Best Books of 2009

I collected approximately seven lists of “Best Books of 2009” and combined them into one list.  The results are below.  The numbers in bold and underline indicate the number of lists that cited the particular book.   If I’ve read the book, I’ve included the rating I gave it on Goodreads (1-5 stars).

6
WOLF HALL. By Hilary Mantel.
LARK AND TERMITE. By Jayne Anne Phillips.

 5
THE CHILDREN’S BOOK.  By A.S. Byatt.
LOVE AND SUMMER. By William Trevor. 

4
THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD. By Margaret Atwood.
CHEEVER: A LIFE. By Blake Bailey.
THE LOST CITY OF Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.  By David Grann. (4)
THE AGE OF WONDER: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. By Richard Holmes. (4)
LIT: A Memoir. By Mary Karr. (3)
STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS.  By Tracy Kidder.
IN OTHER ROOMS, OTHER WONDERS.  By Daniyal Mueenuddin.
INHERENT VICE.  By Thomas Pynchon.
A PARADISE BUILT IN HELL: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. By Rebecca Solnit. (4)
THE FIRST TYCOON: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. By T.J. Stiles. 

3
OPEN: An Autobiography.  By Andre Agassi.
THE ANTHOLOGIST. By Nicholson Baker.
AWAIT YOUR REPLY. By Dan Chaon.
SHOP CLASS AS SOULCRAFT: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work.  By Matthew B. Crawford.
JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI.  By Geoff Dyer.
THE THIRD REICH AT WAR.  By Richard J. Evans.
THE STRANGEST MAN: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom. By Graham Farmelo.
AYN RAND AND THE WORLD SHE MADE.  By Anne C. Heller.
THE SNAKEHEAD.  By Patrick Radden Keefe.
CHRONIC CITY.  By Jonathan Lethem.
ASTERIOS POLYP.  Written and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli.
LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. By Colum McCann.
AMERICAN RUST. By Philipp Meyer.
TOO MUCH HAPPINESS.  By Alice Munro.
WOODSBURNER.  By John Pipkin.
GENEROSITY: An Enhancement.  By Richard Powers.
A FIERY PEACE IN A COLD WAR: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon.  By Neil Sheehan. (4)
RAYMOND CARVER: A Writer’s Life.  By Carol Sklenicka.
THE SISTERS OF SINAI.  By Janet Soskice.
EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED.  By Wells Tower.
MY FATHER’S TEARS: And Other Stories.  By John Updike.
A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN.  By Kate Walbert.
SAG HARBOR.  By Colson Whitehead. 

2
LORDS OF FINANCE: The Bankers Who Broke the World. By Liaquat Ahamed.
SOMEWHERE TOWARDS THE END.  By Diana Athill.
INVISIBLE. By Paul Auster.
SOUL OF THE AGE.  By Jonathan Bate.
THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. By Douglas Brinkley.
BORN ROUND: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater.  By Frank Bruni.
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present. By Gail Collins.
SPOONER. By Pete Dexter.
DANCING IN THE DARK: A Cultural History of the Great Depression. By Morris Dickstein.
LOGICOMIX. By Apostolos Doxiadis et al.
THE BIG BURN.  By Timothy Egan.
ZEITOUN.  By Dave Eggers. (4)
MY PAPER CHASE: True Stories of Vanished Times. By Harold Evans.
EVERY MAN DIES ALONE. By Hans Fallada; translated by Michael Hofmann.
THE GROUND TRUTH: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11. By John Farmer.
THE GOOD SOLDIERS. By David Finkel.
WANTING.  By Richard Flanagan.
CHEERFUL MONEY.  By Tad Friend.
DON’T CRY: Stories. By Mary Gaitskill.
FLANNERY: A Life of Flannery O’Connor. By Brad Gooch.
DOROTHEA LANGE: A Life Beyond Limits. By Linda Gordon.
FORDLANDIA: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City. By Greg Grandin.
TINKERSBy Paul Harding.
THE BELIEVERS. By Zoë Heller.
LOVE AND OBSTACLES: Stories. By Aleksandar Hemon.
THE INVENTION OF AIR: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America. By Steven Johnson. (3)
THELONIOUS MONK: The Life and Times of an American Original. By Robin D.G. Kelley.
THE LACUNA.  By Barbara Kingsolver.
REBIRTH OF A NATION: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920. By Jackson Lears.
THE VAGRANTS.  By Yiyun Li.
THE CONFESSIONS OF EDWARD DAY.  By Valerie Martin.
COWBOYS FULL: The Story of Poker. By James McManus.
A GATE AT THE STAIRS. By Lorrie Moore.
ALL THE LIVING By C.E. Morgan.
NOTHING RIGHT: Short Stories. By Antonya Nelson.
THE LAST EMPRESS: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China. By Hannah Pakula.
THE SONG IS YOU. By Arthur Phillips.
CLOSING TIME: A Memoir. By Joe Queenan.
METHLAND: The Death and Life of an American Small Town. By Nick Reding.
THE HEALING OF AMERICA.  By T.R. Reid.
THE MERCY PAPERS: A Memoir of Three Weeks.  By Robin Romm.
THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC.  By Richard Russo.
PASSING STRANGE.  By Martha A. Sandweiss.
A JURY OF HER PEERS. By Elaine Showalter.
HORSE SOLDIERS: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. By Doug Stanton.
POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong. By Terry Teachout.
THE HAWK AND THE DOVE.  By Nicholas Thompson.
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU. By Jonathan Tropper.
LOUIS D. BRANDEIS: A Life. By Melvin I. Urofsky.
THE LITTLE STRANGER. By Sarah Waters.
IN FED WE TRUST: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic. By David Wessel.
A. LINCOLN.  By Ronald C. White Jr.
ONCE THE SHORE: Stories. By Paul Yoon. 

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