#TBT: 2005

Popular Books Published in 2005

The Lincoln Lawyer / Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller, who represents some unsavory characters in his work as a defense lawyer, takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by events that suggest a particularly evil perpetrator. (PBK CONNELLY)


The Year of Magical Thinking / Joan Didion

An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief. (070.92 DID)


The Memory Keeper’s Daughter / Kim Edwards

In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter’s affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child. (FIC EDWARDS)


A Breath of Snow and Ashes / Diana Gabaldon

In 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Jamie Fraser is asked by the governor to help protect the colonies for King and Crown, but, thanks to his time-traveling twentieth-century wife, Claire, Jamie is aware of the ultimate result of the rebellion. (FIC GABALDON)


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in winning the Civil War. (973.7 GOO)


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything / Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner

The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy. (330 LEV)


Twilight / Stephanie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. (TEEN FIC MEYER)


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See

A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language. (FIC SEE)


The Glass Castle / Jeannette Walls

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. (362.82 WAL)


The Book Thief / Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. (TEEN FIC / FIC ZUSAK)


Did you know? The price of a gallon of gas in 2005 was $2.34. 

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