The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009 by The New York Times

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This e-single includes reviews of the 10 books, fiction and nonfiction, that The Times selected as the 10 Best Books of 2009. One of the pleasures of this e-single is the chance to see the sometimes surprising chemistry between reviewers and authors, particularly when it comes to fiction. Jonathan Lethem, whose "Chronic City" made our list, reviewed Lorrie Moore's novel "A Gate at the Stairs," which made it too, while Curtis Sittenfeld, whose novel "Prep" was one of the 10 Best in 2005, reviewed Maile Meloy's story collection "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It," a winner in 2012. Any book review editor will attest that persuading fiction writers to assess other people's fiction can be a struggle. These were heartening exceptions to the rule.


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Richard Bernstein, a book critic for the "New York Times" & formerly a national cultural correspondent, was a foreign correspondent for both the "Times" & "Time" magazine. He was also "Time" magazine's Beijing bureau chief. "Ultimate Journey" is his fifth book & his third on Asia. He lives in New York City. The New York Times" team comprises Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson. Bill Keller is the executive editor of "The New York Times," "Class Matters" also includes essays by Christopher Buckley, Diane McWhorter, Richard Price, David Levering Lewis, and Linda Chavez, about their encounters with class when they were growing up.
Published December 17, 2012 by The New York Times Company. 47 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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