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:
Most Fun and Fascinating
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
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
Synop-Tweet: Skillfully interweaves four storylines in an amazing true tale of science, family, race and a writer's obsession.
Oldest Book Read
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.
Synop-Tweet: The secret life of metaphors--where they come from, where they are going and why they rule the world.
Most Honest Book
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
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