Books We Are Talking About

Chris Schluep on May 03, 2019

As the days grow warmer and the sun's reemergence becomes a legitimate possibility, the Amazon editors find themselves in the midst of an exciting time of year. Currently, we are wrapping up our Best of the Year So Far discussions/arguments, and Summer Reading is on the horizon. There is so much good stuff coming out, both now and in the near future, that we are all focused on reading as much as we can right now. Here are some of the books, already published, that we have been talking about this week.

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb - One of our Best Books of April was Lori Gottlieb's Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, a book that has stayed on the Amazon top 100 in print since its publication. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek was our biggest champion of the book, and every time I see it on a best seller list, I realize just how right Erin was. Here's an edited-down version of her review of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

"I didn’t quite know how to take it when a publishing friend excitedly thrust a copy of celebrated psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone into my hands and exclaimed: “Erin, this is a book for you!” (Did I mention a couple colleagues were present and did not receive the same recommendation? The same colleagues who were just then nodding?). But I’m so glad he did. Giving the reader a behind-the-scenes peek from both sides of the couch, it’s a witty, relatable, moving homage to therapy—and just being human.... So, for those of you thinking: self-help books are just not my jam…They aren’t mine either (trust me, my woo-woo detector is very sensitive). But Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is so much more expansive than that. Everybody, this is a book for you. --Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review"

You can see an interview between Erin and Lori Gottlieb here

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Milk Street: Tuesday Nights: More than 200 Simple Weeknight Suppers that Deliver Bold Flavor, Fast by Christopher Kimball - Last year the Amazon editors had lunch with Christopher Kimball of Milk Street. He was in town to to promote his latest cookbook Milk Street Tuesday Nights, which is a book designed to deliver "big, bold flavors, but the cooking is quick and easy--simple enough for the middle of the week."

Well, this week Tuesday Nights won the coveted James Beard Award in the "general" category. Seira Wilson wrote about all of the James Beard Award-winners here.

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The Eighth Sister Robert Dugoni - Thriller writer Robert Dugoni is getting a lot of attention for his latest novel. Here's part of Jeff Ayers' Associated Press review: "Robert Dugoni has crafted a thriller with 'The Eighth Sister' that echoes the best of classic Russian literature with a hint of John LeCarré added to the mix. When the storyline veers into predictability, the narrative takes a drastic turn and becomes a legal drama that will remind readers of Scott Turow’s best. This novel is destined to be a classic in the genre, and Dugoni is arguably one of the best writers in the field right now."

The Eighth Sister is currently #5 on Charts Most Sold Fiction

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - OK, everyone has been talking about this book, and we've been talking about it, too--but I bring it up because Delia Owens was in town recently. We met at the Amazon campus to do a podcast together, then did a little tour of Amazon. Since I had the pleasure of meeting her, I can report back that Delia Owens is as wonderful and gracious as you would hope. Really, it was an absolute pleasure--she deserves every fan that she has. 

Tune into the podcast in the coming weeks to hear my talk with Delia Owens. 

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin - Speaking of podcasts, Adrian Liang talked to George R.R. Martin last month before the premiere of Game of Thrones. You can read it here or listen to it here.

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