Amazon’s best books of 2014 list is out. It’s a refreshing mix of high literature, non-fiction, essays, sci-fi, and other genre books. The book of the year is sold out on Amazon at this exact second. (Maybe try your local bookstore?) It’s a debut novel by Celeste Ng called “Everything I Never Told You.”
See all 100 books here.
Here are links to Daily Circuit interviews with some of the others on the list:
“A Deadly Wandering” by Matt Richtel
“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay
“A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel” by Marlon James
“Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” by Karen Abbott
“The Oldest Living Things in the World” by Rachel Sussman
For me it was a coloring book with pictures of the Roman gods and goddesses that I picked up at my local grocery store. I fell in love with their exotic names and the beautiful faces. Once I finished coloring every picture, my grandmother said, “You know, you can read books about all those characters.” That was it. I went to the library and within a year I had read every myth at the Arden Hills branch of the Ramsey County Library.
Kerri Miller asked the same question on Twitter. Here’s what she heard.
I’m in a Roaming and Reading mood– maybe it’s because I don’t have a travel adventure planned until December. Until then, I’m going to let some wonderful novels take me far afield.
I’ve been reading “The Undertow” by Jo Baker. And “Portrait in Sepia” by Isabelle Allende, one of my all-time favorite writers.
What are you reading? And has it been influenced by a place you’ve been or are going?
The rise of libertarians, Caleb Scharf and mental health in schools. Read more →
“Microbiological threats will increase as our traditional techniques of anti-microbial defense lead to greater and greater resistances, and to thwart these we must discover new approaches to medical treatment, which we can afford, and implement in ways that incite compliance and good health.” Read more →
“While Emily St. John Mandel creates a world which is enduring horrible calamity in the form of a virulent flu which wipes out most of humanity, her literary creation is of the community of survivors living on in their new reality.” Read more →
“I am a world-class complainer but find palpable joy arriving with my evening Dewar’s, from Robinson Cano between pitches, from the first pages once again of “Appointment in Samarra” or the last lines of the Elizabeth Bishop poem called ‘Poem.'” Read more →
“It seems that the bacteria in our guts don’t simply wait for whatever leftovers we have to offer. They actively seek out their preferred meals through tricky deception.” Read more →
“The current Ebola virus’s hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years. ” Read more →
4 easy reads for the weekend
Humorous academic novels, a thriller and a memoir of the Midwest. Read more →