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Year 2003 Top Fiction Picks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Dear Mrs. Lindbergh by Kathleen Hughes: In the wake of their parents' carefully orchestrated disappearance, the adult children of Ruth and Henry Gutterson read a series of letters written by their mother and learn how their parents met when their father crashed his airmail plane, how they enjoyed flying together before a series of miscarriages, and how they finally discovered what was missing in their lives.

Year 2003 Top Movie Picks

About Schmidt

Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates

After the death of his wife, a retiree embarks on a cross-country odyssey to stop his daughter from marrying a man he considers unworthy of her. (DVD and Videocassette)

Barton Fink

John Goodman, John Turturo

An idealistic playwright agrees to write for the movies and is tormented by paralyzing writer's block. (DVD)

Bend it like Beckham

Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley

A young second-generation Indian woman scandalizes her family with her love of soccer. (DVD and Videocassette)

Year 2003 Top Audiobook Picks

Bleachers

(CD and Cassette)

by John Grisham: Neely Crenshaw whose NFL prospects ended abruptly returns home for the first time in years to join a nightly vigil for his former coach Rake. Neely struggles to reconcile his conflicted feelings towards Rake, and to rekindle love in his ex-girlfriend. Fiction.

Blessings

(CD and Cassette)

by Anna Quindlen: A baby left at Blessings, a vast estate owned by an ancient matriarch named Lydia Blessing is discovered by Skip Cuddy, the handyman who happens to be an ex-con. He cares secretly for the baby for four months, in the process forming a bond with Mrs. Blessing. Fiction.

Year 2003 Top Nonfiction Picks

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer: Traces the events leading to the 1953 coup in Iran and it's consequences, discussing the covert operations under the joint authority of Eisenhower and Churchill involving prime minister Mossadegh and CIA officer Roosevelt.

Best Food Writing 2003 edited by Holly Hughes: The very best writing about food is found in this wonderfully crafted annual collection of culinary essays that includes the work of John Thorne, Amanda Hesser, and Calvin Trillin, among others.