Best Books of 2012
2012 Book of the Year
From an essay by A. J. Jacobs exclusively for Hudson:
"Am I happy that Hudson Books has chosen Drop Dead Healthy as its Book of the Year? Absolutely, without a doubt. And what’s more, I feel healthier.
Consider this: A University of Toronto study found that actors who win Oscars live almost four years longer than their non-Oscar-winning friends.
Scientists have yet to study the average lifespan of Hudson-Book-of-the-Year authors. But I’m ready to be a guinea pig. Who knows? Maybe four additional years of life is too much to ask for, but I’m hoping the Hudson bump gives me at least a few more weeks on this earth.
I’m especially honored because I’m such a Hudson Books fan. I’ve spent many hours browsing the aisles of this wonderful bookstore. No doubt it’s the best part of the airport experience, right up there with scoring the last available electrical outlet in LaGuardia’s Concourse C."
Read A.J. Jacobs' complete essay here.
On it's face, the story is intriguing. Told in non-chronological episodes it chronicles the training and deployment, and war's aftermath of two young soldiers who become quick friends. Beyond the plot lines, though, Powers has created a powerful story that reflects on things much larger than the experience of just one or two soldiers. That all being said, I would recommend reading this book based on the sheer quality of the writing even if what I've already said doesn't grab your attention. Striking images abound. Powers has an undeniably poetic touch. – Kevin, Denver, CO
It was with a certain sense of nostalgia that I came to Rushdie’s new book, Joseph Anton; his account of his years spent living under the shadow of the fatwa. You don’t have to be a Rushdie fan to enjoy this book. Aside from being a straight forward autobiography and compelling account of his dark decade the book serves also as a bracing defense of free speech, and a case study of the recent history of militant Islam and the ever volatile Middle East. And given the fame and life style of the author we find aspects of the ‘tell-all’. The book is rife with celebrity gossip and name dropping. Some people go for this, me not so much but the book possesses so much else of merit that I am willing to overlook this occasional shortcoming. Much has been made of Rushdie’s decision to tell his story in the third person and for good reason. The strategy allows him sufficient authorial distance from the subject while also granting him access to the novelistic tool box. He takes full advantage. The book is fascinating, granting an inside view of the process of being taken into government protection while also providing a sense of historical and biographical scope and establishing context over the whole. – Matt, Los Angeles, CA
Best Business Interest
You don't have to be an introvert to read this book. Of course, there is a lot of helpful information for introverts. But there is insight for everyone into the Extrovert Ideal and its effect on both business and personal success. - Kara, Nashville, TN
Best Young Readers