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We live year-round with books. Often, we've hardly finished one before we're deep into another. More often we're reading three or four concurrently, but let's put that awkward fact aside and skip to the point: Each January, we stop to give thanks for the new releases we enjoyed most during the prior year. So without further ado, staff members present their favorites of 2002. (See staff favorites from 2001.)
Sandy Koufax Dave Weich
  Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy
  Songbook by Nick Hornby
  When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt
  The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
  Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
  Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott

Lost Amy Antonio
  Lost by Ian Phillips
  Reinventing the Wheel by Jessica Helfand
  Prefab by Allison Arieff
  Polaroids by Walker Evans
  Climbing Out by Brian Ralph
  The Russian Avant-Garde Book: 1910-1934 by Deborah Wye
  William Eggleston's Guide by John Szarkowski
  Street Market by Barry McGee
  Twilight by Gregory Crewdson
  Cuba Style by Steven Heller and Vicki Gold Levi
  In Almost Every Picture by Erik Kessels

Martin Sloane Georgie Lewis
  Martin Sloane by Micheal Redhill
  Atonement by Ian McEwan
  Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler
  Fraud by David Rakoff
  Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press by Kristina Borjesson
  Nobody's Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker by Anthony Lane
  A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford
  True Enough by Stephen McCauley

Moral Hazard C. P. Farley
  Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings
  Insect Dreams by Marc Estrin
  Atonement by Ian McEwan
  The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
  The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett
  The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
  The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics by Bruce Schulman
  Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  Heaven and Earth by D. Mallin

The Russian Debutante's Handbook Ann Ellenbecker
  The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
  Mendeleyev's Dream by Paul Strathern
  The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza
  Be My Knife by David Grossman
  A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain
  Chuck Close by Chuck Close
  Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate
  Youth by J. M. Coetzee
  The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton
  Ciao Italia in Umbria by Mary Ann Esposito
  Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty

The Scar Mathias Hansson
  The Scar by China Miéville
  White Apples by Jonathan Carroll
  Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  The Mind of Egypt by Jan Assmann
  Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

Empire Falls Chris Bolton
  Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  Lucky Us by Joan Silber
  The 25th Hour by David Benioff

When the Emperor Was Devine Miel Alegre
  When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris
  A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain
  Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking by Michael Chiarello

The Golden Compass Sam Whitmore
  The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

American Gods Chris Valaas
  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  The Collected Stories of Greg Bear by Greg Bear
  Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Baudolino Beth Lyons
  Baudolino by Umberto Eco
  Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  Fierce Pajamas by David Remnick

Hanna Nesper
  The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Jill Owens
  Prague by Arthur Phillips

Jeff Griffin
  Super-Cannes by J. G. Ballard

David Van Der Merwe
  Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore

Wendy Brown
  The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski

Malia Susee
  City by Alessandro Baricco
  Abarat by Clive Barker

Serra Toney
  Lucky by Alice Sebold
  Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Orin Holland
  Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck

Nicole Couture
  Lirael by Garth Nix

Scott Smith
  Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

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