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AbeBooks is the world’s best source for finding and buying signed books. Our list of the bestselling signed books of 2009 provides a cross-section of the year’s major literary events and books that captured the imagination of countless readers. The top 25 features three titles from authors who passed away during the year - two from John Updike and one from Frank McCourt - plus critically-acclaimed novels, such as Hilary Mantel's Booker-winner Wolf Hall, Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski and The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

The Top 25:

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
1. Let the Great World Spin
Colum McCann

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2. The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman


The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. The Angel's Game
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
5. The Children's Book
A.S. Byatt

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
6. South of Broad
Pat Conroy

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7. Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel


Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
10. Angela's Ashes
Frank McCourt

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
11. That Old Cape Magic
Richard Russo

The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike
12. The Widows of Eastwick
John Updike


The Help by Kathryn Stockett
13. The Help
Kathryn Stockett

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
14. The Little Stranger
Sarah Waters

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
15. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
David Benedictus

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
16. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
David Wroblewski

Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin
17. Magnificent Desolation
Buzz Aldrin


The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
18. The Witches of Eastwick
John Updike

Drood by Dan Simmons
19. Drood
Dan Simmons

Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
20. Homer & Langley
E.L. Doctorow

Fool by Christopher Moore
22. Fool
Christopher Moore


Nocturnes by John Connolly
23. Nocturnes
John Connolly

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
24. The Vagrants
Yiyun Li

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
25. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
Allison Hoover Bartlett



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