Best of the Decade: 2000s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!

Social media makes its mark with the debut of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and history is made when Barack Obama becomes the first African American president of the United States. We dive into the decade that arguably changed the way we connect with one another: the 2000s.

BOOKS

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
The Known World – Edward P. Jones
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
2666 – Roberto Bolaño

MUSIC

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco
The Blueprint – Jay-Z
The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
Kid A – Radiohead
Elephant – The White Stripes
Is This It – The Strokes
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Funeral – Arcade Fire
Stankonia – Outkast
American Idiot – Green Day

MOVIES

There Will Be Blood
Spirited Away
The Hurt Locker
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Dark Knight
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Children of Men
Memento
No Country for Old Men

EVENTS

2001 9/11 terrorist attack
2001 Wikipedia launches
2004 Google conducts IPO
2004 Facebook launches
2005 Hurricane Katrina makes landfall
2005 YouTube created
2006 Twitter debuts
2007 Apple releases the iPhone
2007 Netflix introduces streaming service
2008 Barack Obama becomes first African American president


Only one more decade to go, booklovers. Which books, music and movies bring forth your best early 2000s memories?

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