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Publishers Weekly daily newsletter lists the consensus best books of 2002 based upon a survey of the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Village Voice:


    Atonement by Ian McEwan (Doubleday/Nan Talese, $26) — eight times

    Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan (Grove, $27.50) — three
    times mentioned

    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (FSG, $27) — twice mentioned

    Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros (Knopf, $24) — twice mentioned

    Servants of the Map by Andrea Barrett (Norton, $24.95) — twice


    Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro
    (Knopf, $35) — five times mentioned

    Charles Darwin: The Power of Place by Janet Brown (Knopf, $37.50) –
    three times mentioned

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina
    (Holt, $27.50) — twice mentioned

    Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan, $24) — twice mentioned

    In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth
    Norton (Knopf, $30) — twice mentioned

I would love to hear any Blogcritic’s thoughts on any of these books – I am a perfect 0/10.

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  • Phillip Winn

    Here are my thoughts: I haven’t even heard of any of these, let alone read them.

    Well, okay, I had heard of the Master of the Senate book, but only because I heard an interview with the author on NPR.

    Oh, did you want comments from people who had actually read the books? Sorry, I misunderstood.

    <grin> Have a Happy New Year!

  • sonny

    i highly recommend “gould’s book of fish” by richard flanagan. it’s a book for book lovers on several levels. based on a real person (gould), imprisoned in a penal colony in what is now Tasmania, who painted fish for the warden. flanagan, imagines his story, as well as that of his book of fish. the book itself is beautiful, with reproductions of the paintings and each chapter printed in different ink representing both the theme and emotion of what is written and the materials which william buelow gould had to come with to write with, having no ink available (use your imagination).