#TBT: 2001

Popular books published in 2001

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares

Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants. (TEEN FIC BRASHARES)


Year of Wonders / Geraldine Brooks

In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar’s maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. (FIC BROOKS)

Summer Island / Kristin Hannah

Nora Bridge is a woman who walked out on her marriage and left her two daughters behind. Now she’s a radio talk show host and syndicated newspaper columnist. Her daughter Ruby is a comedienne who uses her mother as fuel for her humor. The two haven’t spoken in more than a decade. The tabloids unearth a scandal from Nora’s past and offer Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. But first Ruby needs to know her well enough to write the story. (FIC HANNAH)

Dead Until Dark / Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn’t date much because of her “disability” to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s the type of guy she’s waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too–he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next. (FIC HARRIS)

Point Blank / Anthony Horowitz

Fourteen-year-old Alex continues to work as a spy for the British MI6, investigating an exclusive school for boys in the French Alps. (J FIC HOROWITZ; TEEN FIC HOROWITZ; J PBK HOROWITZ)


The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd

After her “stand-in mother,” a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters. (FIC KIDD)


Life of Pi / Yann Martel

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain. (FIC MARTEL)


John Adams / David McCullough

Chronicles the life of America’s second president, including his youth, his career as a Massachusetts farmer and lawyer, his marriage to Abigail, his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and his influence on the birth of the United States. (921 ADAMS)


Bel Canto / Ann Patchett

When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa–a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan. (FIC PATCHETT)


Good in Bed / Jennifer Weiner

At first my eyes wouldn’t make sense of the letters. Finally, they unscrambled. Loving a Larger Woman, said the headline, by Bruce Guberman. Bruce Guberman had been my boyfriend for just over three years, until we’d decided to take a break three months ago. And the larger woman, I could only assume, was me. (FIC WEINER)


Did You Know? The first iPod was released on October 23, 2001. It cost $399.00.

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