, but his novel The Savage Detectives is a lot closer to Y Tu Mamá También than it is to One Hundred Years of Solitude. Hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, full of inside jokes ... read more
19.Bridge of Sighs (Hardcover)
Richard Russo

Richard Russo's portraits of smalltown life may be read not only as fine novels but as invaluable guides to the economic decline of the American Northeast. Russo was reared in Gloversville, N.Y. (which got its name from the gloves no longer manufactured there), and a lot ... read more
20.Then We Came to the End: A Novel (Hardcover)
Joshua Ferris

In this wildly funny debut from former ad man Ferris, a group of copywriters and designers at a Chicago ad agency face layoffs at the end of the '90s boom. Indignation rises over the rightful owner of a particularly coveted chair ("We felt ... read more
21.The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Hardcover)
Maggie O'Farrell

O'Farrell (After You'd Gone) delivers an intricate, eloquent novel of family malice, longings and betrayal. Slim, stylish Iris Lockhart runs a dress shop in contemporary Edinburgh when she's not flirting with her stepbrother Alex or rendezvousing with her married attorney lover, Luke. Esme Lennox, meanwhile, is ... read more
22.God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Hardcover)
Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens, one of our great political pugilists, delivers the best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos. The same contrarian spirit that makes him delightful reading as a political commentator, even (or especially) when he's completely wrong, makes him ... read more
23.The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World (Hardcover)
Alan Greenspan

In the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, in his fourteenth year as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Alan Greenspan took part in a very quiet collective effort to ensure that America didn't experience an economic meltdown, taking the rest of ... read more
24.The Raw Shark Texts: A Novel (Hardcover)
Steven Hall

Not since Fight Club have a I read a book that sizzled with such fierce originality and searing vision as Steven Hall's electrifying debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts. It's a twisting, trippy thriller that tears through the landscape of language, revealing ... read more
25.The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Day 1) [AUDIOBOOK] (Hardcover)
Patrick Rothfuss

Harry Potter fans craving a new mind-blowing series should look no further than The Name of the Wind--the first book in a trilogy about an orphan boy who becomes a legend. Full of music, magic, love, and loss, Patrick... read more
26.The Shotgun Rule: A Novel (Hardcover)
Charlie Huston

One of the crime genre's rising stars, Huston (Six Bad Things) delivers a stunning, darkly comic coming-of-age novel, set in the summer of 1983 in an unnamed Northern California town. Four teenage boys, out of school and experimenting with drugs, booze and sex, find trouble fast ... read more
27.Loving Frank: A Novel (Hardcover)
Nancy Horan

Horan's ambitious first novel is a fictionalization of the life of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, best known as the woman who wrecked Frank Lloyd Wright's first marriage. Despite the title, this is not a romance, but a portrayal of an independent, educated woman ... read more
28.Falling Man: A Novel (Hardcover)
Don DeLillo

The defining moment of turn-of-the-21st-century America is perfectly portrayed in National Book Award winner Don DeLillo's ... read more
29.Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations (Hardcover)
Jeffrey Brown

Celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown's collection of all-new drawings sweetly illustrates the joys of living with a cat. Featured in ... read more
30.No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories (Hardcover)
Miranda July

It's a testament to July's artistry that the narrators of this arresting first collection elicit empathy rather than groans. "Making Love in 2003," for example, follows a young woman's dubious trajectory from being the passive, discarded object of her write... read more
31.Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Hardcover)
Barbara Kingsolver Camille Kingsolver Steven L. Hopp

Michael Pollan is the crack investigator and graceful narrator of the ecology of local food and the toxic logic of industrial agriculture. Now he has a peer. Novelist Kingsolver recounts a year spent eating home-grown food and, if not that, local. Accomplished gardeners... read more
32.Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers' Engravings and Stories (1965-1973) (Hardcover)
Sherry Buchanan

For American soldiers in Vietnam, the Zippo lighter was an essential talisman; its chrome casing was also a convenient canvas on which fighters expressed their anger and frustration. In Vietnam Zippos these unique artifacts tell the story of a war gone sour. Lyndon Johnson's observation that 'ultimate ... read more
33.Einstein: His Life and Universe (Hardcover)
Walter Isaacson

As a scientist, Albert Einstein is undoubtedly the most epic among 20th-century thinkers. Albert Einstein as a man, however, has been a much harder portrait to paint, and what we know of him as a husband, father, and friend is fragmentary at best... read more
34.The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
Alex Ross

