2013 Best Books of the Year: The Top 100 in Print

The Goldfinch
Congratulations to Donna Tartt on The Goldfinch, our pick for the 2013 Best Book of the Year. See all our top 100 picks below.
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1. The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
3.8 out of 5 stars (6,844 customer reviews)
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October 22, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader.  Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old ... Read more

2. And the Mountains Echoed
And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
4.2 out of 5 stars (5,598 customer reviews)
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May 21, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2013: Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed begins simply enough, with a father recounting a folktale to his two young children. The tale is about a young boy who is taken by a div (a sort of ogre), and how that ... Read more

3. Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
by David Finkel
4.5 out of 5 stars (191 customer reviews)
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October 1, 2013
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Amazon Q&A for Thank You For Your Service. Chris Schluep, Editor at Amazon, interviews David Finkel, author of Thank You For Your Service. Some books just sneak up on you and you're never the same after. I'd heard very little about David Finkel's Thank You For Your ... Read more

4. Life After Life: A Novel
Life After Life: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson
3.6 out of 5 stars (2,145 customer reviews)
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April 2, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: Every time Ursula Todd dies, she is born again. Each successive life is an iteration on the last, and we see how Ursula's choices affect her, those around her, and--so boldly--the fate of the 20th-century world. Most impressive is how ... Read more

5. Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
by Tom Kizzia
4.2 out of 5 stars (374 customer reviews)
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Crown
July 16, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2013: When the "Pilgrim" family rolled into the old mining outpost of McCarthy, Alaska, they were a sight to behold: Robert "Papa Pilgrim" Hale, his wife Country Rose, and their 15 children--an old-fashioned, piously Christian family from another time, packed ... Read more

6. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Scott Anderson
4.5 out of 5 stars (626 customer reviews)
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August 6, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia is a marvel of a history book. The research is impeccable. The story is fascinating and unforgettable. And the characters are so compelling that they seem to have been plucked from a novel. During World ... Read more

7. Tenth of December: Stories
Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders
3.4 out of 5 stars (723 customer reviews)
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January 8, 2013
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2013: George Saunders' first short-story collection in six years, Tenth of December is as profound and moving as it is entertaining. Saunders' wonderful ability to portray a character's inner monologue--the secret voices, the little fantasies, the inside jokes, the spots of sadness--might ... Read more

8. The Son
The Son
by Philipp Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars (947 customer reviews)
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May 28, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: In 1859, Eli McCullough, the 13-year-old son of Texas pioneers, is captured in a brutal Comanche raid on his family's homestead. First taken as a slave along with his less intrepid brother, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their ... Read more

9. A House in the Sky: A Memoir
A House in the Sky: A Memoir
by Sara Corbett
4.7 out of 5 stars (683 customer reviews)
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Scribner
September 10, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: Amanda Lindhout’s story starts as a breathless travelogue, inspired by National Geographic: as a kid in rural Alberta, Lindhout scavenged bottles to buy thrift store copies of the magazine, escaping through its pages from a violent home into ... Read more

10. Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,045 customer reviews)
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February 26, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: While Eleanor & Park is technically classified as YA lit and has a cutesy cover, don’t let the stigma of “books for teens” fool or deter you. It is written about teens, sure, but the themes are so universal that ... Read more

11. Who Owns the Future?
Who Owns the Future?
by Jaron Lanier
4.1 out of 5 stars (89 customer reviews)
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May 7, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2013: Jaron Lanier's last book, You Are Not a Gadget, was an influential criticism of Web 2.0's crowd-sourced backbone. In Who Owns the Future?, Lanier is interested in how network technologies affect our culture, economy, and collective soul. Lanier is talking ... Read more

12. The Interestings: A Novel
The Interestings: A Novel
by Meg Wolitzer
3.6 out of 5 stars (1,052 customer reviews)
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April 9, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: This knowing, generous and slyly sly new novel follows a group of teenagers who meet at a summer camp for artsy teens in 1974 and survive as friends through the competitions and realities of growing up. At its heart is ... Read more

13. The Lowland
The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
4.0 out of 5 stars (797 customer reviews)
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September 24, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: But for its lyrical, evocative scenes of life in the Calcutta neighborhood in which her heroes grow up, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland could be set anywhere, in almost any time. At the center of this heartbreaking story are two very ... Read more

14. The Sound of Things Falling: A Novel
The Sound of Things Falling: A Novel
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
3.9 out of 5 stars (186 customer reviews)
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August 1, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Juan Gabriel Vasquez will draw comparisons to other major Latin American icons. But while the influence of Roberto Bolaño, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez are present throughout his second novel, The Sound of Things Falling, he is a ... Read more

