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Published on February 11th, 2014


Why Should Amazon Tell Us What Books Are “Best”?

Check out this great response on by poet and fiction writer Jay Parini, in regards to Amazon’s recent “100 Best Books” list.

Books to read before you die By Jay Parini

It brings up a good question: Is the best source for book recommendations?  Wouldn’t a better choice for literary advice be the chair of your dissertation committee, or writers you admire, or the cute barista at Starbucks?

I mean, Amazon sells toilet paper and groceries.

 Leaving your book recommendations to is like leaving your CD choices to the available selection at the Wal-Mart in Marshall, MN.


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