Ross, the classical music critic for the New Yorker, leads a whirlwind tour from the Viennese premiere of Richard Strauss's Salome in 1906 to minimalist Steve Reich's downtown Manhattan apartment. The wide-ranging historical material is organized in thematic essays grounded in personalities and places,... read more
35.The Spellman Files: A Novel (Hardcover)
Lisa Lutz

Cracking the case can get complicated and outrageously wacky when a family of detectives is involved, but Lutz has a blast doing it in her delicious debut. Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, a San Francisco PI who began working for Spellman Investigations at age 12... read more
36.The Gathering (Man Booker Prize) (Paperback)
Anne Enright

In the taut latest from Enright (What Are You Like?), middle-aged Veronica Hegarty, the middle child in an Irish-Catholic family of nine, traces the aftermath of a tragedy that has claimed the life of rebellious elder brother Liam. As Veronica travels to London to bring Liam's body back to ... read more
37.The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Hardcover)
Brian Selznick

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a ... read more
38.Run (Hardcover)
Ann Patchett

Novelists can no longer take it as an insult when people say their novels are like good television, because the finest American television is better written than most novels. Ann Patchett's new one has the texture, the pace and the fairy tale elegance of a half ... read more
39.Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (Hardcover)
Oliver Sacks

Since the 1970 publication of Migraine, neurologist Oliver Sacks's unusual and fascinating case histories of "differently brained" people and phenomena--a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome, a community of people born totally colorblind, musical hallucinations, to name a few--have been marked by extraordinary compassion and humanity, focusing on the patient ... read more
40.The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (Hardcover)
Diane Ackerman

Ackerman (A Natural History of the Senses) tells the remarkable WWII story of Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo, and his wife, Antonina, who, with courage and coolheaded ingenuity, sheltered 300 Jews as well as Polish resisters in their villa and in animal cages ... read more
41.The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (The Liberation Trilogy) (Hardcover)
Rick Atkinson

Atkinson surpasses his Pulitzer-winning An Army at Dawn in this empathetic, perceptive analysis of the second stage in the U.S. Army's grassroots development from well-intentioned amateurs to the most formidable fighting force of World War II. The battles in Sicily and Italy developed the combat effectiveness ... read more
42.The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (Hardcover)
Jeffrey Toobin

It's not laws or constitutional theory that rule the High Court, argues this absorbing group profile, but quirky men and women guided by political intuition... read more
43.The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution (Hardcover)
Alice Waters

The delicious dishes described in the latest cookbook from Chez Panisse founder Waters, such as a four-ingredient Soda Bread and Cauliflower Salad with Olives and Capers, are simple indeed, though the book's structure is complex, if intuitive. After a useful discussion of ingredients and equipment come ... read more
44.The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Hardcover)
Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid's first novel, Moth Smoke, dealt with the confluence of personal and political themes, and his second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, revisits that territory in the person of Changez, a young Pakistani. Told in a single monologue, the narrative never flags. Changez ... read more
45.About Alice (Hardcover)
Calvin Trillin

Trillin (A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme), a staff writer with the New Yorker since 1963, has often written about the members of his family, notably his wife, Alice, whom he married in 1965. A graduate of Wellesley and Yale, she was a writer and ... read more
46.The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Hardcover)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb continues his exploration of randomness in his fascinating new book, The Black Swan, in which he examines the influence of highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact. Engaging and enlightening, The Black Swan is a book that may change the way you ... read more
47.1776: The Illustrated Edition (Hardcover)
David McCullough

This handsome new version of McCullough's blockbuster (2.6 million copies of the original edition in print) is a visual feast. The text is abridged, but McCullough illustrates his riveting account of the most important year in the war that made America with maps, portraits and reproductions ... read more
48.The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 (Hardcover)
Geoffrey C. Ward Ken Burns

History buffs, Ken Burns fans, and anyone whose life has been touched by war will be awed by Burns's new book, The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, a stunning companion to his PBS series airing in September 2007. Focusing on the citizens of four towns, The War follows more ... read more
49.The Face of Death (Hardcover)
Cody Mcfadyen

A June 2007 Significant Seven Editors' Pick: Don't let the title fool you. Cody McFadyen's The Face of Death is not just another scary-as-hell serial killer novel (although it is that in spades). Drawing a chilling portrait of a child stalked by a serial killer seeking revenge, McFadyen's ... read more
50.Out Stealing Horses: A Novel (Hardcover)
Per Petterson

Award-winning Norwegian novelist Petterson renders the meditations of Trond Sander, a man nearing 70, dwelling in self-imposed exile at the eastern edge of Norway in a primitive cabin. Trond's peaceful existence is interrupted by a meeting with his only... read more
51.On Chesil Beach: A Novel (Hardcover)
Ian McEwan

