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2009: The year in books

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best books the Phoenix reviewed in 2009.
True stories - fact and fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009
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Apocalypse wow

At the start of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood , mankind is heaving its last gurgling sighs.
Margaret Atwood unleashes the End Times
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 23, 2009
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Tall tales

This fall brings fiction and poetry lovers new treats from old friends.
Novelists and poets set fancies flying
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 18, 2009
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Big dig

Unsworth and oil in Mesopotamia
Unsworth and oil in Mesopotamia
By CLEA SIMON  |  January 06, 2009
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Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
Gift books for every (perverse) taste
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2008
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Who gives a truth?

Both authors write largely about issues of addiction and abuse, but they couldn’t have more different styles.
Augusten Burroughs and James Frey try to overcome authenticity scandals with grim new books
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 28, 2008


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Can Britney rise again?

The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 18, 2007
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No Reservations

Rage itself becomes a monster.
Author John Burnham Schwartz on adapting his novel, Reservation Road
By JENNY HALPER  |  October 18, 2007
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Out with the book tour?

Powell’s Books is trying out an alternative to the traditional author’s book-reading event to promote a new release.
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By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 06, 2007
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Lions and lambs

The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006