Amazon just released their list of the Best Books of 2010.
That is, the Best of 2010…So Far.
Many on the Editor’s Top Ten list are already familiar titles (The Passage leads the pack), but there are some unexpected picks. The one with the lowest Amazon sale ranking is Country Driving, which is described by the editors this way,
Peter Hessler has observed the past 15 years of change in China with the patience and perspective–and necessary good humor–of an outsider who expects to be there for a while. He takes to the roads, as so many Chinese are doing now for the first time, driving on dirt tracks to the desert edges of the ancient empire and on brand-new highways to the mushrooming factory towns of the globalized boom. He’s an utterly enjoyable guide, with a humane and empathetic eye for the ambitions, the failures, and the comedy of a country in which everybody, it seems, is on the move.