Editors' Picks: Dangerous Boys and Daring Girls
The bestselling book in the UK in 2006 became an American phenomenon of nearly equal proportions in 2007 when Conn and Hal Iggulden adapted The Dangerous Book for Boys
for the land of stickball and the Alamo. The top choice on our editors' top 10s in Parenting & Families
, the Dangerous Book
is joined on both lists by its companion follow-up, The Daring Book for Girls
Editors' Picks: What If We Weren't?
One of the surprise hits of the year was The World Without Us
, an ingenious thought experiment by science reporter Alan Weisman that looked at the human impact on the Earth by imagining what would happen if we suddenly disappeared. The top choice on our editors' Outdoors & Nature
top 10, it could have easily led our Science
and Current Events
lists (and heck, Science Fiction & Fantasy
too) if we hadn't wanted to spread the wealth a little.
Best Books of the Aughts
Dig deep in our archives to see our choices and yours for the best books of the last seven years:
Customers' Favorites: Top 100 Bestsellers of 2007
With July 21, 2007, becoming an impromptu national holiday for readers from 7 to 77, we didn't need to consult our sales figures to know that our customers' most popular book of the year was J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
, the final episode of a publishing phenomenon the likes of which we may never see again. Our rankings of the year's top 100 bestsellers
on Amazon.com (through October) feature a remarkably varied group of contenders, including guides to deceiving
your children, a scathingly witty manifesto for atheism
, and a tale for teens of vampires loose in Seattle
. It continues after Harry Potter
with these runners-up, who must have an idea how the horses behind Secretariat felt:
›See all Top 100 Customers' Favorites
What's Your Favorite?
This year, cast a ballot for your own favorites. Look for the voting box on the right side of each Customer Favorites' list and make your own pick among the topselling books of the year.
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Customers' Favorites: Long Gone, and Back
Our customers' favorite memoir
was our top editors' pick
too: Ishmael Beah's
clear-eyed account of his brutal youth as a child soldier in the civil wars of Sierra Leone, A Long Way Gone
, written from a position of almost impossible rehabilitation and achievement as an Oberlin-educated advocate for his fellow former soldiers.
Customers' Favorites: Hooray for Puree
Helped by a big boost from Oprah, Jessica Seinfeld's practical guide to disguising good nutrition in the foods kids love, Deceptively Delicious
, became our biggest book of the fall, finishing high on our customers' favorites lists in Cooking, Food & Wine
and Parenting & Families
, followed closely by Missy Chase Lapine's The Sneaky Chef
as customers debated the two books in our reviews section.
Best Books on the Kindle
With more than 190,000 books available for immediate download to the new Amazon Kindle
, it's not surprising that many--well over half, in fact--of the best books of 2007 can be ordered on your Kindle. See our lists of the Kindle-ready editors' picks
and customers' favorites