Such is Ian McEwan's genius that, despite rambling nature walks and the naming of birds, his subject matter remains hermetically sealed in the hearts of two people... read more
52.Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before (Hardcover)
Alastair Fothergill

In this gorgeous coffee-table book, an offshoot of the Discovery Channel/ BBC series of the same name, zoologist and BBC producer Fothergill takes readers on a kaleidoscopic tour of the flora, fauna and natural history of the Earth's poles, forests, plains... read more
53.The Abstinence Teacher (Hardcover)
Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta knows his suburbia, and in The Abstinence Teacher he carves out an even larger chunk of his distinct terrain. Set in the northeastern suburb of Stonewood Heights, Perrotta's sixth book takes on the war between the liberals and the evangelists. When single mother Ruth ... read more
54.Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See (Hardcover)
Robert Kurson

Blinded in a childhood accident, Mike May never hesitated to try anything... read more
55.Fire in the Blood (Hardcover)
Irene Nemirovsky

NOTE ON THE TEXT from Fire in the Blood Until recently, only a partial text of Fire in the Blood was thought to exist, typed up by Irène Némirovsky's husband, Michel Epstein, to whom she often passed her manuscripts for this purpose. However, Michel's typing breaks off ... read more
56.The Maytrees: A Novel (Hardcover)
Annie Dillard

Lou Bigelow meets her husband-to-be, Toby Maytree, when Toby returns to Provincetown following WWII. In the house Lou inherits from her mother, they read, cook soup, play games with friends, vote and raise a child. Toby writes poetry and does odd jobs; Lou paints. Their unaffected ... read more
57.Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Hardcover)
Jeremy Scahill

Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and security firm. It owes its existence, he shows, to the postCold War drawdown of U.S. armed forces, its prosperity to the post-9/11 overextension of those forces and its notoriety... read more
58.The River Cottage Meat Book (Hardcover)
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Fearnley-Whittingstall (The River Cottage Cookbook) runs a farm, on 60 acres of land in Dorset, England. His is a voice full of expertise and respect for nature. If it has walked on four legs, chances are the author has raised, slaughtered and/or eaten it. Thus, this densely constructed tome... read more
59.Spook Country (Hardcover)
William Gibson

Now that the present has caught up with William Gibson's vision of the future, which made him the most influential science fiction writer of the past quarter century, he has started writing about a time--our time--in which everyday life feels like science ... read more
60.Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Hardcover)
Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny returns, but this time he has a doppelganger. Trixie is off to school, and things are going well enough... read more
61.Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes (Hardcover)
Kyle Cassidy

In 2004 after a fractious election in which the gun argument played a significant part, photo-journalist Kyle Cassidy hit the road to learn why so many people owned so many guns. His search for answers took him on a journey that extended over two years ... read more
62.The Young Man and the Sea: Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales from Esca (Hardcover)
David Pasternack Ed Levine Christopher Hirsheimer

When a chef writes a cookbook, he or she must make often complex restaurant dishes accessible to home cooks without sacrificing the things that make them great. This is precisely what David Pasternack, chef at New York's Esca, has done in ... read more
63.Someone Knows My Name: A Novel (Hardcover)
Lawrence Hill

Stunning, wrenching and inspiring, the fourth novel by Canadian novelist Hill (Any Known Blood) spans the life of Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745. The novel opens in 1802, as Aminata is wooed in London to the cause of British abolitionists, and begins ... read more
64.The Diary of Petr Ginz (Hardcover)
Chava Pressburger

The diaries of Petr Ginz, a 14-year-old Czech Jew who died in Auschwitz in 1944, resurfaced in 2003 after nearly 60 years in obscurity. Now edited by his sister, the diary covers 11 months preceding Ginz's deportation to the Theresienstadt concentration... read more
65.Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer's Chronicle of the Iraq War (Hardcover)
Ashley Gilbertson

This collection of photographs and commentary presents a relentlessly tragic vision of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, where freelance and later ... read more
66.Finn: A Novel (Hardcover)
Jon Clinch

In this darkly luminous debut, Finn, the namesake of the title, is not Twain's illustrious Huck, but Huck's father, "Pap." As the novel opens, an African-American woman's bloated corpse floats downriver from Lasseter, Ill., toward the slave territory of St. Petersburg, Mo. In the Lasseter woods... read more
67.Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's (Hardcover)
John Elder Robison

