Best of 2009: Fiction
A Friend of the Family
by Lauren Grodstein (Algonquin)
A Short History of Women
by Kate Walbert (Scribner)
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann (Random House)
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel (Holt)
Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger (Scribner)
Lark and Termite
by Jayne Ann Phillips (Knopf
The City & The City
by China Mieville (Ballantine)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Steig Larsson (Knopf)

Best of 2009: Nonfiction
Changing My Mind
by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press)
by Mary Karr (Harper)
Louisa May Alcott
by Harriet Reisen (Holt)
by David Small (Norton)
Strength in What Remains
by Tracy Kidder (Random House)
by Ken Auletta (Penguin Press)
Manhood for Amateurs
by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)
The Age of Wonder
by Richard Holmes (Pantheon)
Home Game
by Michael Lewis (Norton)
The Secret Lives of Buildings
by Edward Hollis (Holt/Metropolitan)

Best of 2009: Teen reads
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Charles and Emma
by Deborah Heiligman (Holt)
by Sharon Shinn (Viking)
by Kristin Cashore (Dial/Penguin)
Going Bovine
by Libba Bray (Random House)
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman (Dutton)
by Scott Westerfeld (Simon & Schuster)
The Reformed Vampire Support Group
by Catherine Jinks (Houghton Mifflin)
This Full House
by Virginia Euwer Wolff (HarperTeen)
by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking)

Best of 2009: Middle-grade books
The Doll Shop Downstairs
by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Viking)
Everything for a Dog
by Ann M. Martin (Feiwel & Friends)
The Evolution of Capurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly (Holt)
Fortune's Folly
by Deva Fagan (Holt)
Lincoln and His Boys
by Rosemary Wells (Candlewick)
Lincoln Shot
by Barry Denenberg (Feiwel & Friends)
The Year the Swallows Came Early
by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (HarperCollins)
A Season of Gifts
by Richard Peck (Dial/Penguin)
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb/Random House)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)

Best of 2009: Picture books
All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Duck! Rabbit!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated Tom Lichtenheld (Chronicle)
John Brown
by John Hendrix (Abrams)
One Giant Leap
by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer (Philomel)
by David Ezra Stein (Putnam)
Rhyming Dust Bunnies
by Jan Thomas (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice
by Judith Byron Schachner (Dutton)
The Lion & The Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)
Trouble Gum
by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel & Friends)
Willoughby & The Lion
by Greg Foley (HarperCollins)

Best of 2009: Cookbooks
Ad Hoc at Home
by Thomas Keller (Artisan)
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express
by Mark Bittman (Simon & Schuster)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
by Julia Child (Knopf)
Rustic Fruit Desserts
by Cory Schreiber (Ten Speed)
Ten: All the Food We Love
by Sheila Lukins (Workman)

Best of 2009: Audio Books
Rain Gods
by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster Audio)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson (Random House Audio)
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin Audio)
The Shawl and Rosa
by Cynthia Ozick (HighBridge Audio)
The Women
by T.C. Boyle (Blackstone Audio)

Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall (Random House)
David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure
by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)
Fool’s Gold
by Gillian Tett (Tantor)
Losing Mum and Pup
by Christopher Buckley (Hachette Audio)

by Michael Lewis (Simon & Schuster Audio)

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