TOP 100

  • Browsing for something to read is a pleasure of life, and anything BookCourt can do to help you choose is a valued part of our service. Best-seller lists are one way we can help, and thats why we post one for your information every week. We know that those lists are like good bookstoresreally meaningful to you only if they satisfy your tastes in reading. Youve probably noticed that national lists dont do it, including as they do many books of little interest to you (and probably your neighbors).
  • Each year, BookCourt compiles a list of the Top 100 books in terms of sales at the store. Youll find the list interesting as a reflection of what your neighbors, and maybe you, were reading in 2009. It might remind you of books that you intended to read, or wondered about, but never got to. But above all its a list that will interest all readers, many of whom will look for trends like these:

Two titles appear in both paperback and hardcover editions: Let the
Great World Spin, paperback at No. 20 and hardcover at No. 57, and
Where the Wild Things Are, paperback at No. 52 and hardcover at No.58.

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is in the Top 10 two years in a
row, No. 3 in 2008 and No. 4 last year.

3 Cups of Tea holds the same spot two years in a row, No.56.

21 of the Top 100 are childrens or young adult titles.

And heres a first A BookCourt staff members novel on the list, at No. 100.

BOOKCOURT’S Top 100 Sellers in 2009

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery: Book CoverOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout: Book CoverThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: Book Cover

