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Need holiday gift ideas? Amazon unveils its Best Books of 2010

Amazon.com is more than willing to help shoppers out, unveiling its picks for Best Books of 2010. This annual feature includes the Editors’ Picks for the Top 100 Books of the Year, the Top 100 Customer Favorites and Top 10 lists in nearly two dozen categories, from Literature & Fiction to Children’s Picture Books. To see all of our Best Books of 2010, or to download one of the picks to your Kindle, go to www.amazon.com/bestbooks2010.

“Whether it was Jonathan Franzen’s reunion with Oprah or the eagerly anticipated final books in blockbuster trilogies, 2010 had everyone talking about reading,” said Daphne Durham, Managing Editor of Books at Amazon.com. “Deciding on our Top 100 Books is always a tough assignment, but our choice for the Best Book of the Year, Rebecca Skloot’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,’ was unanimous.”

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Here’s a look at our favorite reads from Amazon’s Top editors’ picks for the year:

1. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot: From a single, short life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations of modern science possible.

2. “Faithful Place: A Novel” by Tana French: In this compelling and cutting mystery, Frank Mackey returns home to investigate the cold case of his teenage sweetheart.

3. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand: Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete as a teenager, an airman in World War II, an ocean crash survivor and a prisoner of war before returning home for another half-century of life.

4. “Freedom: A Novel” by Jonathan Franzen: Franzen’s first novel since “The Corrections,” and just as awesome, this is a wrenching and funny portrait of a Midwestern family.

5. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson: The final in a trilogy, the author has saved the best for last. The plot is filled with an explosive storyline the reveals much and makes this game-changing suspense series bittersweet.