Best Books of the Year Countdown: 60 to 41

Yesterday's twenty brought us a morning-after report from a lifelong party, exuberant youthful letters from a writer who couldn't go on but did, two graphic profiles of fictional lives, a novel written on the NYC subway, a book arguing that the greenest place in America is Manhattan, and one showing what that island borough looked like it when it was actually green.

Today's twenty:

60. The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

59. The Kids Are All Right, Liz, Diana, Amanda, and Dan Welch

58. The Lost City of Z, David Grann

57. How Rome Fell, Adrian Goldsworthy

56. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis

55. Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, James McManus

54. Zeitoun, Dave Eggers

53. The Vagrants, Yiyun Li

52. The Magicians, Lev Grossman

51. Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart

50. Last Night at Twisted River, John Irving

49. Genesis, Bernard Beckett

48. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Susan Jane Gilman

47. Blood's a Rover, James Ellroy

46. The Scarecrow, Michael Connelly

45. A Short History of Women, Kate Walbert

44. Tinkers, Paul Harding

43. Lords of Finance, Liaquat Ahamed

42. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

41. The Angel's Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Coming on Thursday: #40 to #21. --Tom

More Best Books of 2009:

#100 to #81

#80 to #61

#40 to #21

#20 to #11

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