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When you’re searching for a book to read, sometimes you know what you want. Maybe it’s a shocking memoir or an eye-opening work of historical fiction. Sometimes, you don’t know what you want — all you know is you want it to be great.
If you’re currently waiting to stumble upon your next great read, you’re in luck. Amazon just released its list of the 10 best books of 2018. From a plot-twisting thriller to a socially relevant fantasy, this list crosses all genres — including a top children’s book pick and a spotlight pick that Amazon’s editors have been loving all year, „Educated“ by Tara Westover.
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1. „Educated“ by Tara Westover
Tara Westover didn’t see the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen, and it was an experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her life. This extraordinary memoir chronicles how she survived her survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. Rather than a story about the making of a scholar, Educated is about the making of a person.
2. „Washington Black“ by Esi Edugyan
When an 11-year-old slave named Wash is picked to serve his master’s brother, he is terrified to leave the Barbados plantation where he lives. But what follows is adventure and scientific exploration on a par with the novels of Jules Verne. Esi Edugyan’s superb writing and inventive story telling drive this thoughtful, entertaining page-turner.
3. „Indianapolis“ by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
While readers will be riveted by the four days the Indianapolis crew spent adrift in the shark-infested Pacific, the rest of the Indianapolis’s story is equally as tense. Vincent and Vladic include not only the expected tales of heroism under duress but the just-as-human stories of willpower bending and sanity breaking. This is history writing at its finest: shining a spotlight on a wartime tragedy that still echoes within the survivors and the Navy today.
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