Omni Yearly News: 2006

In the News: Politics and current events remained at the forefront of the books world with several titles leading the way: The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright's definitive account of Al Qaida's path to 9/11; Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks's influentially damning history of the first three years of the war in Iraq; and The Audacity of Hope, a political manifesto from a certain young senator from Illinois, whose 1995 memoir would go on to be one of the bestselling political books of the decade.

Rattling the Food Chain: Michael Pollan presented his own "eater's manifesto" with The Omnivore's Dilemma, where he traced four meals back to their mostly industrial sources, influencing a nation of eaters and sparking countless hours of debate about how we source the food we eat.

A Literary Discovery: The 60-year-old novel Suite Française, uncovered among the possessions of Irene Nemirovsky, a mostly forgotten writer who was killed in Auschwitz, went on to win the hearts of readers around the world (and was our No. 1 Editors' Pick for 2006).

Culinary Hooligan: In Heat, one of my personal favorites from 2006, former Granta and New Yorker editor Bill Buford went behind the line to learn how to properly make pasta, butcher a pig, and take a royal hazing from Mario Batali.

Great Debuts of 2006:The Places in Between, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, The Thirteenth Tale

Top Five 2006 Amazon Editors' Picks: Suite Française, The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Thirteenth Tale, Sharp Objects, The Emperor's Children.

Top Five 2006 Amazon Bestsellers: The Audacity of Hope, Cesar's Way, State of Denial: Bush at War, Book III, The Innocent Man, For One More Day.

In Memoriam: Among the authors who passed away in 2006: William Styron, Muriel Spark, Mickey Spillane, Octavia Butler, Bebe Moore Campbell.

--BTP


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