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ALA Notable Books – 2009


Library Director Pat LeachALA Notable Books – 2009
Gere Books Talk, November 30, 2009 and Bethany Books Talk, December 18, 2009
Pat L.

Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.

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The Hakawati
by Rabih Alameddine

The Wasted Vigil
by Nadeem Aslam

by Richard Bausch

City of Thieves
by David Benioff

The Plague of Doves
by Louise Erdrich

Atmospheric Disturbances
by Rivka Galchen

Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories
by Steven Millhauser

by Owen Sheers

Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

The Ginseng Hunter
by Jeff Talarigo


The Bin-Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century
by Steve Coll [Biography Bin Laden]

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
by Drew Gilpin Faust [973.71 Fau]

The Forever War
by Dexter Filkins [956.704 Fil]

Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950
by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore [323.4 Gil]

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
by Annette Gordon-Reed [Biography Hemmings]

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
by Mark Harris [791.43 Har]

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
by Tony Horwitz [970.01 Hor]

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
by Jane Mayer [973.931 May]

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
by Michael Pollan [613 Pol]

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work
by Nick Taylor [973.917 Tay]

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
by Tom Vanderbilt [629.283 Van]

The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order
by Joan Wickersham [155.938 Wic]


Special Orders: Poems
by Edward Hirsch [811 Hir]

Ghost Soldiers: Poems
by James Tate [811 Tat]