2004 Staff Book Picks

In early 2005, Skokie Public Library staff were asked to select their favorite books read in 2004. Here are the results!

Click on the call number to check the status of the book in the Skokie Public Library catalog. And, in case you missed them, it's not too late to see our Annual Staff Picks for books, films, and music from 2002 to the present!


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Boyle, T. C. Drop City. 2003.
Fiction BOY
Dillard, Annie. For the Time Being. 1999.
814.54 D5782.fo
Irving, John. A Widow for One Year. 1998.
Fiction IRV
Lerner, Michael. Healing Israel/Palestine: A Path to Peace and Reconciliation. 2003.
956.94054 L
Russo, Richard. Empire Falls. 2001.
Fiction RUS
                Selected by Bruce B.
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Hiaasen, Carl. Skinny Dip. 2004.
Fiction HIA
Kinsella, Sophie. Can You Keep a Secret? 2004.
Fiction KIN
Tyler, Anne. The Amateur Marriage. 2004.
Fiction TYL
Wolff, Isabel. Rescuing Rose. 2002.
Romance WOL
                Selected by Cecilia C.
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Dunmore, Helen. Mourning Ruby. 2004.
Fiction DUN
Gates, Henry Louis. America behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans. 2004.
305.896 G
Gopnik, Adam. Paris to the Moon. 2000.
944.3600413 G
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. 2003.
Fiction HAD
Matsuhisa, Nobuyuki. Nobu: The Cookbook. 2001.
641.5952 M
                Selected by Cheryl S.
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Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler's Wife. 2003.
Fiction NIF
Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. 2003.
611 R
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis 2. 2004.
B S2537.pe
Sedaris, David. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. 2004.
817.54 S4474.dr
Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. 2004.
428.2 T
                Selected by Jennifer P-B.
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Gilbert, Allison. Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11. 2002.
070.4493036 C
 
