2003 Staff Book Picks

In early 2004, Skokie Public Library staff were asked to select their favorite books read in 2003. Here are the results!

Click on the call number to check the status of the book in the Skokie Public Library catalog. And, in case you missed them, it's not too late to see our Annual Staff Picks for books, films, and music from 2002 to the present!


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Hornby, Nick. How to Be Good. 2001.
Fiction HOR
McGilligan, Patrick. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. 2003.
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Russo, Richard. The Whore’s Child and Other Stories. 2002.
Fiction RUS
Steinbach, Alice. Without Reservations. 2000.
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Weisberger, Lauren. The Devil Wears Prada. 2003.
Fiction WEI
                Selected by Cecilia C.
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Franzen, Jonathan. How to Be Alone: Essays. 2002.
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Miller, Sue. The Story of My Father. 2003.
362.196831 M
Remen, Rachel Naomi. My Grandfather's Blessings. 2001.
296.72 R
Sears, Stephen. Gettysburg. 2003.
973.7349 S
Weinstein, Arnold. A Scream Goes through the House: What Literature Teaches Us about Life. 2003.
801.3 W
                Selected by Cheryl S.
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Epstein, Joseph. Fabulous Small Jews. 2003.
Fiction EPS
Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex. 2002.
Fiction EUG
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. 2003.
Fiction LAH
Nifisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran. 2003.
830.9 N
Wolff, Tobias. Old School. 2003.
Fiction WOL
                Selected by Corie G.
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Griffiths, Michael. Bibliophilia. 2003.
Fiction GRI
Heller, Zoe. What Was She Thinking? 2003.
Fiction HEL
Nifisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran. 2003.
830.9 N
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. 2003.
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Thompson, Craig. Blankets: An Illustrated Novel. 2003.
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                Selected by Jennifer P-B.
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Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. 2001.
Fiction BRA
Downing, Michael. Breakfast with Scot. 1999.
Fiction DOW
Halliday, Ayun. The Big Rumpus: A Mother's Tale from the Trenches. 2002.
649.1 H PBK
Ozeki, Ruth L. All Over Creation. 2003.
Fiction OZE
Parent, Marc. Believing It All: What My Children Taught Me about Trout Fishing, Jelly Toast, and Life. 2001.
306.874 P
                Selected by Jessica G.
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Connelly, Michael. Chasing the Dime. 2002.
Mystery CON
Evanovich, Janet. To the Nines. 2003
Mystery EVA
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. 2003.
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Patterson, James. The Big Bad Wolf. 2003.
Fiction PAT
Waldman, Ayelet. The Big Nap. 2001.
Mystery WAL
                Selected by Julie M.
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MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Fall on Your Knees. 1996.
Fiction MAC
MacDonald, Ann-Marie. The Way the Crow Flies. 2003.
Fiction MAC
                Selected by Laura H.
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Collins, Billy. Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems. 2001.
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Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. 2000.
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Erdritch, Louise. Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. 2001.
Fiction ERD
McCall Smith, Alexander. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. 2002.
Mystery MCC
Stewart, Chris. Driving over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia. 1999.
946.8 S
                Selected by Lukie M.
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Cushman, Karen. Rodzina. 2003.
Youth Fiction CUS
Hoeye, Michael. Time Stops for No Mouse: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure. 2002.
Voice of Youth Fiction HOE
Martin, Valerie. Property. 2003.
Fiction MAR
Spinney, Caroll. The Wisdom of Big Bird. 2003.
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Sternig, Barbara. Secrets of a Tabloid Reporter. 2002.
071.3 S
                Selected by Mandy O.
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Conason, Joe. Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth. 2003.
973.931 C
Hedges, Chris. War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. 2002.
355.02 H
Ivins, Molly. Bushwhacked. 2003.
973.931 I
Kriwaczek, Paul. In Search of Zarathustra: The First Prophet and the Ideas That Changed the World. 2003.
