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25 Books to Remember from 2002

Art Lover
Art Lover A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim By Gill, Anton (Book - 2002 ) B Guggenheim G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A revealing portrait of the lively and legendary art patron.

The Club of Angels
The Club of Angels By Veríssimo, Luís Fernando, 1936- (Book - 2002 ) FIC V and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A wildly satirical novel about the monthly gathering of a group of gourmands.

Cogito, Ergo Sum
Cogito, Ergo Sum The Life of René Descartes By Watson, Richard A., 1931- (Book - 2002 ) B Descartes W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This contemplative biography challenges myths about the mathematician and philosopher.

The Crimson Petal and the White
The Crimson Petal and the White By Faber, Michel (Book - 2002 ) FIC F In-library use only in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:Prostitution looms large in this intoxicating novel set in Victorian London.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W By Brownstein, Gabriel (Book - 2002 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Charming, offbeat stories featuring the eccentric tenants of an apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The Dive From Clausen's Pier
The Dive From Clausen's Pier By Packer, Ann, 1959- (Book - 2002 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A riveting novel that examines one woman's struggles with loyalty, betrayal and love.

The Dream of Scipio
The Dream of Scipio By Pears, Iain (Book - 2002 ) FIC P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The impassioned lives of three scholars are linked in this remarkable historical novel.

Enemy Women
Enemy Women By Jiles, Paulette, 1943- (Book - 2002 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The brutal, yet lyrical story of an 18-year-old falsely accused of being a Confederate spy.

Hart Crane
Hart Crane By Fisher, Clive, 1960- (Book - 2002 ) B Crane F All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A comprehensive look at the brilliant and tragic life of the celebrated American poet.

The Impressionist
The Impressionist By Kunzru, Hari, 1969- (Book - 2002 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A lush tale of an embattled young man in colonial India, who goes to extraordinary lengths to survive.

Insect Dreams
Insect Dreams The Half Life of Gregor Samsa By Estrin, Marc (Book - 2002 ) FIC E

Annotation:This astonishing debut novel provides a kaleidoscopic view of the 20th century via Kafka's cockroach.

Into the Buzzsaw
Into the Buzzsaw Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of A Free Press (Book - 2002 ) 323.445 I Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Provocative essays that underscore the dangerous trends in American journalism.

Jesse James
Jesse James Last Rebel of the Civil War By Stiles, T. J. (Book - 2002 ) B James S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A compelling biography of the notorious outlaw placed in the context of Southern Reconstruction.

The Little Friend
The Little Friend By Tartt, Donna (Book - 2002 )

Annotation:A young amateur sleuth is determined to solve the mystery of her brother's murder.

Middlesex
Middlesex By Eugenides, Jeffrey (Book - 2002 ) FIC E In-library use only in some locations Holds: 3

Annotation:A hermaphrodite tells a "Homeric" version of an immigrant family's struggles.

Natasha's Dance
Natasha's Dance A Cultural History of Russia By Figes, Orlando (Book - 2002 ) 947 F and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A fascinating examination of how arts, music and literature influenced Russia's national consciousness.

Noble Obsession
Noble Obsession Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century By Slack, Charles (Book - 2002 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The captivating hard luck story of the man who revolutionized the rubber industry.

The Pirate Hunter
The Pirate Hunter The True Story of Captain Kidd By Zacks, Richard (Book - 2002 ) B Kidd Z All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:An entertaining, richly narrated account of the notorious buccaneer's life.

Prague
Prague By Phillips, Arthur, 1969- (Paperback - 2002 ) FIC P All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A sparkling debut novel wherein five American expats converge in Budapest in search of fortune and romance.

The Real McCoy
The Real McCoy A Novel By Strauss, Darin (Book - 2002 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The impressive story of "Kid" McCoy, a boxer, swindler and bigamist.

Reflections and Shadows
Reflections and Shadows By Steinberg, Saul (Book - 2002 ) B Steinberg Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Saul Steinberg once held a mirror to America; now the artist reflects on his own life and world.

A Simple Habana Melody (from When the World Was Good)
A Simple Habana Melody (from When the World Was Good) A Novel By Hijuelos, Oscar (Book - 2002 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A sensual bittersweet story of a Cuban's composer life and loves.

This Blinding Absence of Light
This Blinding Absence of Light By Ben Jelloun, Tahar, 1944- (Book - 2002 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A disquieting fictional account of how a political prisoner in Morocco survived internment in a desert tomb.

The Whore's Child
The Whore's Child And Other Stories By Russo, Richard, 1949- (Book - 2002 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Harrowing and compelling short fiction about troubled family relationships.

Without An Alphabet, Without A Face
Without An Alphabet, Without A Face Selected Poems By Yūsuf, Saʻdī (Book - 2002 ) 892.71 Yūsuf and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Lyrical, engaging poetry rooted in urban landscape and the politics of place.

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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: Kari Evans, Michael Hearn, Co-chair, Joan Jankell, 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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