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The 2009 Globe Books 100

The best-reviewed, buzziest books of the year Add to ...

Our 12th annual pick of the 100 best and most influential books of the year includes prize-winners and surprises, writers allegedly famous and those about to be, prose and poetry, science and social studies, memoir and manifesto, and much, much more.

For online readers, we've broken the 100 books down into multiple lists and even included a bonus gathering of "Also Rans": books that were on the list until very last minute as we argued, debated, soul-searched and generally agonized about who made it and who didn't.

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All in all, a great year for reading. Enjoy!

-- The Editors





From Atwood to Turner, the best home-grown novels of the year

From Nazi horrors to a town under a dome, the best foreign fiction of the year

A.F. Moritz, Karen Solie, and more

Robert Crumb's bible belt, and more

Trudeau's love life, Hillier's war stories, and more

Hal Niedzviekci, Dave Eggers and many more

The Warsaw Ghetto, the Iraq surge, and more

Beckett's letters, Astaire's moves and much more

Chris Anderson on free, Gordon Laird on cheap ...

Richard Dawkins in one corner, Karen Armstrong the other...

Mavis Gallant?! Audrey Niffenegger?!

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