Many Librarians AgreeÖBest Books of 2009
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Fiction
Airth, Rennie The Dead of Winter
Atwood, Margaret Year of the Flood
Balogh, Mary Seducing an Angel
Berg, Elizabeth Home Safe
Berwin, Margot Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire
Bohjalian, Chris Skeletons of the Feast
Bolton, S. J. Awakening
Box, C. J. Below Zero
Bradley, Alan Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Brennert, Alan Honolulu
Brooks, Geraldine People of the Book
Byatt, A. S. The Children's Book
Cain, Chelsea Evil at Heart
Campbell, Bonnie Jo American Salvage: Stories
Cleave, Chris Little Bee
Currie Jr., Ron Everything Matters!
Dunn, Sarah Secrets of Happiness
Flynn, Gillian Dark Places
Ford, Jamie Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Gardner, Lisa The Neighbor
Haywood, Smith Ladies of the Lake
Heller, Zoe The Believers
Hoffman, Alice The Story Sisters
Hornby, Nick Juliet, Naked
Humphries, Helen Coventry
Huston, Charlie The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
Jensen, Liz The Rapture
Kallos, Stephanie Sing Them Home
Kasischke, Laura In a Perfect World
Laken, Valerie Dream House
Lansdale, Joe R. Vanilla Ride
Larsen, Reif The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Leigh, Julia Disquiet
Lipman, Elinor Family Man
Malloy, Mary Wandering Heart
Martin, Clancy How to Sell
McCall Smith, Alexander Laís Orchestra Saves the World
McInerney, Jay How It Ended: New and Collected Stories
Moerk, Christian Darling Jim
Moriarty, Laura While Iím Falling
Muller, Marcia Locked In
OíNeal, Barbara The Lost Recipe for Happiness
Parkin, Gaile Baking Cakes in Kigali
Patterson, James Alex Cross's Trial
Pears, Iain Stone's Fall
Pratchett, Terry Unseen Academicals
Rahka, Naseem The Crying Tree
Robbins, David Broken Jewel
Roberts, Nora Vision in White
Roberts, Nora Bed of Roses
Russo, Richard That Old Cape Magic
Shaffer, Mary Ann Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shamsie, Kamila Burnt Shadows
Shortridge, Jennie When She Flew
Smith, Tom Rob Child 44
Stockett, Kathryn The Help
Trigiani, Adriana Very Valentine


Mystery
Barr, Nevada 13 1/2
Bruen, Ken Once Were Cops
Cantrell, Rebecca A Trace of Smoke
Connelly, Michael The Scarecrow
Connelly, Michael Nine Dragons
Dolan, Harry Bad Things Happen
Fowler, Christopher Bryant and May on the Loose
Grafton, Sue U is for Undertow
Hall, Tarquin Case of the Missing Servant
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia Fell Purpose
Hornsby, Wendy In the Guise of Mercy
Kane, Cornelius Unscratchables
Larsson, Stieg The Girl Who Played with Fire
McCall Smith, Alexander Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
O'Connell, Carol Bone by Bone
Penny, Louise The Brutal Telling
Perry, Anne Execution Dock
Perry, Anne A Christmas Promise
Raybourn, Deanna Silent on the Moor
Robotham, Michael Shatter
Winspear, Jacquelyne Among the Mad


Science Fiction
Baker, Kage Empress of Mars
Bujold, Lois McMaster The Sharing Knife
Butcher, Jim Turncoat
Durham, David Anthony Acacia
Jones, Jaida Shadow Magic
Scholes, Ken Lamentations


Paperback
Ashely, Jennifer The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Balogh, Mary First Comes Marriage
Balogh, Mary Then Comes Seduction
Balogh, Mary At Last Comes Love
Putney, Mary Jo Loving a Lost Lord


Nonfiction
296 Albom, Mitch Have a Little Faith
297.804 Hazleton, Lesley After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
302.23 Hedges, Chris Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
338.7 Mezrich, Ben Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook
373.788 Cullen, David Columbine
394.12 Kurlansky, Mark The Food of a Younger Land
499.99 Okrent, Arika In the Land of Invented Languages
520 Plait, Philip Death from the Skies!: These are the Ways the World Will End
599.757 Bourke, Anthony A Lion Called Christian
636.809 Cooper, Gwen Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned
about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
641.865 Chattman, Lauren Cake Keeper Cakes
709.05 Thornton, Sarah Seven Days in the Art World
796.42 McDougall, Christopher Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest
Race the World has Never Seen
811.54 McGrath, Campbell Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
813.087 Penzler, Otto The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside
Story of Their Greatest Detectives
814.54 Jacobs, A. J. Guinea Pig Diaries
918.11 Grann, David Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
940.531 Edsel, Robert M. Monuments Men
976.335 Eggers, Dave Zeitoun
Biography Agassi, Andre Open
Biography Friedman Against Medical Advice (Author James Patterson)
LP Biography Gulley, Phillip I Love You, Miss Huddleston
Biography Karz, Zippora Sugarless Plum : A Ballarina's Triumph over Diabetes
Biography Kennedy, Ted True Compass
Biography Kidder, Tracy Strength in What Remains
Biography Krakauer, Jon Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Biography Lobdell, William Losing My Religion
Biography Reisen, Harriet Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Biography Sayrafiezadeh, Said When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood
Biography Uhlberg, Myron Hands of My Father



