The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2002

Only going back a dozen years this week (still, though, is it even possible we’re almost 15 years into this new century? Doesn’t 2002 seem like yesterday?) For those of us in the Intermountain West, 2002 started out with a big bang since the Winter Olympics were in Salt Lake City. If you can’t remember that, maybe you’ll remember these events:

  • In January, Euro notes and coins start circulating.
  • In March, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry take home the top acting Oscars at the 74th Academy Awards, the first time the two awards went to African-Americans in the same year.
  • In November, the UN passes a unanimous resolution warning Saddam Hussein to disarm.

In case you’re still having difficulty thinking back to 2002, here are the New York Times Best Sellers for the week of September 22. Maybe you’ll recognize a favorite – or remember what was going on in your life as you read them.



1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

2. Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy

3. Dark Horse by Tami Hoag

4. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg

5. The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr by Terry Brooks

6. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

7. The Remnant by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

8. Celebrate Through Heartsongs by Mattie J. T. Stepanek

9. The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

10. Mission Compromised by Oliver North with Joe Musser

11. The Grave Maurice by Martha Grimes

12. A Love of My Own by E. Lynn Harris

13. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen



1. Let’s Roll! by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham

2. Let Freedom Ring by Sean Hannity

3. What We Saw by CBS News

4. Above Hallowed Ground by Photographers of the New York City Police Department

5. Breakdown: How America’s Intelligence Failures Led to September 11 by Bill Gertz

6. A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine

7. Slander by Ann Coulter

8. Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas L. Friedman

9. The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It by John Miller and Michael Stone with Chris Mitchell

10. Good to Great by Jim Collins

11. Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss

12. Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

13. A Nation Challenged by The New York Times

14. The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw

15. Among the Heroes by Jere Longman

14. Charleston by John Jakes

15. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card


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