Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2009: Books

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“Chronic City,” Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday)
“War Dances,” Sherman Alexie (Grove Press)
“Generosity: An Enhancement,” Richard Powers (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)
“Ruins,” Achy Obejas (Akashic Books)
“Inherent Vice,” Thomas Pynchon (Penguin Press)
—Tom Lynch

Top 5 Local Books
“Ruins,” Achy Obejas (Akashic Books)
“Her Fearful Symmetry,” Audrey Niffenegger (Scribner)
“How to Hold a Woman,” Billy Lombardo (OV Books)
“The Way Through Doors,” Jesse Ball (Vintage)
“The Adventures of Cancer Bitch,” S.L. Wisenberg (University of Iowa Press)
—Tom Lynch

Top 5 Honorable Mention Local Books
“The Amateurs,” Marcus Sakey (Dutton Adult)
“The Great Perhaps,” Joe Meno (W.W. Norton & Company)
“Love and Obstacles,” Aleksandar Hemon (Riverhead)
“Ballads of Suburbia,” Stephanie Kuehnert (MTV Books)
“The Blindfold Test,” Barry Schechter (Melville House)
—Tom Lynch

Top 5 Film Books
“Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber,” Manny Farber (Library of America)
“Robert Altman: The Oral Biography,” Mitchell Zuckoff (Knopf)
“Conquests of the Useless,” Werner Herzog (Ecco)
“Screen Epiphanies: Filmmakers on the Films That Inspired Them,” Geoffrey Macnab (British Film Institute)
“The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson (Rizzoli)
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Literary Come-Ons
Nice boots
In college I won the campus literary prize for creative nonfiction
Hello, meet the master of Chicago poetry
I love your blog
I’m starting an online literary magazine and currently looking for submissions
—Fred Sasaki

3 Responses to “Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2009: Books”

  1. Carol Peters Says:

    Great list, thanks.

    And wasn’t Lethem’s book SUPERB!

    - Carol

  2. Jesse Says:

    I would be certainly interested in reading “Ruins” by Achy Obejas. The T Pynchon book was such a great anti-genre effort.

  3. Dakota Says:

    As for literary come-ons, you forgot to add, “So, are you a Columbia alumni too? You know, I graduated in 2002…”

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