Award Winning and Notable Books of Year 2009

Booker Prize
Mantel, Hilary  Wolf Hall 

National Book Award
Fiction Winner McCann, Colum Let the Great World Spin
Fiction Finalists Campbell, Bonnie Jo
Mueenuddin, Daniyal
Phillips, Jayne Anne
Theroux, Marcel
American Salvage
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Lark and Termite
Far North
Nonfiction Winner Biography Stiles, T J The First Tycoon:
The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Nonfiction Finalists  307.768 Grandin, Greg  Fordlandia 

Nobel Prize
Herta Műller (German Author)

PEN Faulkner Award
Winner  OíNeill, Joseph  Netherland 
Finalists  Bynum, Sarah Shun-Lien
Choi, Susan
Price, Richard
Rash, Ron 
Ms. Hempel
A Person of Interest
Lush Life
Serena

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Strout, Elizabeth  Olive Kitteridge 

Mysteries and Thrillers Awards

Agatha Awards
Best Novel  Penny, Louis  The Cruelest Month 
Nonfiction  Emerson, Kathy Lynn  How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries 

Dilys Award
Chercover, Sean  Trigger City 

Shamus Awards
Coleman, Reed Farrel  Empty Ever After 

Romance Fiction Awards

RITA Awards
Bourne, Joanna My Lord and Spymaster 
Childs, Tera Lynn Oh My Gods
Cready, Gwyn Seducing Mr. Darcy
Creighton, Kathleen Danger Signals
Gerard, Cindy Take No Prisoners
Gibson, Rachel Not Another Bad Date
It Happened One Night (author Stephanie Laurens)
Roberts, Nora Tribune
Rosenthal, Pam The Edge of Impropriety
Templeton, Karen A Motherís Wish

Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards

Hugo Award
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book 

John W Campbell Award
Doctorow, Cory Little Brother


Notable Books

New York Times Notable Fiction
Ackroyd, Peter The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
Atwood, Margaret The Year of the Flood
Auster, Paul Invisible
Baker, Nicholson The Anthologist
Chaon, Dan Await Your reply
Cumming, Charles Typhoon
Fallada, Hans Every Man Dies Alone
Gaitskill, Mary Donít Cry: Stories
Hemon, Aleksandar Love and Obstacles: Stories
Ishiguro, Kazuo Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
Kingsolver, Barbara The Lacuna
Leithauser, Brad The Art Studentís War
Lethem, Jonathan Chronic City
Lively, Penelope Family Album
Mantel, Hilary Wolf Hall
Martin, Valerie The Confessions of Edward Day
McCann, Colum Let the Great World Spin
McInerney, Jay How It Ended: New and Collected Stories
Meloy, Maile Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
Meyer, Philipp American Rust
Moore, Lorrie A Gate at the Stairs
Mueenuddin, Daniyal In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Munro, Alice Too Much Happiness
Nelson, Antonya Nothing Right: Short Stories
Pamuk, Orhan The Museum of Innocence
Phillips, Arthur The Song Is You
Phillips, Jayne Anne Lark and Termite
Powers, Richard Generosity: An Enhancement
Scott, Joanna Follow Me
Tower, Wells Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Trevor, William Love and Summer
Updike, John My Fatherís Tears: And Other Stories
Walbert, Kate A Short History of Women
Walls, Jeannette Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Waters, Sarah The Little Stranger
Whitehead, Colson Sag Harbor

Entertainment Weekly Books of the Year


Fiction
Chaon, Dan Await Your Reply
Huneven, Michelle Blame
Kallos, Stephanie Sing Them Home
McCann, Colum Let the Great World Spin
Mueenuddin, Daniyal In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Munro, Alice Too Much Happiness
Sheck, Laurie A Monsterís Notes
Stockett, Kathryn The Help
Tropper, Jonathan This Is Where I Leave You

Nonfiction
373.788 Cullen, Dave Columbine
810.9 A New Literary History of America
918.11 Grann, David The Lost City
973.911 Egan, Timothy The Big Burn
976.335 Eggers, Dave Zeitoun
Biography Agassi, Andre Open
Biography Bailey, Blake Cheever
Biography Karr, Mary Lit

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