#TBT: 2009

Popular Books Published in 2009

The Lost Symbol / Dan Brown

A mysterious clue leading to a series of puzzles; a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing; ancient secrets; mysterious organizations that link past to present. (FIC BROWN, DAN)

 

Catching Fire / Suzanne Collins

By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. (TEEN FIC COLLINS)

The Maze Runner / James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. (TEEN FIC DASHNER)

 

Dark Places / Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. She escaped and survived to later testify that her 15-year-old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later she is contacted by “The Kill Club” and pumped for information they hope to use to free Ben. Libby hatches a plan to profit from her tragic past but ends up being chased by a killer. (FIC FLYNN)

If I Stay / Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. (TEEN FIC FORMAN)

 

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures / Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell (The Tipping Point ) has gathered 22 of his pieces that have appeared in The New Yorker since 1996, arranging them into three sections: “Obsessive, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius,” “Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses,” and “Personality, Character and Intelligence.” (302 GLA)

The White Queen / Phillipa Gregory

A tale of the Wars of the Roses follows Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery. (FIC GREGORY)

 

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen / Christopher McDougall

McDougall reveals the secrets of the world’s greatest distance runners–the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico–and how he trained for the challenge of a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of super-athletic Americans. (796.424 MCD)

The Last Olympian / Rick Riordan

The long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy Jackson’s sixteenth birthday unfolds as he leads an army of young demigods to stop Kronos in his advance on New York City, while the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster, Typhon. (J FIC / J PBK / TEEN FIC RIORDAN)

 

The Help / Kathryn Stockett

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. (FIC STOCKETT)

 

Did you know? The cost of a Superbowl ad in 2009 was $3,000,000. 

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