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Top-selling books of 2009

Ever wonder what the best-selling novels were in the year just gone by? We're not necessarily talking about the best fiction of the year, but rather, the books that garnered the most sales. According to marketingcharts.com, they were, in order:

1) " The Lost Symbol," by Dan Brown. A 509-page puzzler, this was Brown's long-awaited first novel after "The Da Vinci Code."

2) " The Shack," by William P. Young. This Christian novel in which a grieving father meets God was written by a former office manager and hotel night clerk in Oregon.

3) " The Time Traveler's Wife," by Audrey Niffenegger. This debut novel by Niffenegger was published in 2003, but interest in the movie version sparked big sales in 2009.

4) " The Associate," by John Grisham. The author's 21st novel.

5) " The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," by Mary Ann Shaffer. The book follows the WWII-era exploits of a Nazi-foiling book club.

6) " The Help," by Kathryn Stockett . Another debut novel, "The Help" details the lives of black maids in '60s Mississippi and the white women they work for.

7) " The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson. A crime novel by the late Swedish author and journalist.

8) " The Host," by Stephenie Meyer. The first adult novel by the author of the phenomenally successful "Twilight" series.

9) " Olive Kitteridge," by Elizabeth Strout. The author won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for this collection of 13 interlinked short stories set in small-town Maine.

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