#TBT: 2003

Popular Books Published in 2003

A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. (TEEN FIC BRAY)


The Da Vinci Code / Dan Brown

When an elderly curator of the Louvre turns up murdered, his body surrounded by enigmatic ciphers written in invisible ink, code-breaker Robert Langdon and French cyptologist are called in to unravel the clues to the killing, only to discover that the riddles are linked to the works of Leonardo da Vinci and to a clandestine, ruthless sect within the Catholic Church. (FIC BROWN, DAN)

A Short History of Nearly Everything / Bill Bryson

The author traces the Big Bang through the rise of civilization, documenting his work with a host of the world’s most advanced scientists and mathematicians to explain why things are the way they are. (500 BRY)


The Tale of Despereaux / Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. (J FIC / J PBK DICAMILLO)


The City of Ember / Jeanne DuPrau

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. (J FIC / J PBK DUPRAU)


The Time Traveler’s Wife / Audrey Niffenegger

Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel. (FIC NIFFENEGGER)


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers / Mary Roach

A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility. (611 ROA)


We Need to Talk About Kevin / Lionel Shriver

The mother of a teenage boy who killed seven fellow students and two adults in a high-school shooting writes a series of letters to her estranged husband on their son’s upbringing and questions what she fears may be her own part in the tragedy. (FIC SHRIVER)


The Devil Wears Prada / Lauren Weisberger

A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell. (FIC WEISBERGER)


Maisie Dobbs / Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs entered domestic service in 1910 at thirteen, working for Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence is discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a learned friend of the Comptons. In 1929, following an apprenticship with Blanche, Maisie hangs out her shingle: M. Dobbs, Trade and Personal Investigations. (FIC WINSPEAR)

Did you know? The Human Genome Project that mapped the structure of DNA and all the specific information that it contained completed its work in 2003. 


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