Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New York Times (NYT) Most Notable - 2009

The Book Review has made these selections from books reviewed since Dec. 7, 2008, when they published their previous Notables list. Read more about each book (including links to NYT reviews) on this page.

Fiction and Poetry:
  1. Amateur Barbarians, by ROBERT COHEN
  2. American Rust, By PHILIPP MEYER
  3. The Anthologist, By NICHOLSON BAKER
  4. The Art Student’s War, By BRAD LEITHAUSER
  5. Asterios Polyp, Written and illustrated by DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI
  6. Await Your Reply, By DAN CHAON
  7. Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, By MAILE MELOY
  8. The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, By PETER ACKROYD
  9. Chronic City, By JONATHAN LETHEM
  10. The Confessions of Edward Day, By VALERIE MARTIN
  11. Dearest Creature, By AMY GERSTLER
  12. Do Not Deny Me: Stories, By JEAN THOMPSON
  13. Don’t Cry: Stories, By MARY GAITSKILL
  14. Every Man Dies Alone, By HANS FALLADA; translated by MICHAEL HOFMANN
  15. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, By WELLS TOWER
  16. Family Album, By PENELOPE LIVELY
  17. Follow Me, By JOANNA SCOTT
  18. A Gate at the Stairs, By LORRIE MOORE
  19. Generosity: An Enhancement, By RICHARD POWERS
  20. Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, By JEANNETTE WALLS
  21. How it Ended: New and Collected Stories, By JAY McINERNEY
  22. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, By DANIYAL MUEENUDDIN
  23. Invisible, By PAUL AUSTER
  24. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, By GEOFF DYER
  25. The Lacuna, By BARBARA KINGSOLVER
  26. Lark and Termite, By JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS
  27. Let the Great World Spin, By COLUM McCANN
  28. The Little Stranger, By SARAH WATERS
  29. Love and Obstacles: Stories, By ALEKSANDAR HEMON
  30. Love and Summer, By WILLIAM TREVOR
  31. The Museum of Innocence, By ORHAN PAMUK; translated by MAUREEN FREELY
  32. My Father’s Tears: And Other Stories, By JOHN UPDIKE
  33. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, By KAZUO ISHIGURO
  34. Nothing Right: Short Stories, By ANTONYA NELSON
  35. Once the Shore: Stories, By PAUL YOON
  36. One D.O.A., One on the Way, By MARY ROBISON
  37. Sag Harbor, By COLSON WHITEHEAD
  38. A Short History of Women, By KATE WALBERT
  39. The Sky Below, By STACEY D’ERASMO
  40. The Song Is You, By ARTHUR PHILLIPS
  41. Too Much Happiness, By ALICE MUNRO
  42. Typhoon, By CHARLES CUMMING
  43. A Village Life, By LOUISE GL√úCK
  44. Wolf Hall, By HILARY MANTEL
  45. The Year of the Flood, By MARGARET ATWOOD
Nonfiction
  1. The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn, By LOUISA GILDER
  2. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, By RICHARD HOLMES
  3. Ayn Rand and the World She Made, By ANNE C. HELLER
  4. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, By FRANK BRUNI
  5. The Case for God, By KAREN ARMSTRONG
  6. Cheever: A Life, By BLAKE BAILEY
  7. City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and ’70s, By EDMUND WHITE
  8. Closing Time: A Memoir, By JOE QUEENAN
  9. Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places, By BILL STREEVER
  10. Columbine, By DAVE CULLEN
  11. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent, By ROBERT W. MERRY
  12. Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, By JAMES McMANUS
  13. Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, By MORRIS DICKSTEIN
  14. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, By LINDA GORDON
  15. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, By GORDON S. WOOD
  16. The Evolution of God, By ROBERT WRIGHT
  17. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, By NEIL SHEEHAN
  18. The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, By MARY BEARD
  19. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, By T. J. STILES
  20. Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, By BRAD GOOCH
  21. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, By GREG GRANDIN
  22. The Good Soldiers, By DAVID FINKEL
  23. The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11, By JOHN FARMER
  24. Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme, By TRACY DAUGHERTY
  25. Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, By DOUG STANTON
  26. In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic, By DAVID WESSEL
  27. The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America, By STEVEN JOHNSON
  28. The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China, By HANNAH PAKULA
  29. Lit: A Memoir, By MARY KARR
  30. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, By LIAQUAT AHAMED
  31. Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir, By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
  32. The Lost Child: A Mother’s Story, By JULIE MYERSON
  33. The Lost City Of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, By DAVID GRANN
  34. Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, By WALTER KIRN
  35. Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, By MELVIN I. UROFSKY
  36. The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, By ROBIN ROMM
  37. Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, By NICK REDING
  38. My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times, By HAROLD EVANS
  39. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street, By JUSTIN FOX
  40. Open: An Autobiography, By ANDRE AGASSI
  41. A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, By REBECCA SOLNIT
  42. Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, By CAROL SKLENICKA
  43. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, By LARRY TYE
  44. Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force — the NYPD, By CHRISTOPHER DICKEY
  45. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD
  46. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, By GRAHAM FARMELO
  47. Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, By ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
  48. The Third Reich at War, By RICHARD J. EVANS
  49. The Weight of a Mustard Seed: The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny, By WENDELL STEAVENSON
  50. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present, By GAIL COLLINS
  51. Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, By BENJAMIN MOSER
  52. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, By DOUGLAS BRINKLEY
  53. Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, By DANIEL JONAH GOLDHAGEN
  54. Yours Ever: People and Their Letters, By THOMAS MALLON
  55. Zeitoun, By DAVE EGGERS

1 comment:

Wendy said...

GM: I don't know what your comment has to do with the NYT Most Notable list...so I deleted it. Please keep to the subject matter at hand when posting comments. Thank you.