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The 252 Books Reviewed in 2003

The Known World by Edward P. Jones (12-28-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Beyond This Time by Charlotte Banchi (12-28-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard (12-21-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (12-16-03) (reviewed by Nandini Pandya)

The Aniversary by Any Gutman (11-30-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Moist by Mark Haskell Smith (11-30-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Babyville by Jane Green (11-30-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Money for Nothing by Donald Westlake (11-30-03) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel (11-30-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Skytrain to Murder by Dean Barrett (11-30-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Garbo Laughs by Elizabeth Hay (11-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche (11-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard (11-30-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Death's Jest-Book by Reginald Hill (11-30-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Old School by Tobias Wolff (11-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

War Torn by John Marks (11-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

American Woman by Susan Choi (11-30-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald (11-30-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Movies of My Life by Alberto Fuguet (11-30-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

What Was She Thinking? by Zoe Heller (11-11-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Lie Still by David Farris (11-11-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman (11-11-03) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber (11-11-03) (reviewed by Teri Davis)

Walking into the Night by Olaf Olafsson (11-11-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Scarlet Letters by Louis Auchincloss (11-11-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy (11-11-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (11-11-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (11-11-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard (11-11-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Vernon God Little by D.B.C. Pierre (11-11-03) (reviewed by Wenkai Tay)

Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter (11-11-03) (reviewed by Thom Didato)

Postively Fifth Street by James McManus (11-11-03) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

The Great Husband Hunt by Laurie Graham (11-11-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx (11-1-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker (10-21-03) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

Truth by Jacqueline Sheehan (10-21-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Bleachers by John Grisham (10-21-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

The Anomalies by Joey Goebel (10-21-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Set This House In Order by Matt Ruff (10-21-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Deafening by Frances Itani (10-21-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Winner of the National Book Award by Jincy Willett (10-21-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Fox's Walk by Annabel Davis-Goff (10-21-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown (10-21-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Unpaid Dues by Barbara Seranella (10-21-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman (10-21-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Thin Pink Line by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (10-21-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (9-7-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (10-05-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund (10-05-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Havana by Stephen Hunter (10-5-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell (10-5-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

A Body to Die For by Kate White (10-5-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Train by Pete Dexter (10-05-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Harvard Yard by William Martin 10-05-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Politics by Adam Thirwell (10-05-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

How To Meet Cute Boys by Deanna Kizis (10-05-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Something Might Happen by Julie Myerson (10-05-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

She is Me by Catherine Schine (9-24-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz (9-24-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Last Good Day by Peter Blauner (9-24-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

I Was Howard Hughes by Steven Carter (9-24-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger (9-24-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Monsoon Diary by Shoba Narayan (9-24-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (9-24-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Four to Midnight by Scott Flander (9-7-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Diary by Chuck Palahuniuk (9-7-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippmann (9-7-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Black Sheep by R.J. Kaiser (9-7-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Isabel's Daughter by Judith Hendricks (9-7-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (9-7-03) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (9-7-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Brick Lane by Monica Ali (9-7-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Orchard by Larry Watson (9-7-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Stella Descending by Linn Ullmann (9-7-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

Postcards from Berlin by Margaret Leroy (9-7-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (8-30-03) (reviewed by Wenkai Tay)

Secret Father by James Carroll (8-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Crabwalk by Gunter Grass (8-24-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Sacrifice by Clyde Phillips (8-24-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Screwball by David Ferrell (8-23-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Land of the Blind by Jess Walter (8-22-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

San Remo Drive by Leslie Epstein (8-22-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

The Bielsky Brothers by Peter Duffy (8-22-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Serpent's Kiss by Mark Sullivan (8-22-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (8-3-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Native Dancer by John Eisenberg (8-3-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Due Preparation for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital (8-3-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Exit Wounds by J. A. Jance (8-3-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

In the Hall of the Martian King by John Barnes (8-3-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Death Trap by Sue Henry (8-3-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Average Human by Ellen Toby-Potter (8-3-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Ice Hunt by James Rollins (7-8-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (7-8-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant (7-8-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Beneath the Silent Moon by Tracy Grant (7-8-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Perpetual Ending by Kristen den Hartog (7-8-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Cyanide Wells by Marcia Muller (7-8-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Fatal Flaw by William Lashner (7-8-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Luck of the Draw by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (7-8-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Judgment Calls by Alifair Burke (7-8-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett (7-8-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Drop City by T.C. Boyle (7-8-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Point of Return by Siddhartha Deb (7-8-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Bug by Ellen Ullman (7-8-03) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

Blessed Are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch (6-30-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (6-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Genius of the Sea by Naeem Murr (6-30-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Redemption by Nancy Geary (6-30-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore (6-18-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by Kinky Friedman (6-18-03) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Days of the Dead by Barbara Hambly (6-18-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Shadow Without a Name by Ignacio Padilla (6-18-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman (6-18-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline (6-18-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Lamplighter by Anthony O'Neill (6-18-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Hunger by Elise Blackwell (6-18-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

White Mughals by William Dalrymple (6-18-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

A Mouthful of Air by Amy Koppelman (6-18-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

The White Road by John Connolly (6-18-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Clarinet Polka by Keith Maillard (6-18-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Autumn Glory by Louis Masur (6-3-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Gentlemen of Space by Ira Sher (6-1-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (6-1-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (5-28-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Good Faith by Jane Smiley (5-28-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia (5-28-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward (5-28-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Rules of Silence by David Lindsey (5-28-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall (5-28-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Gramercy Park by Paula Cohen (5-28-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker (5-28-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Babel and Silver Meadow by Barry Maitland (5-28-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Brownsville by Oscar Casares (5-28-03) (reviewed by April Chase)

