10 best books of February 2017, according to Amazon's editors

The picks this month from the editors at Amazon include everything from how companies such as Airbnb and Uber changed the world to a novel about multiple generations of a family from Korea. Here's the full list, with thoughts from Amazon senior editor Chris Schluep.

1. '4 3 2 1,' by Paul Auster

The new novel by "The Book of Illusions" writer Auster tells the story of Archibald Ferguson, who was born in New York in 1947, and the multiple directions his life could have taken. Certain aspects, like an acquaintance with a woman named Amy Schneiderman, are the same but differ in small ways. "I thought this novel was really interesting...," Schluep says. "I started thinking about choices I made."

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