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After curating titles released from January through June 2021, Amazon book editors have selected their picks for 2021's best books so far, including the top 20 within the science category. Two of the books, 'The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race' by Walter Isaacson, and 'Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It' by Ethan Kross, are among the editors' Top 10 picks among all genres and categories.
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Amazon announces picks for best science books of 2021 — so far

Amazon has announced its picks for 2021 Best Books of the Year So Far, including its top book within the science category, "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race".

  1. Earlier today, Amazon announced  its picks for 2021’s Best Books of the Year So Far, including those within the science category.

    Throughout the year, Amazon Books editors pore over thousands of pages to determine the Best Books of the Month, Best Books of the Year So Far, and Best Books of the Year, debating new releases across various categories.

    How Amazon Books editors made their selections

    In this interview, Amazon Books editor Al Woodworth explains how the Amazon Books editorial team makes its selections.

    After curating titles released from January through June 2021, Amazon editors selected options to read by the pool or listen to on summer road trips, or to help readers who seek to better understand diverse experiences and cultures.

    Here are the Top 20 picks of 2021 so far within the science category, as chosen by the Amazon Books editors.

  2. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
  3. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
  4. Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
  5. Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future
  6. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
  7. Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else
  8. The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred
  9. A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
  10. The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine
  11. Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear
  12. Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
  13. Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
  14. The Premonition
  15. The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything
  16. Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
  17. A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters
  18. Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer
  19. The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain
  20. Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters
  21. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
  22. For more coverage of the books featured on the Best Books of the Year So Far list, as well as insightful reviews on new books, author interviews, and hand-curated roundups in popular categories, visit the Amazon Book Review. You can also follow the Amazon Book editors’ recommendations and conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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