Great Reads: PW Selects The Top 10 Books of 2009

Publishers Weekly is out with its first ever "Top Ten Best Books of 2009."

Each year the trade magazine selects its top 100 - but this year, PW dug deeper and picked 10 titles that it said stood out from the rest.

They are:

  1. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of SciencebyRichard Holmes(Pantheon)
  2. Await Your Replyby Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
  3. Big Machineby Victor LaValle(Spiegel & Grau)
  4. Cheever: A LifebyBlake Bailey (Knopf)
  5. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weaponby Neil Sheehan (Random House)
  6. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders byDaniyal Mueenuddin (Norton)
  7. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasiby Geoff Dyer (Pantheon)
  8. Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the AmazonbyDavid Grann (Doubleday)
  9. Shop Class as Soulcraftby Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press)
  10. StitchesbyDavid Small (Norton)

These 10 and the other 90 titles that fill out the Top 100 Books of 2009 were chosen from more than 50,000 books and were selected based on PW reviews editors.

In a release Louisa Ermelino, Reviews Director, PW said, “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.”

The full list will be featured in the print magazine and online on Monday, November 2nd at

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