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Massachusetts Book Census for the Year 2009

Each year the Massachusetts Center for the Book will report on books published by Massachusetts writers or about commonwealth themes. Contact us to add a book published in 2009 to the list: bookawards@massbook.org.

Fiction  |   Nonfiction  |   Poetry  |   Children's/Young Adult


Amidon, Stephen. Security (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Burroughs, Augusten. You Better Not Cry (St. Martin 's Press)

Conant-Park, Jessica. Fed Up (Berkley Prime Crime)

Crowley, John. Four Freedoms (William Morrow)

Delinsky, Barbara. While My Sister Sleeps (Doubleday)

Diamant, Anita. Day After Night (Scribner)

Ephron, Hallie. Never Tell a Lie (William Morrow)

Fairstein, Linda. The Prosecution Rests (Little, Brown and Company)

Fay, Juliette. Shelter Me (Avon A)

Finder, Joseph. Vanished (St. Martin 's Press)

Gaspar, Frank X. Stealing Fatima (Counterpoint)

Gilman, Greer. Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter's Tales (Small Beer Press)

Goldenbaum, Sally. Patterns in the Sand (Obsidian)

Griffin, Lynne. Life Without Summer (St. Martin 's Press)

Hilderbrand, Elin. The Castaways (Back Bay Books)

Hoffman, Alice. The Story Sisters (Shaye Areheart Books)

Hoffman, Richard. Interference and Other Stories (New Rivers Press)

Howe, Katherine. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Hyperion Books / VOICE)

Klein, Daniel. The History of Now (The Permanent Press)

Lipman, Elinor. The Famliy Man (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

McCaffrey, Vincent. Hound: a novel (Small Beer Press)

Mills, Marge. In Iraq By Mother's Day: Letters To My Son (Createrspace)

Mills, Marge. My Son Is Drowning and I Don't Know How To Swim: An Adoption Story (Createrspace)

Noyes, Deborah. Sideshow (Candlewick Press)

Patterson, Richard North. Eclipse (Henry Holt and Company)

Pearl, Matthew. The Last Dickens (Random House)

Phillips, Jayne Anne. Lark & Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)

Pipkin, John. Woods Burner (Anchor)

Robillard, G. Xavier. Captain Freedom (Harper Paperbacks)

Ronald, Margaret. Spiral Hunt (Eos)

Russo, Richard. That Old Cape Magic (Alfred A. Knopf)

Sanow, Anne. Triple Time (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Shattuck, Jessica. Perfect Life (W. W. Norton)

Sheehan, Jacqueline. Now & Then (Avon A)

Shrayer, Maxim D. Yom Kippur in Amsterdam (Syracuse University Press)

Shreve, Anita. A Change in Altitude (Little, Brown and Company)

Sigel, Efrem. The Disappearance (The Permanent Press)

Sullivan, J. Courtney. Commencement (Alfred A. Knopf)

Treat, Jessica. Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters (BOA Editions, Ltd.)

Updike, David. Old Girlfriends (St. Martin 's Press)

Wiesel, Elie. A Mad Desire to Dance (Alfred A. Knopf)

Winn, Tracy. Mrs. Somebody Somebody (Southern Methodist University Press)

Zeltserman , Dave. Pariah (Serpent's Tail)



Anthony, Michael. Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq (Adams Media)

Baker, James. Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday (University of New Hampshire Press)

Bass, Amy. Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois (University of Minnesota Press)

Blumenthal, David. The Heart of Power - Health and Politics in the Oval Office (University of California Press)

Boser, Ulrich. Gardner Heist, The (Smithsonian)

Buckley, Steve. Wicked Good Year (It Books)

Burt, Stephen. Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (Graywolf Press)

Cannato, Vincent J. American Passage (Harper)

Davis, John. American Art to 1900: A Documentary History (University of California Press)

Dolan, Neal. Emerson's Liberalism (The University of Wisconsin Press)

Dumanoski, Dianne. The End of the Long Summer (Crown Publishers)

Dwyer Ryan, et al., Meaghan. Becoming American Jews (Brandeis University Press)

East, Elyssa. Dogtown (Free Press)

Friedman, Mickey. A Red Family (University of Illinois Press)

Gilman, Abigail. Viennese Jewish Modernism (Pennsylvania State University Press)