The Bone Vault by Linda Fairstein (5-28-03) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Teammates by David Halberstam (5-28-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan (5-28-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Amanda Bright@Home by Danielle Crittenden (5-13-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor (5-13-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Master of Rain by Tom Bradby (5-13-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Coffee Trader by David Liss (5-13-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Samurai's Daughter by Sujata Massey (5-13-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey (5-13-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Wages of Sin by Penelope Williamson (5-13-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Flash House by Aimee Liu (5-13-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace (5-13-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Light of Day by Graham Swift (4-30-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

Land of the Living by Nicci French (4-30-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (4-30-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Intern by Bonnie Hearn Hill (4-20-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel) (review & interview)

Under the Skin by James Carlos Blake (4-20-03) (reviewed by April Chase)

Six Kinds of Sky by Luis Alberto Urrea (4-20-03) (reviewed by April Chase)

Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama (4-20-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Water Lily by Susanna Jones (4-20-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Skrayling Tree by Michael Moorcock (4-20-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray (4-20-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (4-20-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux (4-20-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (4-20-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Fat Ollie's Book by Ed McBain (4-20-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult (4-20-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Sea Hunter by Paul Garrison (4-20-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker (3-31-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

And All the Saints by Michael Walsh (3-31-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Book of Salt by Monique Truong (3-31-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (3-31-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Shroud by John Banville (3-31-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Wild Thorn by William Hoffman (3-31-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Bannerman's Ghosts by John R. Maxim (3-31-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Beginner's Luck by Laura Pedersen (3-31-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Lost Light by Michael Connelly (3-31-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver (3-31-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Ties That Bind by Phillip Margolin (3-31-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Leaving by Richard Dry (3-31-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Clara by Janice Galloway (3-31-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker (3-31-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Murder in the Hearse Degree by Tim Cockey (3-31-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Solomon Time by Will Randall (3-31-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Hades' Daughter: Book 1 of the Troy Game by Sara Douglass (3-31-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Eye of Cybele by Daniel Chavarria (03-16-03) (reviewed by April Chase)

Heart Seizure by Bill Fitzhugh (03-16-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Jennifer Government by Max Barry (03-16-03) (reviewed by Chris Baker)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (03-16-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk by David Ambrose (03-16-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (03-16-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

Office of Innocence by Thomas Keneally (03-16-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Samurai William by Giles Milton (03-16-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Voyage of Destiny by Robert Nye (03-16-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

She's Not There by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (03-16-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

The Last Detective by Robert Crais (03-16-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Engaged to Die by Carol Hart (03-16-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Henderson's Spear by Ronald Wright (03-16-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (03-16-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa (03-16-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (03-16-03) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Fanny and Sue by Karen Stolz (03-03-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich (03-03-03) (reviewed by April Chase)

The Commissariat of Enlightenment by Ken Kalfus (03-03-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Jester by James Patterson 03-03-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Soul Circus by George Pelecanos (03-03-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Nick's Trip by George Pelecanos (03-03-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Duke of Uranium by John Barnes (03-03-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

A Princess of the Aerie by John Barnes (03-03-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King (03-03-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh (2-22-03) (reviewed by Karma Sawka)

The King of Torts by John Grisham (2-22-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Guardian by Joe Haldeman (2-22-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses (2-22-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)


The Boy on the Bus
by Deborah Schupack (2-22-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Spook by Bill Pronzini (2-22-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Dirt Music by Tim Winton (2-22-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Any Human Heart by William Boyd (2-10-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya (2-10-03) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard (2-10-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Swan by France Mayes (2-10-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones (2-10-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Sapphire's Grave by Hilda Gurley-Highgate (2-10-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

The Wolf Pit by Marly Youmans (2-10-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles (2-10-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Death of a Village by M.C. Beaton (2-10-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Plundering Paradise by Michael D'Orso (2-10-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Tapestries by Kien Nguyen (2-10-03) (reviewed by Karma Sawka)

Troubles by J. G. Farrell (2-10-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Ghost Image by Joshua Gilder (2-10-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (2-3-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz (2-1-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove (1-29-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Step to the Graveyard Easy by Bill Pronzini (01-29-03) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Wonder When You'll Miss Me by Amada Davis (1-29-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Close to Home by Peter Robinson (1-29-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson (1-29-03) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

Martin Sloane by Michael Redhill (1-29-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Seraglio by Janet Wallach (1-29-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

The Miracles of Santo Fico by D. L. Smith (1-29-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Lost Garden by Helen Humpreys (1-20-03) (reviewed by Karma Sawka)

The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu (1-20-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

The Fall by Simon Mawer (1-20-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Utopia by Lincoln Child (1-20-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Small Town by Lawrence Block (1-20-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Thicker Than Water by P.J. Parrish (1-20-03) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon (1-20-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Atonement by Ian McEwan (1-20-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton (1-12-03) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Marriage: A Duet by Anne Taylor Fleming (1-9-03) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Parts Unknown by Kevin Brennan (1-9-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Stealing the Elf-King's Roses by Diane Duane (1-9-03) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Dancer by Colum McCann (1-9-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Justification of Johann Gutenberg by Blake Morrison (1-9-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides(1-9-03) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Cheese by Willem Elsschot (01-9-03) (reviewed by Chris Baker)

I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson (reviewed by Nandini Pandya)

The Resurrectionists by Michael Collins (1-3-03) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

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