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New York Times Notable Books 2009

The list of 100 Notable Books has arrived at the New York Times website. It won’t appear in print until next weekend, December 6th. As usual, you’ll find very little genre fiction and the nonfiction is mostly confined to biography, history, and political works, but if you accept those limitations, it’s always an interesting list. The annual “best of” lists are a goldmine for book groups, as these titles will gradually arrive in less expensive softcover editions in the coming year and begin to become more widely available at local libraries. 

Shorter lists from specific critics or addressing particular subjects or formats are also available through their Holiday Gift Guide.

I’ve begun the work of compiling my annual list of lists, a sortable spreadsheet that covers many different kinds of books and shows you how many best-of-the-year lists and awards recognized each title. But it’s still too early to guess at this year’s aggregated top picks… more on that soon. In the meanwhile, the best list of the lists that I’ve found online is compiled by the blog largehearted boy. Enjoy!



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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