Gilsdorf, Ethan. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks (Lyons Press / GPP)

Gordon, Charlotte. The Woman Who Named God (Little, Brown and Company)

Hamilton, Marsha L. Social and Economic Networks in Early Massachusetts: Atlantic Connections (Pennsylvania State University Press)

Hemenway, David. While We Were Sleeping - Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention (University of California Press)

Howe, Fanny. Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation (Graywolf Press)

Fake, Steven and Kevin Funke. The Scramble for Africa: Darfur -- Invention and the USA (Black Rose Books)

Feinstein, Harold. One Hundred Butterflies (Little, Brown and Company)

Imbert, Dorothée. Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Kalechofsky, Roberta. The Poet-Physician and the Healer-Killer (Micah Publications)

Kinney, Dave. The Big One (Grove/Atlantic Inc.)

Klein, Daniel. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates (Viking)

Kramer, Joey. Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top (HarperOne)

Lamb, Sarah. Aging and the Indian Diaspora (Indiana University Press)

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. The Third Chapter (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

LeClaire, Anne D. Listening Below the Noise (Harper)

Lehr, Dick. Fence, The (Harper)

Lemire, Elise. Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts (The University of Pennsylvania Press)

Leopold, Ellen. Under the Radar (Rutgers University Press)

Lodi, Edward and Yolanda. Cranberry Memories: Voices from the Bogs (Rock Village Publishing)

Losos, Jonathan. Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree (University of California Press)

McGuiggan, Amy. Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Story of the Sensational Baseball Song (University of Nebraska Press)

Mezrich, Ben. Accidental Billionaires (Anchor)

Moushabeck, Micel, (photography by Hiltrud Schulz). Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa (Interlink Books, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.)

Nathan, Linda F. The Hardest Questions Aren't on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School (Beacon Press)

Penna, Anthony (co-editor). Remaking Boston: An Environmental History of the City and Its Surroundings (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Pleshakov, Constantine. There Is No Freedom Without Bread! (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Rappaport, Nancy. In Her Wake (Basic Books)

Reisen, Harriet. Louisa May Alcott (Henry Holt and Company)

Rogovoy, Seth. Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet (Scribner)

Rose, Daniel Asa. Larry's Kidney (William Morrow)

Sabbag, Robert. Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival (Penguin Group (USA)-Viking)

Sagan, Dorion and Tyler Volk. Sex and Death (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Sandel, Michael. Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Sherman, Casey. Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains (University Press of New England)

Sinclair, Jill. Fresh Pond: The History of a Cambridge Landscape (The MIT Press)

Smith, Joanna. The Art of Doing Good (University of California Press)

Stauffer, John. The State of Jones (Doubleday)

Sunstein, Cass R. A Constitution of Many Minds (Princeton University Press)

Tatar, Maria. Enchanted Hunters (W. W. Norton)

Tye, Larry. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend (Random House)

Various, Various. Inbound 4: A Comic Book History of Boston (Boston Comics Roundtable)

Velvel, Lawrence. America 2008 (Doukathsan Press)

Velvel, Lawrence. Madoff: The First Six Months (Doukathsan Press)

Waksman, Steve. This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press)

Wardrop, Daneen. Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing (University of New Hampshire Press)

Woodward, Hobson. A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest (Penguin Group (USA)-Viking)

Worcester Historical Society. Landscape of Industry: An Industrial History of the Blackstone Valley (University Press of New England)

Zaremba, Alan. The Madness of March: Bonding and and Betting with the Boys in Las Vegas (University of Nebraska Press)


Amorosi, Ray. In Praise (Lost Horse Press)

Bane Robert, Jessica. Scarred Seasons (Finishing Line Press)

Bouchard, Alfred. The Fogg (Loom Press)

Bouvard, Marguerite Guzman. The Unpredictability of Light (Word Press)

Brooks, Bob. Three-season-Views (Finishing Line Press)

Brooks, Dorian. The Wren's Cry (Ibbetson Street Press)

Cader, Teresa. History of Hurricanes (Northwestern University Press)

Cohen, Andrea. Long Division (Salmon Poetry Ltd.)

