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25 Books to Remember from 2003

Alabanza
Alabanza New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 By Espada, Martín, 1957- (Book - 2003 ) 811 Espada and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"Alabanza" means praise, and these poems brilliantly honor those least likely to receive it.

All the Shah's Men
All the Shah's Men An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror By Kinzer, Stephen (Book - 2003 ) 955.053 K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A shocking account of the U.S. overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran.

Black Earth
Black Earth A Journey Through Russia After the Fall By Meier, Andrew (Book - 2003 ) 914.7048 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An inspired Russophile takes us on an eye-opening, heartrending, terrifying, yet celebratory journey through the world's biggest country.

The Bounty
The Bounty The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty By Alexander, Caroline, 1956- (Book - 2003 ) 996.18 A and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An engrossing reconstruction of the ever-fascinating 18th-century mutiny and court martial.

Brick Lane
Brick Lane By Ali, Monica, 1967- (Book - 2003 ) FIC A All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2

Annotation:A stunning first novel takes Nazneen from her birth in rural Bangladesh to an arranged marriage in London.

The Coffee Trader
The Coffee Trader A Novel By Liss, David, 1966- (Book - 2004 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:An intoxicating blend of Dutch history and commerce create the backdrop for this suspenseful novel.

The Commissariat of Enlightenment
The Commissariat of Enlightenment By Kalfus, Ken (Book - 2003 ) FIC K Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Black humor pervades this tale of the dying Tolstoy, the rising Stalin, and the not-yet-dead Lenin.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time By Haddon, Mark (Book - 2004 ) FIC H and more… View electronic book »

Annotation:A remarkably portrayed autistic boy, accused of killing his neighbor's dog, investigates and uncovers more than he set out to.

The Dante Club
The Dante Club By Pearl, Matthew (Book - 2003 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:In 19th-century Boston, literary geniuses solve grisly murders committed à la Dante's Inferno.

Dark Lover
Dark Lover The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino By Leider, Emily Wortis (Book - 2003 ) B Valentino L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The short life and enduring legacy of the first sex symbol of the Jazz Age.

Dry
Dry By Burroughs, Augusten (Book - 2003 ) B Burroughs and more… All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 7

Annotation:A moving yet funny account of a descent into alcoholism and ascent to recovery.

The Emperor of Scent
The Emperor of Scent A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses By Burr, Chandler, 1963- (Book - 2002 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:One man's unrelenting quest to unravel one of the last great mysteries of the human body: our sense of smell.

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies
A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies By Murray, John, 1962- (Book - 2003 ) FIC M All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Science and medicine are skillfully woven with love and obsession in this collection of short stories set in exotic locations.

The Final Confession of Mabel Stark
The Final Confession of Mabel Stark By Hough, Robert, 1963- (Book - 2003 ) FIC H Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The greatest female tiger trainer in history as seen through the fine lens of a novelist's eye.

Goya
Goya By Hughes, Robert, 1938- (Book - 2003 ) B Goya H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A richly illustrated, intensely human portrait of the great artist.

I'm Not Scared
I'm Not Scared By Ammaniti, Niccolò, 1966- (Book - 2003 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A shocking discovery forces a young Italian boy to confront deceit and betrayal.

Khrushchev
Khrushchev The Man and His Era By Taubman, William (Book - 2003 ) B Khrushchev T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The definitive biography of the man who inspired terror and fear, and made duck-and-cover drills a part of our everyday life.

Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling
Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling By King, Ross, 1962- (Book - 2003 ) 759.5 K and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:Agony, ecstasy, and the truth about the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Mountains Beyond Mountains
Mountains Beyond Mountains By Kidder, Tracy (Book - 2003 ) B Farmer K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Dr. Paul Farmer, the profoundly humane MacArthur "genius," epidemiologist, and world-class Robin Hood, sets out to cure the poorest of Haiti and beyond.

My Life as A Fake
My Life as A Fake By Carey, Peter, 1943- (Book - 2003 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A wildly inventive novel about an audacious hoax and its nightmarish aftermath.

Star of the Sea
Star of the Sea By O'Connor, Joseph, 1963- (Book - 2004 ) FIC O All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Murder, scandal, and Irish history are intertwined aboard an America-bound vessel.

Stiff
Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers By Roach, Mary (Book - 2003 ) 611 R and more… All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 23

Annotation:Death can be great fun in this humorous yet compassionate look at the postmortem uses of bodies donated to science.

Triangle
Triangle The Fire That Changed America By Von Drehle, David, 1961- (Book - 2003 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A human face and historical context for the harrowing story of a transforming event.

The Voice at 3:00 A.m
The Voice at 3:00 A.m Selected Late & New Poems By Simic, Charles, 1938- (Book - 2003 ) 811 Simic and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Two decades of lyrical wit and delightfully sardonic observations from an award-winning poet.

The Way to Paradise
The Way to Paradise By Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936- (Book - 2003 ) FIC V and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This brilliant biographical novel alternates the stories of social activist Flora Tristan and her grandson, painter Paul Gauguin, both seekers of "paradise."

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Books to Remember is an annual list of 25 titles chosen for their ability to provide an informative or transformative reading experience for adults. Selection criteria include literary excellence, aesthetic appeal, uniqueness of concept and command of subject matter. These books were selected by the following committee from the staff of The New York Public Library: Jennifer Craft, Kari Evans, Michael Hearn, Co-chair, Elizabeth Joseph, Karenann Jurecki, Co-chair, Rosemary Murray, Jutta Zaplinski Selected titles appearing on this booklist may be available in recorded, braille or large print versions.


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