If you were held spellbound by the documentary film Man on Wire, you’ll already have a connection to the 2009 National Book Award winner for fiction. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is the story of a diverse group of New Yorkers who are touched by Philippe Petit’s highwire dance between the Twin Towers in 1974. In the nonfiction category, T.J. Stiles won for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Other finalists:
Also making news are the 100 Notable Books of 2009, an annual tradition of The New York Times. Take a look, and let us know which ones are deserving and which titles were overlooked!