critic’s picks – best books of 2009

Another year of publishing gone by, and if you know me, you know I didn’t read anything new. So I will pass along some of the critical picks if you’re looking for something good. I tend to read almost all fiction so that’s what’s here.

  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – LG
  • Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell – LG
  • Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – PW
  • “Moe Prager” mysteries by Reed Farrel Coleman – NPR
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – LG
  • Spooners by Pete Dexter – Am
  • Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer – LG, PW
  • The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam – NPR
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding – Am
  • The Believers by Zoe Heller – NPR
  • Swimming by Nicola Keegan – LG
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larson – Am
  • Big Machine by Victor Lavalle – PW
  • Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem – NYT
  • The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell – LG
  • The Stalin Epigram by Robert Littell – WP
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – LG, WP, Am
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann – Am
  • Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy – NYT
  • American Rust by Philipp Meyer – WP
  • The City & The City by China Mieville – Am
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore – NYT, WP, Am, NPR
  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin – LG, PW
  • The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk – WP
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Am, NPR
  • Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower – LG
  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – Am
  • The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez – Am
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – Am
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls – NYT
  • A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert – NYT
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter – LG, NPR
  • Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead – Am

Am – Amazon, LG – Lev Grossmas for Time, NPR – Maureen Corrigan for NPR, NYT – New York Times , PW – Publisher’s Weekly, WP – Washington Post

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