Crispo Jones, Karyn. Building a Second Home (Finishing Line Press)

Demas, Corinne. The Donkeys Postpone Gratification (Finishing Line Press)

Gauthier, Marie. Hunger All Inside (Finishing Line Press)

Gilbert, Jack. The Dance Most of All (Alfred A. Knopf)

Gluck, Louise. A Village Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Goodwin, Frederick Farryl. Virgil's Cow (Miami University Press)

Greene, Dick. Explorations (Antrim House)

Hasouris, Philip. Blow out the Moon (Beachcomber Press)

Haug, James. Legend of the Recent Past (National Poetry Review Press)

Houlihan, Joan. The Us (Tupelo Press)

Kendig, Diane. The Places We Find Ourselves (Finishing Line Press)

King, Mignon Ariel. The Woods Have Words (Ibbetson Street Press)

Larrabee, Hannah. Virgo (Finishing Line Press)

Lightman, Alan. Song of Two Worlds (A K Peters, Ltd.)

Lourie, Dick. If the Delta Was the Sea (Hanging Loose Press)

Marchant, Fred. The Looking House (Graywolf Press)

Oliver, Mary. Evidence (Beacon Press)

Olstein, Lisa. Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon Press)

Roberts, Janine. The Body Alters (Slate Roof Press)

Ronan, John. Marrowbone Lane (Backwaters Press)

Ross, Anna. Hawk Weather (Finishing Line Press)

Schneeloch, Jane. Climbing to the Moon (Finishing Line Press)

Slate, Ron. The Great Wave (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Slavitt, Daivd. The Seven Deadly Sins and Other Poems (LSU Press)

Stern, Bert. Steerage (Ibbetson Street Press)

Tandon, Jason. Give Over to the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence Press)

Wedmore, Suellen. On Marriage and Other Parallel Universes (Finishing Line Press)

Whitley, James. This Is the Red Door (Ironweed Press)

Whitley, James. The Goddess of Goodbye (Word Press)

Wier, Dara. Selected Poems (Wave Books)

Wright, Franz. Wheeling Motel (Alfred A. Knopf)


Children's/Young Adult Literature

Ablon Whitney, Kim. The Other Half of Life (Alfred A. Knopf)

Abrahams, Peter. Reality Check (HarperCollins)

Alter, Anna. Abigail Spells (Knopf)

Alter, Anna. What Can you Do with and Old Red Shoe (Henry Holt BFYR, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

Anderson, M.T. Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Bang, Molly. All of Me! A Book of Thanks (Scholastic)

Bang, Molly. Living Sunlight How Plants Bring the Earth to Life (Scholastic)

Barnholdt, Lauren. Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Bond, Rebecca. In the Belly of an Ox (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Brallier, Jess M. Tess's Tree (HarperCollins)

Canetti, Yanitzia. I Can Be President, Too! (CBH Books)

Caple, Kathy. Termite Tales (Candlewick)

Cashore, Kristin. Fire (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Clements, Andrew. Extra Credit (Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Davies, Jacqueline. Tricking the Tallyman (Alfred A. Knopf)

deGroat, Diane. April Fool! Watch Out at School! (Harper Collins)

deGroat, Diane. Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth (Scholastic)

Demas, Corinne. Always in Trouble (Scholastic)

Dembar Greene, Jaqueline. Meet Rebecca (American Girl Publishing)

Dionne, Erin. Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies (Dial Books for Young Readers)

DiTerlizzi, Tony & Angela. Big Fun! (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

DiTerlizzi, Tony & Angela. Wet Friend! (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Doyle, Marissa. Betraying Season (Henry Holt)

Easton, Kelly. The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes (Wendy Lamb Books)

Feiffer, Kate. My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life (Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Feiffer, Kate. The Problem with the Puddles (Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Feiffer, Kate. Which Puppy? (Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Frederick, Heather Vogel. Dear Pen Pal (Simon & Schuster)

Gerstein, Mordicai. A Book (Roaring Brook Press)

Gerstein, Mordicai. Minifred Goes to School (HarperCollins)

Gibson, Marley. Ghosthunters Book 1: The Awakening (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Gibson, Marley. Ghosthunters Book 2: The Guidance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Gibson, Marley. The Other Side: A Teen's Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Golson, Terry. Tillie Lays an Egg (Scholastic)

Grenon, Ingrid. Simply This (Antrim House Books)

