Best Books of the Year?

The Omnivoracious blog on Amazon compared their year end top 100 books list, with the New York Times 100 Notable Books and Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2009 to get a composite of the best books of 2009. There were 11 books that were on all 3 lists this year, plus 2 that were not on the Notable 100, but were on other NY Times lists. For what it’s worth, there were 13 last year and 11 in 2007. No women authors made the cut, only 2 novels, and 2 graphic novels.

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
Born Round by Frank Bruni
Cheever by Blake Bailey
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Fordlandia by Greg Grandin
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford
Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan (not in NYT’s 100 Notable, but in their best cookbooks list)
The Jazz Loft Project by Sam Stephenson (not in NYT’s 100 Notable, but in their Gift Books list)

Best Books of the Year?

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  1. gm davis says:

    Cullen , who first reported on the story for the online magazine Salon, acknowledges in the book’s source notes that thoughts he attributes to Klebold and Harris are conjecture gleaned from the record the pair left behind.

    Jeff Kass takes a more straightforward approach in “Columbine: A True Crime Story,” working backward from the events of the fateful day.
    The Denver Post

    Mr. Cullen insists that the killers enjoyed “far more friends than the average adolescent,” with Harris in particular being a regular Casanova who “on the ultimate high school scorecard . . . outscored much of the football team.” The author’s footnotes do not reveal how he knows this; when I asked him about it while preparing this review, Mr. Cullen said he did not necessarily mean to imply that Harris was sexually active. But what else would such words mean?

    “Eric and Dylan never had any girlfriends,” the more sober Mr. Kass writes, and were “probably virgins upon death.”
    Wall Street Journal


    1. aaron cohen says:

      It seems like you’re commenting on one of the 13 books on this list, rather than commenting on the point of the post that 13 books were mentioned on all 3 best of the year lists. This would have made more sense if you had written an introduction. Thanks for the comment, I suppose.


  2. Hi Aaron. I like the list, though I’m biased, being on it.

    There are several on the list I still want to check out, especially The Lost City of Z. I read the opening to Age of Wonder and loved it, hope to come back to it soon.

    Thanks for the mention of my book, Columbine.


  3. (BTW, GM Davis is publisher of the small Denver press that put out the book he’s pimping there. He seems to have a google alert on my name, and posts the exact same thing every time I’m mentioned. You might be getting one from my favorite conspirarcy theorist soon, too, though he seems to have tired of his mission. Lucky you.)

    Feel free to delete this comment if you like, once you have the info.


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