Hudson Booksellers Announces the Best Books of 2007

Oct 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Hudson Booksellers

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Hudson Booksellers, a
 brand unit of travel retailer Hudson Group, has announced its list of the
 Best Books published in 2007. Hudson operates 66 full-service bookstores
 and sells books in over 400 Hudson News newsstands in airports and
 transportation terminals throughout North America. Hudson's book sales were
 close to $100 million last year.
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     This year's selection includes the 10 Best Fiction, 10 Best Nonfiction,
 5 Best Children's, and 5 Best Business books, in the estimation of a panel
 consisting of the company's bookselling professionals as well as Airport
 General Managers. Books were chosen for their innovation, readability,
 thematic impact, popular appeal and cultural relevance. 1000 Splendid Suns
 by Khaled Hosseini was chosen as Book of the Year.
     "Travelers are generally in a hurry, so we have to prioritize and find
 creative ways of communicating our enthusiasm for various titles," said
 Sara Hinckley, vice president, Book Buying & Promotions. "We think
 celebrating our favorite books of the year makes a strong statement. Our
 goal is to help customers connect to great reads quickly, especially during
 the hectic holiday travel season. The lists will be prominently displayed
 in all Hudson Booksellers and large Hudson News stores, starting December
     The books are listed alphabetically by author:
     Best Fiction: Away - Amy Bloom, The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolano,
 The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon, Falling Man - Don DeLillo,
 The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz, 1000 Splendid Suns -
 Khaled Hosseini, A Free Life - Ha Jin, Tree of Smoke - Denis Johnson, After
 Dark - Haruki Murakami, The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney.
     Best Nonfiction: The Day of Battle - Rick Atkinson, A Long Way Gone -
 Ishmael Beah, Boom - Tom Brokaw, I Am America - Stephen Colbert, American
 Creation - Joseph Ellis, The Assault on Reason - Al Gore, God is Not Great
 - Christopher Hitchens, Einstein - Walter Isaacson, Animal, Vegetable,
 Mineral - Barbara Kingsolver, The World Without Us - Alan Weisman.
     Best Children's: The Dangerous Book for Boys - Conn Iggulden, Mahalia
 Mouse Goes to College - John Lithgow, Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer, Harry
 Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling, The Invention of Hugo Cabret
 - Brian Selznick.
     Best Business: Five Minds for the Future - Howard Gardner, Microtrends
 - Mark Penn, The No Asshole Rule - Robb Sutton, The Black Swan - Nasim
 Nicholas Taleb, Wikinomics - Don Tapscott.
     This year, Hudson highlighted some additional bookseller favorites,
 called "Books We Love." Noted Hinckley: "We can't necessarily justify their
 selection as the best literary titles (though some landed just below the
 top 10), but they are good reads, which makes them fun and easy to sell. We
 just want these books to succeed."
     Books We Love: Sin in the Second City - Karen Abbott, Christine Falls -
 Benjamin Black, Boomsday - Christopher Buckley, An Arsonist's Guide to
 Writers' Homes in New England - Brock Clarke, Loving Frank - Nancy Horan,
 The God of Animals - Aryn Kyle, Born Standing Up - Steve Martin, Rigged -
 Ben Mezrich, You Suck - Christopher Moore, Rant - Chuck Palahniuk, Run -
 Ann Patchett, Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips, Nineteen Minutes - Jodi
 Picoult, The Women Who Raised Me - Victoria Rowell, Three Bags Full -
 Leonie Swann, The Children of Hurin - J. R. R. Tolkien.
     "We also added a 'Newsworthy/Noteworthy' category," continued Hinckley.
 "These are titles we just had to mention because of the cultural
 significance of their release. Some have been in the headlines (and been #1
 bestsellers). Others are new releases from modern masters. One (Ken
 Follett's book) is a sequel 20 years in the making. All of them generated
 tremendous excitement in the bookselling community during 2007."
     Newsworthy/Noteworthy: Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Giving - Bill
 Clinton, Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat, And Then We Came to the End
 - Joshua Ferris, World Without End - Ken Follett, The Age of Turbulence -
 Alan Greenspan, How Doctors Think - Jerome Groopman, The Coldest Winter -
 David Halberstam, On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan, Exit Ghost - Philip Roth,
 Bridge of Sighs - Richard Russo, Blackwater - Jeremy Scahill, The Devil
 Came on Horseback - Brian Steidle, At the Center of the Storm - George
 Tenet, Legacy of Ashes - Tim Weiner, The Great Upheaval - Jay Winik.
     About Hudson Group: Hudson Group is a privately held corporation that
 operates more than 500 newsstands, bookstores and premier specialty retail
 shops in 69 airports and transportation terminals throughout North America.
 The company's flagship concept, Hudson News, is North America's only
 national newsstand brand. The company's bookstore brand, Hudson
 Booksellers, is headquartered in Marietta, GA. Other specialty retail
 brands operated by Hudson include Kids Works, Euro Cafe, $10/$15 Boutique,
 Discover, Christmas In and Kitchen. National brands partnering with Hudson
 Group include CNN, Crabtree & Evelyn, Discovery Channel, Godiva
 Chocolatier, House of Blues, Life Is good, Quiznos, Radio Shack, Roots and
 Sunglass Hut.
     Contact:  Laura Samuels                  Sara Hinckley
               Dir., Corp. Communications     V.P., Book Buying & Promotions
               201-528-2402                   678-560-5960

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