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Publisher's Weekly names top books of 2009

PW gets ahead of the pack by choosing its best books of 2009 before Halloween. I bet they put up Christmas decorations next week, too.

Reply Here are PW's top 10:

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, Richard Holmes

Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon

Big Machine, Victor LaValle

Cheever: A Life, Blake Bailey

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, Neil Sheehan

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniel Mueenuddin

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Geoff Dyer

Stitches Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, David Grann

Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford

Stitches, David Small

I can't help but notice there isn't one female name on there. Really, PW? No women wrote great books in 2009? Not Margaret Atwood, not A.S. Byatt? Hmmmm. Makes me skeptical.

In a press release, PW halfheartedly tackles this question. “We wanted to pick the best 10 and we came ready to mix it up, and although we were surprised that, when the dust settled, it wasn’t the most politically correct list—there are no women authors, for example—the balance of our top 100 reflects a remarkable diversity,” says Louisa Ermelino, reviews director. PW's full list comes out Nov. 2

In any case,  you can see two of these authors at Miami Book Fair International: Dan Chaon and David Small will both appear.

 

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