What I read in 2009

I may have read a couple of other books that didn’t make it onto this list, but I guarantee that if it’s on this page, I actually finished reading it.


Chicago, by Alaa al Aswany

The Wasted Vigil, by Nadeem Aslam

To Serve Them All My Days, by R. F. Delderfield

The Peppered Moth, by Margaret Drabble

The Garrick Year, by Margaret Drabble

The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant

Giant, by Edna Ferber

Sweet Ruin, by Cathi Hanauer

Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy

Life After Genius, by M. Ann Jacoby

Blindspot, by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore

The Given Day, by Dennis Lehane

The Small Rain, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Severed Wasp, by Madeleine L’Engle

Magic Time, by Doug Marlette

The Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer (all 4 books)

The Perfect Man, by Naeem Murr

The Last Convertible, by Anton Myrer

Ten Days in the Hills, by Jane Smiley

The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Gertrude and Claudius, by John Updike

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Rabbit Redux, by John Updike

Rabbit is Rich, by John Updike

Rabbit at Rest, by John Updike


The Dirt on Clean, by Katherine Ashenburg

The Mourner’s Dance, by Katherine Ashenburg

The Vertigo Years, by Philipp Blom

American Bloomsbury, by Susan Cheever

World on Fire, by Amy Chua

French Theory, by Francois Cusset (in English translation)

The Logic of Failure, by Dietrich Dorner (in English translation)

The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan

The Urban Villagers, by Herbert Gans

Unstrange Minds, by Roy Richard Grinker

The Rhetoric of Reaction, by Albert O. Hirschman

The Tenth Muse, by Judith Jones

Tough Liberal, by Richard Kahlenberg

Lost in the Meritocracy, by Walter Kirn

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, by Alison Light

Bowled Over, by Michael Oriard

Diaries, 1969-1979, by Michael Palin

Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

A Failure of Capitalism, by Richard Posner

To Afghanistan and Back, by Ted Rall

Sparrows Point, by Mark Reutter

The Unlikely Disciple, by Kevin Roose

Hospital, by Julie Salamon

The Commission, by Philip Shenon

Crisis in Bethlehem, by John Strohmeyer

Ivy Days, by Susan Allen Toth

Whatever it Takes, by Paul Tough

Renegade: The Making of a President, by Richard Woolffe

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