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25 Books to Remember from 2002

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.

NYPL Selection
Art Lover

By Gill, Anton

Art Lover
Art Lover

By Gill, Anton

A revealing portrait of the lively and legendary art patron.

Book - 2002

The Club of Angels

By Veríssimo, Luís Fernando

The Club of Angels
The Club of Angels

By Veríssimo, Luís Fernando

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

Book - 2002

Cogito, Ergo Sum

By Watson, Richard A.

Cogito, Ergo Sum
Cogito, Ergo Sum

By Watson, Richard A.

This contemplative biography challenges myths about the mathematician and philosopher.

Book - 2002

The Crimson Petal and the White

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

Book - 2002

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W

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

Book - 2002

The Dive From Clausen's Pier

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

Book - 2002

The Dream of Scipio

By Pears, Iain

The Dream of Scipio
The Dream of Scipio

By Pears, Iain

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

Paperback - 2002

Enemy Women

By Jiles, Paulette

Enemy Women
Enemy Women

By Jiles, Paulette

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

Book - 2002

Hart Crane

By Fisher, Clive

Hart Crane
Hart Crane

By Fisher, Clive

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

Book - 2002

The Impressionist

By Kunzru, Hari

The Impressionist
The Impressionist

By Kunzru, Hari

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

Book - 2002

Insect Dreams

By Estrin, Marc

Insect Dreams
Insect Dreams

By Estrin, Marc

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

Book - 2002

Into the Buzzsaw

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Into the Buzzsaw
Into the Buzzsaw

The author of this item is not available

Provocative essays that underscore the dangerous trends in American journalism.

Book - 2002

Jesse James

By Stiles, T. J.

Jesse James
Jesse James

By Stiles, T. J.

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

Book - 2002

The Little Friend

By Tartt, Donna

The Little Friend
The Little Friend

By Tartt, Donna

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

Book - 2002

Middlesex

By Eugenides, Jeffrey

Middlesex
Middlesex

By Eugenides, Jeffrey

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

Book - 2002

Natasha's Dance

By Figes, Orlando

Natasha's Dance
Natasha's Dance

By Figes, Orlando

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

Book - 2002

Noble Obsession

By Slack, Charles

Noble Obsession
Noble Obsession

By Slack, Charles

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

Book - 2002

The Pirate Hunter

By Zacks, Richard

The Pirate Hunter
The Pirate Hunter

By Zacks, Richard

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

Book - 2002

Prague

By Phillips, Arthur

Prague
Prague

By Phillips, Arthur

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

Paperback - 2002

The Real McCoy

By Strauss, Darin

The Real McCoy
The Real McCoy

By Strauss, Darin

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

Book - 2002

Reflections and Shadows

By Steinberg, Saul

Reflections and Shadows
Reflections and Shadows

By Steinberg, Saul

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

Book - 2002

A Simple Habana Melody (from When the World Was Good)

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

Book - 2002

This Blinding Absence of Light

By Ben Jelloun, Tahar

This Blinding Absence of Light
This Blinding Absence of Light

By Ben Jelloun, Tahar

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

Book - 2002

The Whore's Child

By Russo, Richard

The Whore's Child
The Whore's Child

By Russo, Richard

Harrowing and compelling short fiction about troubled family relationships.

Book - 2002

Without An Alphabet, Without A Face

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

Book - 2002