Publishers Weekly announced their Top 10 picks for 2009. These are the books that they thought "stood out from the rest." PW admits that they're not "the most politically correct" choices -- the list doesn't include any female authors -- but, to the editors, they were the best among the top 100 that they had chosen. You can read their reviews for the books on their site.
We want to know what you think. Is something missing? Do you think this is great, or totally off-base? What's your list?
- The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes (Pantheon)
- Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
- Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
- Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey (Knopf)
- A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon by Neil Sheehan (Random House)
- In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton)
- Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon)
- Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (Doubleday)
- Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press)
- Stitches by David Small (Norton)