295 K
Pagels, Elaine. Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas. 2003.
229.8 P
                Selected by Mark K.
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Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. 2002.
Fiction KID
Lehane, Dennis. Shutter Island. 2003.
Mystery LEH
MacDonald, Ann-Marie. The Way the Crow Flies. 2003.
Fiction MAC
Trigiani, Adriana. Lucia, Lucia. 2003.
Fiction TRI
Winspear, Jacqueline. Maisie Dobbs. 2003.
Fiction WIN
                Selected by Mary C.
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The Best American Nonrequired Reading. 2003.
810.8006 B
Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Blue Flower. 1995.
Fiction FIT
Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. 2002.
Fiction KID
Maher, Bill. When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help fight the War on Terrorism. 2002.
973.931 M
Vijayaraghavan, Vineeta. Motherland. 2001.
Fiction VIJ
                Selected by Maryann M.
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Benfey, Christopher E.G. The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan. 2003.
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Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel's Dart. 2001.
Science Fiction CAR
Liss, David. The Coffee Trader. 2003.
Mystery LIS
McCafferty, Kate. Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl. 2002.
Fiction MCC
Truong, Monique T.D. The Book of Salt. 2003.
Fiction TRU
                Selected by Michaela H.
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Flook, Maria. Invisible Eden. 2003.
364.1523 F
Fusilli, Jim. A Well-known Secret. 2002.
Mystery FUS
Lipman, Elinor. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift. 2003.
Fiction LIP
Pedersen, Laura. Beginner's Luck. 2003.
Fiction PED PBK
Umrigar, Thrity. Bombay Time. 2001.
Fiction UMR
                Selected by Pam W.
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Collins, Billy. Poetry 180: A Turn Back to Poetry. 2003.
811.608 P
Hadden, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2003.
Fiction HAD
Hemingway, Earnest. The Nick Adams Stories. 1972.
Fiction HEM
McEwan, Ian. Atonement. 2001.
Fiction MCE
Origo, Iris. War in Val d'Orcia: 1943-1944: A Diary. 1947.
940.5345 O
                Selected by Pat G.
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Cleverly, Beverly. Ragtime in Simla. 2002.
Mystery CLE
Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. 2002.
Fiction KID
Landvik, Lorna. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. 2003.
Fiction LAN
Lehane, Dennis. Shutter Island. 2003.
Mystery LEH
Spencer-Fleming, Julia. In the Bleak Midwinter. 2002.
Mystery SPE
                Selected by Ricki N.
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Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. 2003.
Fiction HOS
MacDonald, Ann-Marie. The Way the Crow Flies. 2003.
Fiction MAC
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi. 2003.
Fiction MAR
Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks. 2003.
808.042071 S
Tremain, Rose. The Colour. 2003.
Fiction TRE
                Selected by Roseann S.
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Fforde, Jasper. Thursday Next in Lost in a Good Book. 2002.
Science Fiction FFO
Hart, Erin. Haunted Ground. 2003.
Mystery HAR
Hillerman, Tony. The Sinister Pig. 2003.
Mystery HIL
Peters, Elizabeth. Children of the Storm. 2003.
Mystery PET
Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. 1999.
Youth Fiction SNI
                Selected by Sharon W.
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Beranbaum, Rose Levy. The Bread Bible. 2003.
641.815 B
Earley, Tony. Jim the Boy. 2000.
Fiction EAR
Greene, Graham. The Quiet American. 1973.
Fiction GRE PBK
Hazzard, Shirley. The Great Fire. 2003.
Fiction HAZ
Rubin, Nancy. Isabella of Castile. 1991.
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                Selected by Sheila D.
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Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Blue Flower. 1995.
Fiction FIT
Hansen, Ron. Mariette in Ecstasy. 1991.
Fiction HAN
Marai, Sandor. Embers. 2001.
Fiction MAR
Russo, Richard. The Whore’s Child and Other Stories. 2002.
Fiction RUS
Wood, James. The Book against God. 2003.
Fiction WOO
                Selected by Steven J.
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Brooks, Geraldine. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. 2001.
Fiction BRO
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 2001.
305.569 E
Enger, Leif. Peace Like A River. 2001.
Fiction ENG
Kidder, Tracy. Mountains Beyond Mountains. 2003.
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Waldman, Ayelet. Daughter's Keeper. 2003.
Fiction WAL
                Selected by Terry R.