Perusing the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Best Books of 2009”

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of “100 best books of 2009”:



  • The Invisible Hook:  The Hidden Economics of Pirates, by Peter T. Leeson
  • The Slippery Year:  A Meditation on Happily Ever After, by Melanie Gideon
  • Somewhere Towards the End:  A Memoir, by Diana Athill

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Books self is interested in reading after perusing the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of “Notable Bay Area Books of 2009”:


  • All That Work and Still No Boys, by Kathryn Ma
  • Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazel
  • The Enthusiast, by Charlie Haas
  • Revenge of the Spellmans, by Lisa Lutz
  • The Tricking of Freya, by Christina Sunley


  • Righteous Dopefiend, by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg

Perusing THE ECONOMIST’S Best Books of the Year 2009

Books self is interested in reading after perusing The Economist’s Books of the Year 2009:

Politics and Current Affairs

Biography and memoirs

  • The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, by Selina Hastings, about “one of the finest short-story stylists Britain has ever produced”
  • Constable in Love:  Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter, by Martin Gayford, about how “John Constable, disapproved of by his wife’s relatives, his own family and his painting peers, was buoyed by the support of his wife, Maria Bicknell, and triumphed in the end”
  • William Golding:  The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies, by John Carey, “the first authorised biography”


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