The New York Times' Best Books Of 2009

The Book Review has made these selections from books reviewed since Dec. 7, 2008, when we published our previous Notables list. It was not easy picking the winners, and we doubtless made mistakes. To the authors who made the list: congratulations. To the equally deserving ones who did not: our apologies.

The ever expanding literary universe resists generalizing, but one heartening development has been the resurgence of the short story -- and of the short-story writer. Twelve collections made our fiction list, and four biographies of short-story masters are on the nonfiction list.

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