Marrs, Jim. The War on Freedom: The 9/11 Conspiracies. 2003.
973.931 M
Moran, Mark. Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. 2004.
973 M
Pileggi, Nicholas. Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas. 1995.
364.106 P
                Selected by Josh E.
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Bennett, Alan. The Clothes They Stood Up In. 1998.
Fiction BEN
Kohn, Rebecca. The Gilded Chamber. 2004.
Fiction KOH
Mirvis, Tova. The Outside World. 2004.
Fiction MIR
Patterson, James. 3rd Degree. 2004.
Fiction PAT
Shapiro, Laurie Gwen. The Matzo Ball Heiress. 2004.
Fiction SHA
                Selected by Julie M.
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Dunant, Sarah. The Birth of Venus. 2004.
Fiction DUN
Kallos, Stephanie. Broken for You. 2004.
Fiction KAL
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. 2003.
Fiction HOS
                Selected by Laura H.
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Ali, Monica. Brick Lane. 2003.
Fiction ALI
Bezmozgis, David. Natasha and Other Stories. 2004.
Fiction BEZ
Broadway: The American Musical. 2004.
782.1409 M
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker. 2004.
741.5973 C
Rash, Ron. One Foot in Eden. 2002.
Fiction RAS
                Selected by Lee L.
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Ahern, Cecelia. PS, I Love You. 2004.
Fiction AHE
Konigsburg, E. L. Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place. 2004.
Youth Fiction KON
Weeks, Sarah. So B. It. 2004.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction
                Selected by Linda S.
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Hallowell, Janis. The Annunciation of Francesca. 2004.
Fiction HAL
Muench, Simone. The Air Lost in Breathing. 2000.
811.54 M9485.ai
Oliver, Mary. Why I Wake Early: New Poems. 2004.
811.54 0485.wh
Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto. 2001.
Fiction PAT
Shields, Carol. Larry’s Party. 1997.
Fiction SHI
                Selected by Lukie M.
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Boylan, Clare. Emma Brown. 2003.
Fiction BOY
Hahn-Beer, Edith. The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust. 2003.
940.5318 H
Harwood, John. Ghost Writer. 2004.
Fiction HAR
Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.
Fiction KHA
Zweig, Stefanie. Nowhere in Africa. 2004.
Fiction ZWE
                Selected by Marilee H.
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Frank, Thomas. What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. 2004.
978.1033 F
Grinspoon, David. Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life. 2003.
576.839 G
Lakoff, George. Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives. 2004.
320.5130973 L
Moyers, Bill D. Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times. 2004.
973.931 M
Warner, Brad. Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality. 2003.
294.3927 W
                Selected by Mark K.
Book cover
Tyler, Anne. The Amateur Marriage. 2004.
Fiction TYL
Azzopardi, Trezza. Remember Me. 2004.
Fiction AZZ
Graver, Elizabeth. Awake. 2004.
Fiction GRA
Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.
Fiction KHA
Wolfe, Tom. I Am Charlotte Simmons. 2004.
Fiction WOL
                Selected by Mary C.
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Dillard, Annie. For the Time Being. 1999.
814.54 D5782.fo
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. 2003.
Fiction HAD
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. 2003.
Fiction LAH
Kidd , Susan Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. 2003.
Fiction KID
Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks. 2003.
808.042071 S
                Selected by Maryann M.
Book cover
Baruth, Philip. The X President. 2003.
Science Fiction BAR
Clarke, Richard A. Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror. 2004.
973.931 C
Gill, Gillian. Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale. 2004.
B N6878gi
Mallon, Thomas. Bandbox. 2004.
Fiction MAL
Stross, Charles. The Atrocity Archives. 2004.
Science Fiction STR
                Selected by Michaela H.
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Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. 2001.
305.569 E
Mankell, Henning. One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery. 2002.
Mystery MAN
Glass, Julia. Three Junes. 2002.
Fiction GLA
Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. 1997.
Fiction ROT
Brooks, Geraldine. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. 2001.
Fiction BRO
                Selected by Pam W.
Book cover
Armstrong, Kelley. Industrial Magic. 2004.
Science Fiction ARM
Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. 2004.
Science Fiction CLA
Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair. 2002.
Science Fiction FFO
Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler's Wife. 2003.
Fiction NIF
Robb, J.D. Divided in Death. 2004.
Mystery ROB
                Selected by Pat Ga.
Book cover
Chabon, Michael. Final Solution: A Story of Detection. 2004.
Mystery CHA
Greenblatt, Stephen. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. 2004.
822.33 Bqr
Hollinghurst, Alan. The Line of Beauty. 2004.
Fiction HOL
Kotlowitz, Alex. Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago. 2004.
977.31 K
Morris, Mary. Revenge. 2004.
Fiction MOR
                Selected by Pat Gr.
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Spragg, Mark. An Unfinished Life. 2004.
Fiction SPR
Hiaasen, Carl. Skinny Dip. 2004.
Fiction HIA
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos. Shadow of the Wind. 2004.
Fiction RUI
Konrath J.A. Whiskey Sour. 2004.
Fiction KON
Rankin, Robert Gollancz. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. 2002.
Fiction RAN
                Selected by Ricki N.
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Bozai, Ágota. To Err Is Divine. 2004.
Fiction BOZ
Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. 2004.
Science Fiction CLA
D'Erasmo, Stacey. A Seahorse Year. 2004.
Fiction DER
Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.
Fiction KHA
Rinaldi, Nicholas. Between Two Rivers. .2004
Fiction RIN
                Selected by Roseann S.
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Fforde, Jasper. Thursday Next in Something Rotten. 2004.
Science Fiction FFO
Hart, Erin. Lake of Sorrows. 2004.
Mystery HAR
Ihimaera, Witi. Whale Rider. 1987.
Fiction-Teen IHI
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. 2003.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction PAO
Power, Susan. Roofwalker. 2002.
Fiction POW
                Selected by Sharon W.
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Farah, Nuruddin. Links. 2004.
Fiction FAR
Hughes, Robert. Goya. 2003.
759.6 G724hu
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos. Shadow of the Wind. 2004.
Fiction RUI
Shan, Sa. The Girl Who Played Go. 2004.
Fiction SHA
Vassanji, M. G. The In-Between World of Vikram Lall. 2004.
Fiction VAS
                Selected by Sheila D.
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Auster, Paul. Oracle Night. 2003.
Fiction AUS
Dawkins, Richard. The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution. 2004.
576.8 D
Dewdney, Christopher. Acquainted with the Night: Excursions through the World after Dark. 2004.
818.54 D5154ac
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos. Shadow of the Wind. 2004.
Fiction RUI
Wolff, Tobias. Old School. 2003.
Fiction WOL
                Selected by Steven J.
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Fama, Elizabeth. Overboard. 2004.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction FAM
Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart. 2003.
Youth Fiction FUN
Jiménez, Francisco. Breaking Through. 2004.
Youth Jr Hi Fiction JIM
Scieszka, Jon. Science Verse. 2004.
Youth Picture Book SCI
                Selected by Susan T.
Book cover
Gross, Terry. All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists. 2004.
791.4472 F885gr
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. 2003.
Fiction HOS
MacDonald, Ann-Marie. The Way the Crow Flies. 2003.
Fiction MAC
Tan, Amy. The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. 2003.
818.54 T1613.op
Vanderbes, Jennifer. Easter Island. 2003.
Fiction VAN
                Selected by Terry R.