By Patricia Reaney
NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Author Donna Tartt's "TheGoldfinch," a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving inManhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc's list of 100 best books of 2013.
The list, released on Thursday, is compiled by editors atthe online retailer. The top choices include fiction andnon-fiction works, a collection of short stories, a young-adultnovel and an account of being held captive in Somalia.
"The Goldfinch" is Tartt's first book since "The LittleFriend" in 2002, which followed her 1992 debut novel "The SecretHistory."
"Our top choice, 'The Goldfinch,' is an emotionallytrenchant masterpiece and was hands down our team's favoritebook of the year," said Sara Nelson, editorial director of booksand Kindle at Amazon.
"And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, author of"The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," came insecond.
Amazon said the saga about a father in Kabul who gives hisdaughter to a wealthy man proved that lightening can strike nottwice but three times.
"As a sweeping epic, family tale, it was best in show,"Nelson said in an interview.
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"Thank You for Your Service," a non-fiction book aboutsoldiers returning home from war, by Pulitzer Prize-winningjournalist David Finkel, came in third.
"Finkel gets inside the families of these guys that havecome back after horrible, horrible experiences in Iraq andAfghanistan," said Nelson. "It is about their experience and howthey readjust to life at home, but a lot of it is seen throughthe eyes of the people around them, the wives and children."
Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life" and Tom Kizzia's"Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on theAlaska Frontier" completed the top five.
The annual list is chosen from monthly favorites and anyother noteworthy works. Amazon also compiled lists of 20favorite books in more than two dozen categories such asmystery/thriller, biography/history, literature/fiction,non-fiction, humor/entertainment, young readers/teens, cookbookand lifestyle.
Other books in the top 10 include George Saunders' "Tenth ofDecember." The No. 7 pick is a collection of short stories andis a fiction finalist for the 2013 National Book Awards, due tobe announced on Nov. 20.
"Eleanor & Park," a young adult novel by Rainbow Rowell,came in 10th, while an account of 460 days spent as a captive inSomalia, "A House in the Sky: a Memoir" by Amanda Lindhout, wasNo. 9.
"It was a great year (for books)," said Nelson.
The cookbook "Manresa: An Edible Reflection" was Amazon'sfavorite in the lifestyle category, and "Remodelista" was deemedthe best home improvement and design book.
Among children's books, "The Day the Crayons Quit" was namedthe favorite picture book, and "Counting by 7s" was the best for9-12 year olds.
The full list can be found at www.amazon.com/bestsellers2013
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