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January 9, 2013

The 2013 Andys

Before we get to the winners of the 2013 Andys (gotta build a little suspense), let me offer an overview of what I read this year. Of the twenty-four books listed, five were fiction, two were business books, six were audio books and eight were narrative non-fiction.

Anything new in my reading habits this year? Yes, a couple things. The list included the first ebook I read on my Kindle given to me last Christmas. And there were two self-published books in the list. Both suggest I am part of key trends--and I do love to be trendy.

But now, to the winners, with my own incisive and hyper-witty Synop-Tweet (a tweet-sized synopsis) of each:

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SuperFreakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Synop-Tweet: From how to stop a hurricane to the truth about child car seats to how to catch a terrorist--thoughtful, provocative and just fun.

Best Book About Journalism
The Man Time Forgot, Isaiah Wilner

Synop-Tweet: Henry Luce did not create Time magazine but suppressed the memory of the genius who did. A fine piece of investigative journalism itself.

Best Multiple-Storyline Book
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Synop-Tweet: Skillfully interweaves four storylines in an amazing true tale of science, family, race and a writer's obsession.

Oldest Book Read
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

Synop-Tweet: What great fun! It's easy to see why Sherlock is enjoying such a revival with two recent TV series and a movie franchise.

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Most Blogged About on Andy Unedited
I Is an Other, James Geary

Synop-Tweet: The secret life of metaphors--where they come from, where they are going and why they rule the world.

Most Honest Book
Life, on the Line, Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

Synop-Tweet: Achatz shows himself as the stereotypical perfectionistic chef with unflinching candor. Yet his partner/ coauthor wins "Human of the Year."

Best Parenting Book
The Connected Child, Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Synop-Tweet: While this is how to parent adopted children from traumatic backgrounds, it shows how any parent can stay in charge while saying yes.

Best IVP Book
Obviously a trick category. Would a mother say which child she loved best?

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