11 best books of December, according to Amazon's editors

Looking for a holiday read for yourself or a gift for a voracious reader? These are the best new titles this month, hand-picked by Amazon's editors. Amazon’s editorial director of books and Kindle Sara Nelson tells us why they were chosen.

2. 'The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah,"' by Alan Light


“Who would write a biography of a song?” asks Nelson. Alan Light, it turns out, and masterfully so. “Hallelujah” is just that – a biography of one of the most performed rock songs in history, from the hundreds of artists who’ve performed it every year at “countless events both sacred and secular” to the song’s unlikely origins. “It captures the essence of a song and of the culture it was reflecting,” says Nelson. “It’s just so well done.”

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