December 18, 2006
News & Opinion: Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2006
Kirkus Reviews publishes around 5,000 books reviews a year. You will sometimes see them as one of the reviews on Amazon. Libraries often use Kirkus reviews to select titles for their shelves.
Kirkus published a Best Books of 2006 report and starts by talking about how difficult it is to do best-of's:
Consider Mitch Albom: The literati line up to denounce his efforts as risible pabulumand yet nearly 700,000 readers have snapped up his latest, For One More Day, in just the three months since it was published, according to Nielsen BookScan. So, there you go: The pages you hold in your hands are guaranteed to be full of wrong information, according to somebody. To Kirkus, however, this is the selection of the titles weve felt strongest about throughout the year.
Of the 30 titles they highlight, there are only three that apply directly or indirectly to this audience:
- Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things by Robert Frenay (got alot of great press, the whole book is available online now)
- The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music by Dunstan Prial (this is for Jack, he talked about it earlier this year)
- Apex Hide The Hurt by Colson Whitehead (this a satirical tale of a nomenclature consultant hired to rename a town, it was a Fast Company pick)