Amazon's Top 10 books of 2014 (so far) Live



#1: Updike by Adam Begley


From Amazon.com review: 

"Detailed yet readable, it goes far beyond describing the chronology of this unsurprisingly complex (and often paradoxical) character, layering on the lit crit where John Updike’s real life bled into his novels. Essential for admirers and illuminating for anyone with an interest in literature, Updike already merits consideration as one of the best biographies of 2014."
 

#2: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez


From Amazon.com review:

"Cristina Henríquez’s powerful novel The Book of Unknown Americans captures readers with the quiet beauty of her characters and their profoundly wrought experiences as immigrants in America." 


 
by CBC Books

#3: Redeployment by Phil Kay

From Amazon.com review:

"These twelve stories, are all about the Iraq War or its aftermath; they are so direct, so frank, they will impress readers who have read all they care to about the war as well as those who thought they couldn’t stand to read about it at all."  

by CBC Books

#4: Euphoria by Lily King

From Amazon.com review: 

"You know from the beginning that some bad things are going to happen, but it is to King’s great credit (and the fact that she changes some of the events in [Margaret] Mead’s life) that you can’t really guess what they are. This is the best kind of historical novel--the kind that sent me running to read more about its real-life inspiration."

 
by CBC Books

#5: No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald


 From Amazon.com review: 

"Whether you consider [Edward] Snowden a whistleblower crying foul on government overreach, or a self-aggrandizing traitor who put national security at risk, Greenwald’s book is thrilling and enlightening, a bellwether moment in a crucial debate."

by CBC Books

#6: In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen


 From Amazon.com review:

"The novel centers around Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish decent who has traveled to the concentration camp [Auschwitz] for reasons both spiritual and personal."

by CBC Books

#7: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


 From Amazon.com review:

"Few characters have ever been so alive to me as Hetty and Sarah. Long after you finish this book, you'll feel its courageous heart beating inside your own."
by CBC Books

#8: Red Rising by Pierce Brown


From Amazon.com review:

"Look beyond the inevitable comparison to The Hunger Games--Red Rising is the first book of a gritty, complex trilogy that blazes its own trail." 
by CBC Books

#9: Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman


From Amazon.com review:

"In 1961, while on an expedition to collect pieces for his father’s Museum of Primitive Art, Michael Rockefeller and his traveling companion were plunged into the warm waters off New Guinea. The billionaire scion tied two empty gas cans to his body for floatation and swam for shore, and by most accounts, he made it. But what happened there, when he encountered members of the Asmat tribe--a culture marked by ritual violence and cannibalism--has been long debated. Did he disappear into the tropical jungles, or was he rendered and eaten by the tribesmen, as many speculated and the Rockefeller family long denied? Award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman has stepped into Rockefeller’s boot prints and Asmat society, interviewing generations of warriors in an exhaustive and engrossing attempt to solve the mystery."

by CBC Books

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


From Amazon.com review:

"Hollow City is filled with eerily fascinating vintage photographs, and like a seasoned magician Riggs seamlessly incorporates them into a story already so well established in many ways that such a feat seems remarkable."

 
by CBC Books
 
 

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