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New York Times Notable Books of 2009

Each year the New York Times picks its favorite titles. We're pleased to announce the following books made the list in 2009.

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A John Macrae Book

Wolf Hall

A Novel

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political...

"...In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political.... In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty year..."

Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Stories

Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife...

"...Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife.... Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife discovers that the print of a bare foot on the inside of his windshield doesn’t match her own. Teenage cousins, drugged by summer, meet with a reckoning in the woods. A boy runs off to the ca..."

Wells Tower Wells Tower

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Henry Holt and Co.

Invisible

“One of America’s greatest novelists” dazzlingly reinvents the coming-of-age story in his most passionate and surprising book to date Sinuously constructed in...

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Generosity

An Enhancement

FROM THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–WINNING AUTHOR OF THE ECHO MAKER, A PLAYFUL AND PROVOCATIVE NOVEL ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE HAPPINESS GENE When...

Richard Powers Richard Powers

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A Village Life

Poems

A Village Life, Louise Glück’s eleventh collection of poems, begins in the topography of a village, a Mediterranean world of no definite moment or place: ...

Louise Glück Louise Glück

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Cowboys Full

The Story of Poker

From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are...

James McManus James McManus

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Sarah Crichton Books

The Good Soldiers

It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it the surge. “Many listening...

David Finkel David Finkel

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St. Martin's Press

Hiding Man

A Biography of Donald Barthelme

In the 1960s Donald Barthelme came to prominence as the leader of the Postmodern movement. He was a fixture at the New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short...

Tracy Daugherty Tracy Daugherty

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Metropolitan Books

Fordlandia

The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City

The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man...

Greg Grandin Greg Grandin

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St. Martin's Press

Typhoon

A Novel

Charles Cumming, lauded internationally as the successor to John le Carré, returns with his biggest, most ambitious thriller to date. Beginning in 1997, just...

Charles Cumming Charles Cumming

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