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10 best books of 2012, according to Amazon's editors

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2. 'The Yellow Birds,' by Kevin Powers

“We’re seeing a wave of literature about the wars,” Nelson says of "Yellow Birds." This particular novel is what she calls a “poetic novel about two soldiers during the war.” The poetry of Powers writing can be seen, she says, in the way that "each word is carefully chosen," adding that "the book is not about the politics of war, it’s about two guys, about their relationship. It doesn’t attempt to be this giant book about war. This is not that. It’s more in the vein of 'The Things They Carried,' or 'Dispatches.'” (Check out the Monitor's review here.)

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