Although a bunch of new titles are still to come in 2009, Publishers Weekly released its top 10 list for the year. Included on PW's list is one of my favorites, Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon.
Here are the rest of their picks:
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes.
Big Machine: A Novel
by Victor LaValle.
Cheever: A Life
by Blake Bailey.
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
by Neil Sheehan.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
by Geoff Dyer.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann.
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
by Matthew B. Crawford.
Stitches: A Memoir
Stitches by David Small (Norton).