Amazon's Best-Selling Books of 2013, and What They Tell Us About America

The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Dec. 24 2013 4:02 PM

Amazon's Best-Selling Books of 2013, and What They Tell Us About America

1. We’re very confident that we’re good at a lot of things. We’re just not quite sure what they are.

Tom Rath: Strengths Finder

2. We treat women so unequally in the workplace that they’re starting to form support groups.

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3. We have wimpy kids.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

4. We like history, as long as long as it deifies our forefathers and justifies American exceptionalism.

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5. We’re desperate for guidance from Jesus, even if it’s just an author named Sarah Young pretending to be Jesus.

Sarah Young: Jesus Calling

6. We prefer Dan Brown's Inferno to Dante’s Inferno.

Dan Brown: Inferno

7. We really miss Harry Potter.

Rick Riordan: House of Hades

8. We’ll tolerate the occasional work of actual literature as long as it’s super-short and there’s a movie.

Great Gatsby book

9. We still like to be told what matters by very serious old white men in blazers.

Krauthammer: Things That Matter

10. We like science, as long as it proves that heaven is real.

Proof of Heaven

11. We’re pretty sure Jesus was a Tea Partier.

Bill O'Reilly: Killing Jesus

12. We strongly suspect that something’s wrong with us. We’re just not quite sure what it is.

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