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The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) 2009 CODES Notable Books Council Book Awards

Looking for some good books for your book group?  Why not check out this list of the best from last year just announced.  Since 1944, the goal has been to list 25 great works that are readable. The website for this list is http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/awards/notablebooks/index.cfm.   

FICTION

Alameddine, Rabih. The Hakawati. Knopf Publishing Group 9780307266798.

Aslam, Nadeem. The Wasted Vigil. Knopf Publishing Group 9780307268426.

Bausch, Richard. Peace . Alfred A. Knopf 9780307268334.

Benioff, David. City of Thieves. Viking Books 9780670018703.

Erdrich, Louise. The Plague of Doves. Harper 9780060515126.

Galchen, Rivka. Atmospheric Disturbances. Farrar Straus & Giroux 9780374200114.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Unaccustomed Earth .Alfred A. Knopf 9780307265739.

Millhauser, Steven. Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories .Knopf Publishing Group 9780307267566.

Sheers, Owen. Resistance. Nan A. Talese 9780385522106.

Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. Random House 9781400062089.

Talarigo, Jeff. The Ginseng Hunter .Nan A. Talese 9780385517393

NONFICTION

Coll, Steve. The Bin-Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century. Penguin Press 9781594201646.

Faust, Drew Gilpin. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War .Knopf Publishing Group 9780375404047.

Filkins, Dexter. The Forever War. Knopf Publishing Group 9780307266392.

Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth. Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950. W. W. Norton & Company 9780393062441.

Gordon-Reed, Annette. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. W. W. Norton & Company 9780393064773.

Harris, Mark. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. .Penguin Press 9781594201523.

Horwitz, Tony. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World Henry. Holt & Company9780805076035.

Mayer, Jane. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals. . Doubleday Books 9780385526395.

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Press 9781594201455.

Taylor, Nick. American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work. Bantam 9780553802351.

Vanderbilt, Tom. Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us) . Knopf Publishing Group 9780307264787.

Wickersham, Joan . The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order. Harcourt 9780151014903.

POETRY
Hirsch, Edward. Special Orders: Poems Knopf Publishing Group 9780307266811.

Tate, James. Ghost Soldiers: Poems . Ecco 9780061436949.

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Gary Niebuhr is the author of Make Mine a Mystery (2003), Caught up in Crime (2009), and other readers' guides to mystery and detective fiction. He was a Booklist contributor from 2008-2014.

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