's Top 100 Editors' Picks of 2010

November 4th, 2010

Best Books of 2010

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As Books editors at Amazon, we read all year with this page in mind. We’re always asking ourselves, “Is this a keeper? Is this one worth telling people about?” And here is our chance to collect those books that made us say, “Yes.” These are the books we’ve been telling each other about all year, and the ones that we’ve watched our customers spread the word about too, starting with our choice for the book of the year, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a brilliantly and compassionately told story of a woman lost to history and the family that sustained her memory while her cells became a foundation of modern science.

You’ll find many more great books for readers of all ages and interests in our top 100 editors’ and customers’ lists, as well as our year-end top 10s in nearly two dozen categories.

Top 100 Editors’ Picks
No year can be summed up in a sentence, but one thing we noticed about the books we loved best in 2010 was that many of the stories they told required extra time for seasoning, from Rebecca Skloot’s true-life detective story, the fruit of a decade’s patient research, to Karl Marlantes’s debut novel, which took over three decades to prove the old adage that a war’s finest fiction comes long after the fighting is done, to Patti Smith’s celebration of her bohemian youth from the wise, but no less wide-eyed, perspective of age. For stories like these, and the rest of our Top 100 Editors’ Picks for 2010, we’re willing to wait:

1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2. Faithful Place

3. Matterhorn

4. Unbroken

5. The Warmth of Other Suns

6. Freedom

7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

8. To the End of the Land

9. Just Kids

10. The Big