Haines, Lise. Girl in the Arena (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Harper, Jamie. Blast Off, Baby Bundt (Candlewick)

Harper, Jamie. Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill (Candlewick)

Harper, Jamie. Yum, Yum, Baby Bundt! (Candlewick)

Hobbie, Holly. Fanny and Annabelle (Little, Brown)

James, B.P. Land of the Left Sock (Createspace)

Judge, Lita. Pennies For Elephants (Disney-Hyperion)

Karlins, Mark. Starring Lorenzo, and Einstein Too (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Ketchum, Liza. Newsgirl (Viking Children's Books)

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Abrams/Amulet Books)

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Abrams/Amulet Books)

Kladstrup, Kristin. The Gingerbread Pirates (Candlewick)

Kovacs, Deborah. Catie Copley's Great Escape (David R. Godine, Publisher)

Krensky, Stephen. Chaucer's First Winter (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Krensky, Stephen. What Do You See?: A Lift-the-Flap Book About Endangered Animals (Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Lang/Wunsch, Glenna/Marjory. Genius of Common Sense (David R. Godine, Publisher)

Laroche, Giles. What's Inside? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Lasky, Katherine. Georgia Rises (Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publsihing Group)

Lasky, Kathryn. Daughters of the Sea (Scholastic)

Lasky, Kathryn. Two Bad Pilgrims (Viking Children's Books)

Lechner, John. Sticky Burr and the Prickly Peril (Candlewick)

Lechner, John. The Clever Stick (Candlewick)

Libby, Alisa. The King's Rose (Dutton Children's Books)

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown)

Lowery Collins, Pat. Hidden Voices: The Orphan Musicians of Venice (Candlewick)

Lowry, Lois. Crow Call (Scholastic)

Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird is So Absurd (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Lyon, George Ella. You and Me and Home Sweet Home (Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

MacLachlan, Patricia. The True Gift: A Christmas Story (Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Mann, Charles C. Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 (Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Markey, Kevin. The Super Sluggers: Slumpbuster (HarperCollins)

McDonnell, Christine. Dog Wants to Play (Viking Children's Books)

Muirhead, Margaret. Mabel, One and Only (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Noyes, Deborah. Prudence & Moxie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

O'Callahan, Jay. Raspberries! (Philomel Books)

O'Connor, Barbara. The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publsihing Group)

Palantini, Margie. Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Paratore, Coleen Murtagh. Kip Campbell's Gift (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Parker, Robert B.. Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel (Philomel Books)

Pennypacker, Sara. Sparrow Girl (Disney Hyperion)

Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper (Delacorte)

Peters, Stephanie True. Rumble Tum (Dutton Children's Books)

Redmond, E.S.. Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo (Candlewick)

Reynolds, Peter. Rose's Garden (Candlewick)

Reynolds, Peter. The North Star (Candlewick)

Rial, Nancy. Alan’s Letters. (Self)

Rosenthal, Marc. Archie and the Pirates (HarperCollins)

Runyon, Brent. Surface Tension (Alfred A. Knopf)

Sanderson, Ruth. Goldilocks (Little, Brown and Company)

Schertle, Alice. Button Up (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Schertle, Alice. Little Blue Truck Leads the Way (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Silvey, Anita. Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book (Roaring Brook Press)

Singer, Marilyn. I'm Getting a Checkup. (Clarion Books)

Sniegoski, Tom. Legacy (Delacorte)

Stewart, Melissa. A Place for Birds (Peachtree Publishers)

Stewart, Melissa. Under the Snow (Peachtree Publishers)

Stolarz, Laurie Faria . Black is for Beginnings (Flux)

Stolarz, Laurie Faria . Deadly Little Lies (Disney-Hyperion)

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World (Scholastic)

Sussman, Michael. Otto Grows Down (Sterling)

Whitesides, Barbara. Sugar Comes from Arabic: A Beginner's Guide to Arabic Letters and Words (Interlink Books, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.)

Willems, Mo. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (Hyperion Books For Children)

Wolf-Morgenländer, Karl. Ragtag (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Yolen, Jane. Dragon's Heart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You (Scholastic)

Yolen, Jane. My Uncle Emily (Philomel Books)

Yolen, Jane. The Scarecrow's Dance (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)