I collected approximately 10 lists of “Best Books of 2002” and combined them into one meta-list. The results are below. The numbers in bold indicate the number of original lists the book was on. If I’ve read the book, I’ve included the rating I gave it on Goodreads (1-5 stars).
ATONEMENT. By Ian McEwan. (5)
GOULD’S BOOK OF FISH. By Richard Flanagan.
MIDDLESEX. By Jeffrey Eugenides. (5)
THE LOVELY BONES. By Alice Sebold.
CHARLES DARWIN: A Biography, Vol. 2 – The Power of Place. By Janet Browne. (5)
CARAMELO. By Sandra Cisneros.
THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE. By Michel Faber.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. By Jonathan Safran Foer. (4)
YOU ARE NOT A STRANGER HERE. By Adam Haslett.
PRAGUE. By Arthur Phillips.
BAD BLOOD. By Lorna Sage.
LIVE FROM NEW YORK. By Tom Shales.
UNLESS. By Carol Shields.
SERVANTS OF THE MAP. By Andrea Barrett.
THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power. By Max Boot.
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS. By Augusten Burroughs. (4)
MASTER OF THE SENATE: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. By Robert Caro.
ANTHONY BLUNT: His Lives. By Miranda Carter.
SNOBBERY: The American Version. By Joseph Epstein.
SEEING IN THE DARK: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep into the Universe and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril. By Timothy Ferris.
A MULTITUDE OF SINS. By Richard Ford.
A THIRD FACE: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking. By Samuel Fuller.
COMPLICATIONS. By Atul Gaurande.
NOWHERE MAN. By Aleksandar Hemon.
THE CRAZED. By Ha Jin.
EMPEROR OF JAPAN: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912. By Donald Keene.
ROSCOE. By William Kennedy.
MAN WALKS INTO A ROOM. By Nicole Krauss.
ICELAND. By Jim Krusoe.
AMERICAN GROUND: Unbuilding the World Trade Center. By William Langewiesche.
ROSALIND FRANKLIN: The Dark Lady of DNA. By Brenda Maddox,
THE BIRDS OF HEAVEN: Travels With Cranes. By Peter Matthiessen.
FAMILY MATTERS. By Rohinton Mistry.
AFTER THE QUAKE. By Haruki Murakami.
THE CONVERSATIONS: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. By Michael Ondaatje.
WEALTH AND DEMOCRACY: A Political History of the American Rich. By Kevin Phillips.
A PROBLEM FROM HELL: America and the Age of Genocide. By Samantha Power.
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF JOSEPH ROTH. By Joseph Roth.
THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE’S HANDBOOK. By Gary Shteyngart.
THE LUNAR MEN: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World. By Jenny Uglow.