- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Halfway into 2010, it’s time for a best-of list for books, including the latest blockbuster from Stieg Larsson.

The late Swedish author’s “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” is among the picks by the editors of Amazon.com for the top 10 releases from January through June.

Others include the Patti Smith memoir “Just Kids,” the Karl Marlantes Vietnam novel “Matterhorn” and the Michael Lewis economic crisis best-seller “The Big Short.”

Amazon.com managing editor of books Daphne Durham calls the list “very global,” with settings ranging from China to Baltimore.

The list was announced Wednesday. Also on it are Justin Cronin’s “The Passage,” Lisa Grunwald’s “The Irresistible Henry House,” Peter Hessler’s “Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory,” Tom Rachman’s “The Imperfectionists,” Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and Bradley Udall’s “The Lonely Polygamist.”

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