Robison's thoughtful and thoroughly memorable account of living with Asperger's syndrome is assured of media attention (and sales) due in part to his brother Augusten Burroughs's brief but fascinating description of Robison in Running with Scissors. But Robison's story is much more fully detailed in this ... read more
68.The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel (Hardcover)
Michael Chabon

They are the "frozen Chosen," two million people living, dying and kvetching in Sitka, Alaska, the temporary homeland established for displaced World War II Jews in Chabon's ambitious and entertaining new novel. It isdeep breath nowa murder-mystery speculative-history Jewish-identity noir chess thriller, so perhaps it's no... read more
69.I Love You, Beth Cooper (Hardcover)
Larry Doyle

Former TV writer and magazine editor Doyle frenetically chronicles in his debut a long night of goofy teenage antics. After concluding he has nothing to lose, geekazoid valedictorian Denis Cooverman declares, during his graduation speech, his love for Beth... read more
70.Mississippi Sissy (Hardcover)
Kevin Sessums

This lovely, engaging memoir by acclaimed entertainment writer Sessums is not so much a gay coming-out story (although its author does discover and act upon his homosexuality) as an investigation of the effects of popular culture on a young, white boy grow... read more
71.Brother, I'm Dying (Hardcover)
Edwidge Danticat

In a single day in 2004, Danticat (Breath, Eyes, Memory; The Farming of Bones) learns that she's pregnant and that her father, Andr, is dyinga stirring constellation of events that frames this Haitian immigrant family's story, rife with premature departures and painful silences. When Danticat was ... read more
72.Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games (Hardcover)
Tennent H. Bagley

Bagley, who oversaw the CIA's operations against the KGB in the 1960s, takes us deep inside the cold war spy game. He focuses on a notorious case, one he was intimately familiar with: Yuri Nosenko, the KGB officer who approached the Americans in May 1962... read more
73.Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 (Hardcover)
Robert Hass

The first book in 10 years from former U.S. poet laureate Hass may be his best in 30: these new poems show a rare internal variety, even as they reflect his constant concerns. One is human impact on the planet at the century's end: a nine-part verse-essay ... read more
74.The Chicago Way (Hardcover)
Michael Harvey

Reminiscent of Raymond Chandler's best Byzantine plots and the iciest moments of James M. Cain, Michael Harvey's debut... read more
75.Interred with Their Bones (Hardcover)
Jennifer Lee Carrell

Plot twists worthy of The Da Vinci Code dominate this agile first novel from Carrell (The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox), a thriller involving a lost Shakespeare play, The History of Cardenio. On a June day in 2004, at London's rebuilt Globe theater... read more
76.Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel (Hardcover)
Joe Hill

Do you sleep with the light on? Are you in the habit of checking your doors and windows before you go to bed? Maybe even checking ... read more
77.Scouts in Bondage: And Other Violations of Literary Propriety
Michael Bell

Step inside Michael Bell's antiquarian bookshop, stocked with rare and fine collectibles of infinite variety, from ... read more
78.Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments (Hardcover)
David Lebovitz

Lebovitz, a former Chez Panisse pastry chef and author of ... read more
79.Stealing Lincoln's Body (Hardcover)
Thomas J. Craughwell

Craughwell provides an intriguing glimpse at a macabre but interesting footnote to the story of Abraham Lincoln: the tale of how, on election night of 1876, several Chicago counterfeiters attempted to abduct and hold for ransom the 16th president's corpse. As Craughwell demonstrates, authorities received advance... read more
80.I Am a Strange Loop (Hardcover)
Douglas Hofstadter

Hofstadter who won a Pulitzer for his 1979 book, Gdel, Escher, Bachblends a surprising array of disciplines and styles in his continuing rumination on the nature of consciousness. Eschewing the study of biological processes as inadequate to the task, he argues that the phenomenon of self-awareness is ... read more
81.The Principles of Uncertainty (Hardcover)
Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in an inimitable combination of image and text.... read more
82.Clapton: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
Eric Clapton

Readers hoping for sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll won't be disappointed by the legendary guitarist's autobiography. As he retraces every step of his career, from the early stints with the Yardbirds and Cream to his solo successes, Clapton also devotes... read more
83.The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring (Hardcover)
Richard Preston

In this radical departure from Preston's bestsellers on catastrophic diseases (The Demon in the Freezer, etc.), he journeys into the perpendicular universe of the world's tallest trees. Mostly California redwoods, they are the colossal remnants of a lost world, some predating the fall of Rome. Suspended ... read more
84.The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family (Hardcover)
Martha Raddatz

