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Amazon Releases ‘Best Books Of The Year So Far’ List

Mitchell Zuckoff’s World War II epic memoir Lost in Shangri-La is the best book of the year so far, according to Amazon.

Today the retailer published its annual Best Books of the Year So Far list, which highlights the “best books” released in 2011 between January and June. The list includes a number of different genres from memoir to thriller.

Tina Fey’s Bossypants, the comedienne’s hilarious memoir of how she climbed the ranks of amateur improv groups and madeit to Saturday Night Live, is No. 6 on the list. The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel by Arthur Phillips, a faux memoir conceived as an introduction to a long-lost Shakespeare play, is No. 5.

Follow this link to the complete list, and to see lists by genre. Is there anything missing from the list?

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Best Books of 2009, Airport Edition

hg_hudson_books_image_2.jpgA few writers received an unexpected bookstore boost today as they nabbed spots on Hudson Booksellers’ Best Books of the Year list. The list will earn these writers some coveted placement in the company’s bookstores, reaching the most captive readership in the whole world–the airport reader.

Hudson runs 65 full-service bookstores around North America, but sells books in over 350 Hudson News stands in airports and transportation hubs. This year the company sold $93 million worth of books. Here are the fiction winners, a list with only a single National Book Award nominee on it. The best nonfiction, business, and young adult books follow after the jump…

Best Fiction: “The Year of the Flood” by Margaret Atwood, “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave, “Spooner” by Pete Dexter, “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman, “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver, “Fool” by Christopher Moore, “The Song is You” by Arthur Phillips, “Lark & Termite” by Jayne Anne Phillips, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, and “Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

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John Wray’s Michiko Kakutani Tattoo

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Few literary critics inspire emotion like NY Times critic, Michiko Kakutani. Some worship her reviews, and others, (like Norman Mailer) wished they could change her mind. Last night, novelist John Wray took the cult of Kakutani to a new level–unveiling this magic marker tattoo.

As part of the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series, founder Amanda Stern requires all performers to take a risk. Joined on stage at Joe’s Pub by Wells Tower, Arthur Phillips, and the band, Vampire Weekend, Wray had some tough competition. Nevertheless, his full-back tattoo read “KAKUTANI 4 EVAH,” eliciting gasps, laughter, and cheers from the audience.

After the jump is an exclusive video of Wray’s performance and tattoo unveiling, complete with a Vampire Weekend chaser. Tune in later today for more music and footage from the event.

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Arthur Phillips Reads with Music

A standing room only crowd celebrated the release of Arthur Phillips‘ new novel, “The Song Is You” at the recently expanded Bookcourt store in Brooklyn.

GalleyCat captured the proceedings in this video. Musician Jonathan Spottiswoode joined the reading, playing quietly as Phillips read an excerpt about a soldier in love with Billie Holiday. If you want more literary tunes, Largehearted Boy has an interview about Phillips’ favorite music.

Here’s more from the author’s biography: “Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis in 1969 and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.”