I thought I’d combine a couple lists that only have a couple of relevant items.

January Magazine

  • The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York by Matthew Goodman

  • The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants by Wolfgang Stuppy
  • Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim
  • Planet Ape by Desmond Morris with Steve Parker

National Book Critics Circle

  • Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin

  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
  • Strength in What Remain by Tracy Kidder

BTW, I’m running out of lists so if you know of any “best book of the year” lists for 2009 that I haven’t covered yet, please let me know.

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