2009 Books

Best of 2009 — Books

2009 in Books — By the Numbers

Books Read:

Prescription for a Superior Existence, Josh Emmons

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession, Allison Hoover Bartlett

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”, David Bianculli

The Appointment, Herta Müller (Review)

Sashenka, Simon Montefiore (Review)

Wave of Terror, Theodore Odrach

Little Man, What Now?, Hans Fallada

It Shined: The Saga of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils by Michael Supe Granda

The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain (Words Without Borders Anthologies)

The Good Soldiers, David Finkel

The Innocent, Ian McEwan

The Prison Called Hohenasperg: An American Boy Betrayed By His Government During World War II, Arthur D. Jacobs

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Season of Ash: A Novel in Three Acts, Jorge Volpi

Windows on the World, Frederic Beigbeder

The Journey of Little Gandhi, Elias Khoury (Review)

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Kay Redfield Jamison

Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction, Kurt Vonnegut

The Country Where No One Ever Dies, Ornela Vorpsi (Review)

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz, Geoff Dyer (Review)

The Apex Book of World SF, Lavie Tidhar (ed.)

Tomorrow!, Philip Wylie (Review)

Nibble & Kuhn, David Schmahmann (Review)

Trotsky: A Graphic Biography, Rick Geary

Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh (Review)

Invisible, Paul Auster (Review)

Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, Barbara Ehrenreich (Review)

In Search of My Homeland: A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp, Er Tai Gao (Review)

Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon

The Secret History of Science Fiction, James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (eds.) (Review)

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, Jon Krakauer

Public Image: Stories and Poems, Thomas A. Hauck (Review)

Madness: A Bipolar Life, Marya Hornbacher

Enemies: World War II Alien Internment, John Christgau (Review)

Apartment in Athens, Glenway Wescott

Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia, Jeff Parker and Mikhail Iossel (eds.) (Review)

The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood (Review)

Voices From the Street, Philip K. Dick

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, Nick Reding

The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway (Review)

Beauty Salon, Mario Bellatin (Review)

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography, Sidney Poitier

Travel as a Political Act, Rick Steves

Unforgiving Years, Victor Serge

The Attack, Yasmina Khadra

The Sixties, Jenny Diski (Review)

Pistonhead, Thomas A. Hauck (Review)

Blameless in Abaddon, James Morrow

The Challenge: How a Maverick Navy Officer and a Young Law Professor Risked Their Careers to Defend the Constitution–and Won, Jonathan Mahler (Review)

Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon’s Firefly Universe, Jane Espenson (ed.)

Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word, Toni Morrison (ed.)

Fugitive Days, William Ayers

Indignation, Philip Roth

The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World, Adam Jacot de Boinod

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, Phil Zuckerman

The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, Emmanuel Guibert

American Pastoral, Philip Roth

The Secret Speech, Tom Rob Smith

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath, Michael and Elizabeth Norman (Review)

Replay, Ken Grimwood

Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler, Anne Nelson

The Interrogation, J.M.G. Le Clézio (Review)

Amsterdam, Ian McEwan

The Unit, Ninni Holmqvist (Review)

Between the Assassinations, Aravind Adiga (Review)

The Stalin Epigram, Robert Littell

The City & The City, China Miéville

God’s Mercy, Kerstin Ekman (Review)

Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person, Hugh Prather

Breath, Tim Winton (Review)

Amerika: The Missing Person, Franz Kafka

The Drinker, Hans Fallada

Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History, Harvey Pekar

To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan, Nicholas Schmidle (Review)

The Burning Skies, David J. Williams (Review)

We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities, Anouar Majid (Review)

Delete This at Your Peril: One Man’s Hilarious Exchanges with Internet Spammers, Bob Servant (Review)

A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties, Robert Greenfield (Review)

A Prayer for the Dying, Stewart O’Nan (Review)

Detective Story, Imre Kertész

The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented History, Justin Marozzi (Review)

To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander, Georg von Trapp (Review)

Private Midnight, Kris Saknussemm (Review)

“Socialism Is Great!”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China, Lijia Zhang (Review)

Finding the Moon in Sugar, Gint Aras (Review)

Columbine, Dave Cullen

American Rust, Philipp Meyer

Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow

Searching for Bobby Orr, Stephen Brunt

Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer–and the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets, Jo Marchant (Review)

Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada (Review)

Kidnapped: And Other Dispatches, Alan Johnston (Review)

The Soul of Medicine, Sherwin Nuland (Review)

A Free Life, Ha Jin (Review)

Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace, William Lobdell

Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India, Rory MacLean (Review)

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories, Steven Millhauser (Review)

The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia, James Palmer

Tranquility, Attila Bartis

Seahawk: Confessions of an Old Goalie, Bruce Valley (Review)

Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story, Jose Torres (Review)

Counterknowledge, Damian Thompson

The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture, Tilman Allert

Daemon, Daniel Suarez

Yalo, Elias Khoury (Review)

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, David Hajdu (Review)

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust (Review)

Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents, Mikal Gilmore

Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader, John W. Kiser (Review)

The Thief and the Dogs, Naguib Mahfouz