Ten Best Books of 2011 (So Far)

Midway into the year, Amazon gets a jump on best books lists, by issuing their  Top Ten Editors Picks, plus top tens in a dozen specific categories.

The main list is already affecting sales. The number one pick, Lost in Shangri-La, Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper, 4/26) rose to #20 (from #40 the day before; following a boost from the author’s appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week). We held a special GalleyChat about the book back in February.

The second selection, and the first fiction title on the list, Tea Obreht’s award-winning Tiger’s Wife, (Random, 3/8) received just a slight boost — it’s currently at #163 in sales rankings (back in March, it was in the top ten).

The most recent title on the list is the debut psychological thriller, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (Harper, 6/14), at #8 (and #34 in sales).

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