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Reader List: Slate’s Best Reads of 2009


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

I enjoy the book reviews at, 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]

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

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

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