Posts filed under ‘Best of 2009’

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

…if not feel like, Christmas. At least here at the Library, it is. First a bit of Library news. If you haven’t already, please come by and check out the fabulous Raffle Baskets put together by the Friends of the Topsfield Library.  All baskets and services would make great gifts! Raffle tickets are only $1 or 6 for $5, and the drawing will be December 15th.

However if you’re not lucky enough to win a basket, never fear.  There are plenty of bookish gift suggestions out there.  We’ve compiled several top-10 (and in one case, a top-13) best-books lists of 2009.

The New York Times Best Books of 2009


  • Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
  • Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls
  • A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert


  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
  • The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
  • Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
  • Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009

  • Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
  • Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
  • A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan
  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
  • Big Machine by Victor LaValle
  • The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
  • Stitches by David Small
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
  • Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
  • Lost City of Z by David Grann Best Books of 2009

  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr.
  • Everyman Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
  • Border Songs by Jim Lynch
  • Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun
  • Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Low Boy by John Wray

The Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2009

  • Lark & Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Weight of Heaven by Thirty Umrigar
  • Woodsburner by John Pipkin
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
  • Love and Summer by William Trevor
  • A Gate at the End of the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  • Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato
  • The Children’s Book by A.S Byatt
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Too Much Happiness: Stories by Alice Munro

Also, from, check out this list of recommendations from independent booksellers across the country:

Finally, comment on this post to tell us YOUR picks for the best book(s) of 2009!


December 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

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