10 best books of 2012, according to Amazon's editors

The staff of book giant Amazon selected their picks for the 10 best titles of 2012. Here's the full list.

8. 'The Middlesteins,' by Jami Attenberg


Jami Attenberg's comic, poignant novel about a family thrust into crisis by the mother's food obsession "starts off seeming like a funny book," says Nelson. "But it is a much deeper book than it first seems." Attenberg follow this suburban Jewish Chicago family through the demise of a marriage and ultimately, says Nelson, it becomes a book about people finding themselves. "I felt  like I know these people," says Nelson. "Maybe I am these people." She predicts that "The Middlesteins" will be the "sleeper hit of the season." (Check out the Monitor's review here.)

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