#TBT: 2002

Popular books published in 2002

Feed / M.T. Anderson

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble. (TEEN FIC ANDERSON)


Running with Scissors / Augusten Burroughs

The author describes his bizarre coming-of-age years after his adoption by his mother’s psychiatrist, during which he witnessed such misadventures as a fake suicide attempt and front-lawn family/patient sleepovers. (921 BURROUGHS)


Everything is Illuminated / Jonathan Safran Foer

Hilarious, energetic, and profoundly touching, a debut novel follows a young writer as he travels to the farmlands of eastern Europe, where he embarks on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and, guided by his young Ukrainian translator, he discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future. (FIC FOER)

Coraline / Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others. (J FIC GAIMAN)


Hoot / Carl Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. (J FIC HIAASEN)


Eragon / Christopher Paolini

When fifteen-year-old Eragon comes to learn that he is a gifted Dragon Rider, he realizes that his destiny is to fight the evil powers that will bring complete destruction to the Empire and so leaves his quiet life as a farm boy to succeed in his one true mission in life. (TEEN FIC PAOLINI)


The Beach House / James Patterson

When his brother turns up drowned in the ocean off exclusive East Hampton, law student Jack Mullen sets out to unravel the truth about Peter’s death, confronting a labyrinthine web of intrigue, legal interference, and paid protection as he discovers that his brother had been making serious money catering to the sexual needs of the area’s wealthiest men and women. (FIC PATTERSON)

Perfect Match / Jodi Picoult

District Attorney Nina Frost and her husband, Caleb, face a nightmare when they discover that their young son Nathaniel has been molested, a trauma that has left him mute, terrified, and unable to reveal the identity of his attacker. (FIC PICOULT)


The Lovely Bones / Alice Sebold

Looking down from heaven, 14-year-old Susie Salmon recounts her rape and murder and watches her family as they cope with their grief and “the lovely bones” growing around her absence. (FIC SEBOLD)


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats / Jan-Philipp Sendker

A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father’s past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love. (FIC SENDKER)


Did you know? The cost of a Super Bowl ad in 2002 was $1,900,000.


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