Violent resistance in post-invasion Iraq kicked into high gear on April 4, 2004, when American troops in Sadr City faced a massive assault that claimed eight soldiers' lives and wounded more than 70 others. Raddatz, an Emmy-winning correspondent for ABC... read more
85.Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (Hardcover)
Don Tapscott

The word "wiki" means "quick" in Hawaiian, and here author and think tank CEO Tapscott (The Naked Corporation), along with research director Williams, paint in vibrant colors the quickly changing world of Internet togetherness, also known as mass or global... read more
86.The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (Hardcover)
David Halberstam

David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book for the Vietnam War. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivalled research and formidable journalistic skills to shed light on another dark corner in our history: the Korean War. The Coldest Winter is ... read more
87.Down River (Hardcover)
John Hart

Hart surpasses his bestselling debut, The King of Lies (2006), with his richly atmospheric second novel, which offers a tighter plot, more adroit pacing and less angst. Five years earlier, Adam Chase was arrested for murder, largely on the basis of his stepmother's sworn testimony against... read more
88.The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 (Hardcover)
William Dalrymple

In time for the 150th anniversary of the Great Mutiny, the uprising that came close to toppling British rule in India, Dalrymple presents a brilliant, evocative exploration of a doomed world and its final emperor, Bahadur Shah II, descendant of Genghis... read more
89.The Braindead Megaphone (Paperback)
George Saunders

Best known for his absurdist, sci-fitinged short stories, Saunders (In Persuasion Nation) offers up an assortment of styles in his first nonfiction collection. Humor pieces from the New Yorker like Ask the Optimist, in which a newspaper advice column spins out of control, reflect the gleeful insanity of his ... read more
90.The Terror: A Novel (Hardcover)
Dan Simmons

Hugo-winner Simmons (Olympos) brings the horrific trials and tribulations of arctic exploration vividly to life in this beautifully written historical, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage. Sir John Franklin, the leader of ... read more
91.China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power (Hardcover)
Rob Gifford

National Public Radio China correspondent Gifford journeyed for six weeks on China's Mother Road, Route 312, from its beginning in Shanghai for nearly 3,000 miles to a tiny town in what used to be known as Turkestan. The route picks up the old Silk Road... read more
92.Creature (Hardcover)
Andrew Zuckerman

Photographer Andrew Zuckerman's strikingly detailed images of animals from around the world are as delightful as they are inspiring. This collection of astonishing studio portraits of 175 wild creatures from baby leopards to parrots, bears, mandrills, and ... read more
93.What the Dead Know: A Novel (Hardcover)
Laura Lippman

Edgar-winner Lippman, author of the Tess Monaghan mystery series (No Good Deeds, etc.), shows she's as good as Peter Abrahams and other A-list thriller writers with this outstanding stand-alone. A driver who flees a car accident on a Maryland highway breathes new life into a 30-year-old... read more
94.Journals: 1952-2000 (Hardcover)
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

A landmark publication in the history of American letters, and a unique opportunity to celebrate the legacy of the one of the great public intellectuals of our time. For more than a half century, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. was at the vital center of American political and cultural life... read more
95.The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food (Hardcover)
Judith Jones

The title of this testament to one woman's appetite comes from Brillat-Savarin, who wrote of a 10th museGasterea, goddess of the pleasures of taste. Many food writers would argue that this 10th muse is actually Judith Jones. For nearly half a century, Jones, an editor of ... read more
96.America In Space: NASA's First Fifty Years (Nasa) (Hardcover)
Steven Dick

The most memorable photographs from America's recent explorations of space have been taken by the Hubble space telescope and the Huygens mission to Saturn. But as the editors of this lavishly illustrated coffee-table volume demonstrate, in the early years ... read more
97.Tony Duquette (Hardcover)
Wendy Goodman

American artist and design legend Tony Duquette (1914)... read more
98.20th Century Ghosts (Hardcover)
Joe Hill

Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . . Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ... read more
99.The Myths of Innovation [ILLUSTRATED] (Hardcover)
Scott Berkun

Scott Berkun Discusses Innovation at Amazon.com Headquarters Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation and The Art of Project Management, visited Amazon.com to discuss "epiphany myths" and the realities--and effort--of implementing innovation in your own ... read more
100.Thomas Allen: Uncovered (Board book)
Chip Kidd

In this darkly delightful first monograph--also a board book--Thomas Allen selects the pulpiest of pulp paperbacks and then lovingly slices out a figure from the cover, gently folds it into position and constructs a witty and oftentimes suggestive scene ... read more

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