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In only a month, the first decade (the so-called Noughties) of the 21st century will draw to a close.

Thinking back over the past 10 years and trying to decide which of the books I read were best is no small feat, in part because much of it feels very long ago, and in part because for me, that comprises at least 250 books, maybe more.

Still, some stood out so much, and armed with those sure-things and an Internet full of memory-jogging research, myself and three other members of the AbeBooks' Marketing team have done our best to bring you our "Best of the Noughties", with acknowledgement of bias, personal preference, and an entirely arbitrary system of choice and rating. It's a varied list, from children's books, dark biographies and diet books to the whole range of fiction.

Enjoy - see you in 2010!

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Lullabies for Little Criminals
by Heather O'Neill

Four Stars Reviewed by Beth

A friend of mine finished this book, and immediately mailed it to me because she knew I would love it. The book introduced me to Baby (it's her real name) early on, when she is 11 years old and moving from crummy apartment..... Read the whole review

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Antiquarian Shop: 50% Sale

The Antiquarian Shop of Scottsdale, Arizona, is known for rare, collectible and antiquarian titles including private press editions, signed copies, maps, illustrated editions, hard-to-find history books, books about early exploration, 20th century first editions and older antiquarian gems. Check out their fantastic discount until December 7th.

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Fireproof Books and Books on Fire

The Fine Books Company of Rochester, Michigan, has bundled together the complete fireproof science fiction collection; limited first edition copies of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Stephen King's Firestarter, both bound in an asbestos material. Not even fireman Guy Montag himself could easily burn these babies (not that he would want to, having finally discovered the joy of reading...).

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Top 5 Most Expensive Cookbooks Ever Sold on Abebooks
  1. La Cuisiniere Bourgeoise
    Menon
  2. The Practice of Cookery Pastry and Confectionary
    Mrs. Frazer
  3. Modern Domestic Cookery and Useful Receipt Book
    Elizabeth Hammond
  4. Soyer's Cookery
    Alexis Soyer
  5. French Country Cooking
    Elizabeth David
Happy 150th Birthday, Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle of Life was first published 150 years ago on 24 November 1859 after more than 20 years of work. Charles Darwin's work has become the basis for modern evolutionary science and this book is simply one of the most influential publications in history.

Evolution of Origin of Species


Bookfever Sale

Bookfever have more than 20,000 books listed online, including 15,000 first editions and almost 4,000 books signed by the author or illustrator. Enjoy great savings on their entire inventory - plus free U.S. shipping, to boot - until December 31st.

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In honor of the 2009 Bad Sex Awards: Top 5 Bestselling Sex Manuals
  1. Intended for Pleasure: New Approaches to Sexual
    Ed & Gaye Wheat
  2. Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships
    David Schnarch
  3. She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring A Woman
    Ian Kerner
  4. The Tao of Sexology: The Book of Infinite Wisdom
    Stephen Thomas
  5. The Sexual Teachings of the White Tigress: Secrets of the Female Taoist Masters
    Hsi Lai
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