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Year 2002 Top Nonfiction Picks

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi: It's a love story between two middle-aged people from different cultures. She moves to Venice to marry a man she's only known for a few months. It's well written, insightful and has some great recipes in it. She is a former food writer and chef and they now do gastronomic tours in Tuscany.

Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring The Experts May Be Best For Your Child by Frank Furedi: Hardly a day goes by without parents being warned of a new threat to their children's well being. Everything is dangerous: the crib, the babysitter, the school, the supermarket, and the park. Paranoid Parenting suggests that parental anxieties themselves are the worst influence on children.

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent: A former nurse chronicles her journey into midwifery, from her dissatisfaction with formulaic delivery room procedures in the 1960s to her eventual career as a "baby catcher," and chronicles her diverse birth experiences, the women she has encountered along the way, and role of midwifery in the United States.

Firehouse by David Halberstam: In a tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the author explores the lives of members of FDNY Engine 40 Ladder 25, offering a portrait of everyday life in a firehouse and their courageous efforts to preserve life.

Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas L. Friedman: A collection of Thomas Friedman's post September 11 New York Times columns, plus added commentary.

Salt by Mark Kurlansky: Explores the role of salt in shaping history, discussing how one of the world's most sought-after commodities has influenced economics, science, politics, religion, and eating customs.

Jump the Shark by Jon Hein: The creator of the popular website that identifies the precise moment when sitcoms head south, applies his powers of observation to politics, sports, and popular music.

Snake Hips by Anne Thomas Soffee: After being rejected by her tattoo artist boyfriend, the author of this humorous memoir turns to belly dancing as a way out of her emotional slump.

Diana Vreeland by Eleanor Dwight: This portrait of the fashion editor discusses her work with Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and assesses her seminal role in shaping the fashion history of the 20th century.

The Perricone Prescription: A Physician's 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation by Nicholas Perricone: Presents a seven-step diet, exercise, and nutritional program designed to rejuvenate the skin and body.

The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters by Michael Gurian: A new approach to parenting girls that recognizes and celebrates girls' natural differences from boys.