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  1. Netherland (pb). Joseph O’Neill. Random House.
  2. Elegance of the Hedgehog (pb). Muriel Barbery. Europa.
  3. Olive Kitteridge (pb). Elizabeth Strout. Times Books.
  4. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (pb). Junot Diaz. Riverhead.
  5. Lush Life (pb). Richard Price. St. Martin’s Press.
  6. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (trade pb). Steig Larsson. Random House.
  7. Little History of the World (pb). Ernst Gombrich. Yale University Press.
  8. Unaccustomed Earth (pb). Jhumpa Lahiri. Random House.
  9. Chronic City. Jonathan Lethem. Random House.
  10. My Life in France (pb). Julia Child. Random House.
  11. Gate at the Stairs. Lorrie Moore. Random House.
  12. Brooklyn. Colm Toibin. Simon & Schuster.
  13. White Tiger (pb). Aravind Adiga. Simon & Schuster.
  14. Savage Detectives (pb). Roberto Bolano. St. Martin’s Press.
  15. Omnivore’s Dilemma (pb). Michael Pollan. Penguin.
  16. Zeitoun. Dave Eggers. McSweeney’s.
  17. Meaningful Life (pb). L.J. Davis. New York Review of Books.
  18. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (mass market pb). Steig Larsson. Random House.
  19. Prospect Park West. Amy Sohn. Simon & Schuster.
  20. Let the Great World Spin (pb). Colum McCann. Times Books.
  21. Dreams From My Father (pb). Barack Obama. Random House.
  22. What I Talk About When I Talk Running (pb). Haruki Murakami. Random House.
  23. Sag Harbor. Colson Whitehead. Random House.
  24. Revolutionary Road (pb). Richard Yates. Random House.
  25. Julie & Julia (pb). Julie Powell. Little, Brown.
  26. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Jeff Kinney. Abrams.
  27. Subway (board book). Anastasia Suen. Penguin.
  28. Knuffle Bunny. Mo Willems. Hyperion.
  29. Watchmen (pb). Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. DC Comics.
  30. The Road (pb). Cormac McCarthy. Random House.
  31. Mannahatta. Eric Sanderson. Abrams.
  32. Double Life is Twice As Good (pb) . Jonathan Ames. Simon & Schuster.
  33. Motherless Brooklyn (pb). Jonathan Lethem. Random House.
  34. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (pb). Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith. Quirk.
  35. Wolf Hall. Hilary Mantel. Holt.
  36. Fraction of the Whole (pb). Steve Toltz. Doubleday.
  37. In Defense of Food (pb). Michael Pollan. Penguin.
  38. I Live in Brooklyn. Mari Takabayashi. Houghton Mifflin.
  39. New Moon (pb). Stephanie Meyers. Little, Brown.
  40. Brooklyn Is. James Agee. Fordham University Press.
  41. Twilight (pb). Stephanie Meyer. Little, Brown.
  42. Too Much Happiness. Alice Munro. Random House.
  43. City Weekends (pb). Alison Lowenstein. Universe.
  44. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Last Straw. Jeff Kinney. Abrams.
  45. When You Are Engulfed in Flames (pb). David Sedaris. Little, Brown.
  46. Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown.
  47. Breaking Dawn. Stephanie Meyer. Little, Brown.
  48. Girl Who Played With Fire. Steig Larsson. Random House.
  49. Fortress of Solitude (pb). Jonathan Lethem. Random House.
  50. Fantastic Mr. Fox (pb). Roald Dahl. Penguin.
  51. This Is New York. M. Sasek. Universe.
  52. Wild the Wild Things Are (pb). Maurice Sendak. HarperCollins.
  53. Out Stealing Horses (pb). Per Petterson. St. Martin’s Press.
  54. Mysterious Benedict Society (pb). Trenton Stewart. Little, Brown.
  55. American Wife (pb). Curtis Sittenfeld. Times Books.
  56. 3 Cups of Tea (pb). Greg Mortenson. Penguin.
  57. Let the Great World Spin. Colum McCann. Random House.
  58. Where the Wild Things Are. Maurice Sendak. HarperCollins.
  59. Consider the Lobster (pb). David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown.
  60. Lightning Thief (pb). Rick Riordan. Hyperion.
  61. Lowboy. John Wray. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  62. Last Olympian. Rick Riordan. Hyperion.
  63. Time Traveler’s Wife (pb). Audrey Niffennegger. Harcourt.
  64. Hold Love Strong. Matthew Aaron Goodman. Simon & Schuster.
  65. Recipe Club. Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel. Polhemus House.
  66. Bicycle Diaries. David Byrne. Penguin.
  67. Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society (pb). Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. Doubleday.
  68. Homer & Langley. E.L. Doctorow. Random House.
  69. Lost City of Z. David Grann. Doubleday.
  70. Song Is You. Arthur Philllips. Random House.
  71. Good Thief (pb). Hannah Tinti. Doubleday.
  72. The Gift (pb). Lewis Hyde. Random House.
  73. Commencement. J. Sullivan. Random House.
  74. Zagat New York City Restaurants 2010 (pb). Zagat Survey.
  75. Walking Brooklyn (pb). Adrienne Onofri. Wilderness Press.
  76. Strength In What Remains. Tracy Kidder. Random House.
  77. Patchwork Planet (pb). Jonathan Lethem & Kate Milford.В  Soft Skull Press/BookCourt.
  78. The Reader (pb). Bernhard Schlink. Random House.
  79. Art of Simple Food. Alice Waters. Random House.
  80. Up In the Old Hotel (pb). Joseph Mitchell. Random House.
  81. NFT Guide to Brooklyn 2009 (pb). Not For Tourists.
  82. Knuffle Bunny Too. Mo Willems. Hyperion.
  83. Goodnight Moon (board book). Margaret Wise Brown. HarperCollins.
  84. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (pb). Judi Barrett. Simon & Schuster.
  85. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jeff Kinney. Abrams.
  86. When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead. Random House.
  87. The Help. Kathryn Stockett. Putnam.
  88. When Things Fall Apart (pb). Pema Chodron. Shambhala.
  89. Poop. Nicole Davies. Candlewick.
  90. Forever War (pb). Dexter Filkins. Random House.
  91. Man in the Dark (pb). Paul Auster. St. Martin’s Press.
  92. Island at the Center of the World (pb). Russell Shorto. Random House.
  93. Best American Non-Required Reading (pb). Dave Eggers (editor).В  Houghton Mifflin.
  94. Shadow of the Wind (pb). Carlos Zafon. Penguin.
  95. Eating Animals. Jonathan Safron Foer. Little, Brown.
  96. Plague of Doves (pb). Louise Erdrich. HarperCollins.
  97. What is the What (pb). Dave Eggers. Random House.
  98. Lazarus Project (pb). Aleksandar Hemon. Riverhead.
  99. Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City (pb). Leslie Day.В Johns Hopkins University Press.
  100. Fly-Over State. Emma Straub. Flatmancrooked.

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