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Publishers Weekly's top 10 books of 2009

October 29, 2009 |  7:41 am

On Monday, industry trade magazine Publishers Weekly will announce its best books of the year, a longish, multi-genre list. Today, USA Today has a preview of its picks -- it's sharing the biggest news, Publishers Weekly's top 10 books of 2009: 

"The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science" by Richard Holmes

"Await Your Reply" by Dan Chaon

"Big Machine" by Victor LaValle

"Cheever: A Life" by Blake Bailey

"A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon" by Neil Sheehan

"In Other Rooms, Other Wonders" by Daniyal Mueenuddin

"Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi" by Geoff Dyer

"The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann

"Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matthew Crawford

"Stitches: A Memoir" by David Small

These lists are always fun and debatable, but getting a best-of-2009 in October, two months before the year's end, seems a bit premature -- like selling Christmas decorations before Halloween. Wait, what? Stores do sell Christmas decorations before Halloween? Carry on, then.

-- Carolyn Kellogg