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Reader List: Slate’s Best Reads of 2009

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Slate’s Best Reads for 2009
submitted May 2010 by BookMan

I enjoy the book reviews at Slate.com, and this was their compilation of their writers/editors’ choices for the best titles of 2009. Although the libraries don’t own a few of these, I figured readers can use Interlibrary Loan for the titles not available locally. Quite a few interesting reads here!

Endpoint and Other Poems
by John Updike [811 Upd]

A Short History of Women
by Kate Walbert

The Good Soldiers
by David Finkel [956.704 Fin]

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
by Geoff Dyer

The Liar’s Club
by Mary Karr [Biography Karr]

Essays
by Wallace Shawn

What Are Intellectuals Good For?
by George Scialabba

Cheever: A Life
by Blake Bailey [Biography Cheever]

Too Much Happiness
by Alice Munro

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
by Wells Tower

The Least Worst Place
by Karen Greenberg

A Gate at the Stairs
by Lorrie Moore

The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard
by J.G. Ballard

Substrate
by Jim Powell

Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel

Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting
by John Maxwell Hamilton

The Anthologist
by Nicholson Baker

The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
by Joan Schenkar

Soccernomics
by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Bank Notes
by Ken Habarta

The Age of Wonder
by Richard Holmes [509 Hol]

The Glass Room
by Simon Mawer