File this under prematurity: Several weekends ago I drove down to Portland, Maine. Along the way I encountered a boggling number of pumpkins and various ghoulish-looking incarnations adorning the porches and windows of a surprising number of abodes. Like those pathetic types who simply refuse to take down the Christmas decorations months after the fact, only in reverse. These people all need to hear what William Shatner once said to a swarm of
die hard Trekkie conference attendees (on SNL, here): Get a Life already.
All this to say we can now include Publishers Weekly in this company. They today, according to USA Today, announced their best books of 2009. Here’s the list:
Richard Holmes‘ The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science; Dan Chaon‘s Await Your Reply; Victor LaValle’s Big Machine; Blake Bailey’s Cheever: A Life; Neil Sheehan‘s A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon; Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders; Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; David Grann’s The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon; Matthew Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft; and David Small’s Stitches: A Memoir