15. The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
by Helene Wecker
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,135 customer reviews)
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April 23, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: Imaginative and meticulously researched, this enchanting debut novel from Helene Wecker is, in reality, an historical fiction. Set primarily in turn-of-the-century Manhattan, it deliberately details the immigrant experience--the wonders and hardships of being in a new country and the discoveries, ... Read more

16. The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
by Bob Shacochis
3.5 out of 5 stars (92 customer reviews)
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September 3, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: In this breathtakingly ambitious work, spanning the globe and many decades, Shacochis has crafted a (mostly) fictional backstory to 9/11, tracing the ancient hatreds that continue to infect history. At the story’s core is Jackie Smith (aka Renee Gardner, aka ... Read more

17. Wave
Wave
by Sonali Deraniyagala
4.1 out of 5 stars (436 customer reviews)
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March 5, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: In an unblinking act of storytelling, Sonali Deraniyagala ruthlessly chronicles the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that horrifically snatched from her all that mattered. Throughout this fierce and furious book, I kept wondering how someone who lost so much could ... Read more

18. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
by Neil Gaiman
4.2 out of 5 stars (2,642 customer reviews)
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William Morrow
June 18, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: Neil Gaiman's intent was simple: to write a short story. What he ended up with instead was The Ocean at the of the Lane--his first adult novel since Anansi Boys came out in 2005, and a narrative so thoughtful and ... Read more

19. Allegiant (Divergent Series)
Allegiant (Divergent Series)
by Veronica Roth
3.3 out of 5 stars (10,157 customer reviews)
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Katherine Tegen Books
October 22, 2013
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An Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2013: Veronica Roth had her work cut out for her, ending a trilogy that had fans rabid for the final book, and she pulled it off like a champ. Allegiant kicks off right where Insurgent ended, so if it’s been a ... Read more

20. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer
4.3 out of 5 stars (410 customer reviews)
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 21, 2013
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*Starred Review* How have we come to feel that neither the government nor the private sector works as it should and that the shrinking middle class has few prospects of recovering its former glory? Through profiles of several Americans, from a factory work... Read more

21. The Woman Upstairs
The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud
3.3 out of 5 stars (530 customer reviews)
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April 30, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2013: If this ferocious novel were to have a subtitle, it would be: No More Ms. Nice Guy. "How angry am I? You don’t want to know. Nobody wants to know about that," barks Nora Eldridge, our 42-year-old protagonist, an aesthete-wannabe ... Read more

22. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg
4.4 out of 5 stars (2,331 customer reviews)
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March 11, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Anyone who's watched Sheryl Sandberg's popular TED Talk, "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders," is familiar with--and possibly haunted by--the idea of "having it all." "Perhaps the greatest trap ever set for women was the coining of this phrase," ... Read more

23. One Summer: America, 1927
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson
4.6 out of 5 stars (935 customer reviews)
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October 1, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It’s amazing what a talented writer at the top of his game can do with a seemingly narrow topic. The title of Bill Bryson’s latest sums up the simplicity of his task: to document the “most extraordinary summer” of 1927, ... Read more

24. The Luminaries: A Novel (Man Booker Prize)
The Luminaries: A Novel (Man Booker Prize)
by Eleanor Catton
3.7 out of 5 stars (811 customer reviews)
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October 15, 2013
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"The Luminaries is a true achievement. Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th-century novel, and in so doing created a novel for the 21st, something utterly new. The pages fly." -- Bill Roorbach, New York Times Book Review"A finely wrought fun house of a novel. Enjoy the ... Read more

25. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
4.5 out of 5 stars (724 customer reviews)
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November 5, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013: In an era when cooperation between the national media and the US government seems laughable, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s timely 100-year look backward explores the origins of the type of muckraking journalism that helped make America a ... Read more

26. Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
by Stephen King
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,444 customer reviews)
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June 4, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: What a smart, sweet, spooky, sexy gem of a story. In this one-off for the Hard Case Crime publishing imprint, King has found yet another outlet and format (print only, a zippy 280 pages) to suit his considerable talents. All ... Read more

27. The Signature of All Things: A Novel
The Signature of All Things: A Novel
by Elizabeth Gilbert
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,222 customer reviews)
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October 1, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: As a small girl, Elizabeth Gilbert scrawled her name in the most extraordinary book in her house: an original illustrated folio of Captain Cook’s voyages. Decades later, her parents discovered her signature and gave her the book, reigniting her passion ... Read more

28. The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
by Amy Stewart
4.7 out of 5 stars (240 customer reviews)
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March 19, 2013
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Peppered with fascinating facts and well-chosen anecdotes, Amy Stewart’s brisk tour of the origin of spirits acquaints the curious cocktail fan with every conceivable ingredient. Starting with the classics (from agave to wheat), she touches on obscure sources--including a tree ... Read more

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