FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Free Samples of The Washington Post’s Top 10 Books of the Year

Screen-Shot-2013-08-05-at-9.39.08-PMThe Washington Post has released its “Top 10 books of the year” list. The list includes five works of nonfiction and five works of fiction.

Here is more from The Post about how they chose the books that they chose:

At Book World, we poll our regular reviewers about the books they enjoyed during the year, and then the editors weigh and consider, count and recount. We’re not worried so much about making the perfect choices (those don’t exist). We just want to make sure our choices provide a rich investment for your time.

We’ve collected free samples of all the books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump.


1. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

2. DRINK: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston

3. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

4. THE GUNS AT LAST NIGHT: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 by Rick Atkinson

5. Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel


1. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

2. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

3. How The Lights Get In by Louise Penny

4. The Son by Philipp Meyer

5. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Mediabistro Course

Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!