Archive for August 13th, 2015

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2001

Not too far back this time – just 14 years – to the summer of 2001. We all remember the event in September that shadowed the rest of the year (and decade) for us, but can you remember what happened the rest of that year? Here are a few events to jog your memory:

  • Wikipedia goes online and writing school reports – and library blogs! – gets simpler. (January)
  • Halle Berry and Denzel Washington take home the top acting awards at the Oscars. (March)
  • The Green River Killer is arrested, ending one of the longest U.S. homicide investigations ever. (November)

And, of course, we read some great books that year, including the following from the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of August 12, 2001:



1. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

2. Cane River by Lalita Tademy

3. The Fourth Hand by John Irving

4. Any Way the Wind Blows by E. Lynn Harris

5. Open Season by Linda Howard

6. Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

7. Leap of Faith by Danielle Steel

8. “P” is for Peril by Sue Grafton

9. The Jury by Steve Martini

10. Lawrence Sanders: McNally’s Chance by Vincent Lardo

11. A Traitor to Memory by Elizabeth George

12. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

13. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs

14. Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara

15. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler



1. John Adams by David McCullough

2. Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

3. Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir and Michèle Fitoussi

4. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

5. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

6. Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments by Dominick Dunne

7. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

8. Napalm & Silly Putty by George Carlin

9. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

10. The Truth Is . . .  by Melissa Etheridge with Laura Morton

11. Supreme Injustice by Alan M. Dershowitz

12. Close to Shore by Michael Capuzzo

13. It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

14. The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon

15. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich