December 1, 2010
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NPR BOOKS SELECTS BEST OF 2010

THEMED "BEST OF" LISTS OFFER TOP READS FOR ALL TASTES,
NPR HOSTS & REPORTERS SHARE PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS IN "MY FAVORITE BOOK"

Before the last page turns on the final chapter of this year, NPR Books recognizes the reads that will have people turning pages well into the next with its "Best Books of 2010" coverage. Bibliophiles can discover NPR critics' and contributors' favorite 2010 literary selections in themed "best of" lists from now until the end of the year at www.npr.org/bestbooks

"The Best Books of 2010" offers a range: from selections that get the heart racing to ones that keep it healthy. Recommendations include children's author Gayle Forman picking "The Year's Best Teen Reads," NPR book critic John McAlley wrapping up "The 10 Best Gift Books," Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan uncovering "The Best Crime and Mystery Novels of 2010," food writer T. Susan Chang dishing "2010's Best Cookbooks," and NPR books correspondent Lynn Neary sharing "The Best Books for Book Clubs" – along with many other lists from authors such as Danielle Evans and Gary Shteyngart, and NPR favorites Nancy Pearl and Susan Stamberg.

New for 2010, NPR Books introduces "My Favorite Book," in which reporters and hosts share personal thoughts on a treasured reads, and why others should pick them up. Among the essays are "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes on Ross Bernstein's The Baseball Codes; Tell Me More host Michel Martin on Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Sun; arts critic Bob Mondello on Stephen Soundheim’s Finishing the Hat; and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha.

NPR Books – NPR.org/books – has a monthly audience of more than a million people and is specifically designed to help a busy audience find great reads. NPR Books combines the best of NPR's radio interviews and news with original Web reviews, commentaries and bestseller lists. It includes popular recurring series, such as "What We're Reading," which features NPR staff picks of new titles with candid comments from our reporters, hosts and critics; “Books We Like,” in which well-known authors share passionate recommendations; and "My Guilty Pleasure," revealing books notable writers love but are embarrassed to be seen reading.