The nonfiction books we liked best in 2009.
What we here at the Monitor liked best in 2009.
The lives of a dozen Arab Americans tell the story of an often strained relationship.
Echoes of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ mix with classic Chinese folk tales in this layered narrative.
Wry humor and Midwestern sensibility mark this Depression-era tale of Grandma Dowdel and her unorthodox ways.
Louis Menand's fascinating history profiles a group of misfit geniuses who, in Boston in 1872, helped to shape the modern mind.
Thrillmeister John Grisham tries his hand at a collection of short stories set in rural north Mississippi.
Master mystery writer P.D. James dissects her craft.
In her ninth novel, Anne Tyler serves up meaty fiction with a draft of sadness.
A new collection of nine short stories from a master of the genre.
Sarah Palin speaks out.
Award-winning journalist George Packer grapples with the global consequences of political idealism.
A new translation of 11 short works by Tolstoy.
Oprah guru Eckhart Tolle shares lessons from the higher masters: the animals.
For the brave reader ready to tackle it, this sprawling text offers a fascinating glimpse of a corner of America at work.
Vladimir Nabokov’s last unfinished manuscript feels like a generous gift to readers.
This story of a Maine town trapped under a dome shows Stephen King at the height of his powers.
Spurred by the birth of his son, novelist Jonathan Safran Foer investigates the system that puts meat on our plates.