Oldies but Goodies – the Sixties

Although none would be considered classics, while I’m waiting for my number to come up at the library for this week’s best seller (#257 on the list?), those oldies but goodies from former decades might fill the gap. The New York Times has been publishing its prestigious list since 1942; the first to make the list was And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field.

These are the Sixties Favorites (on the NYT bestseller list at some point during that decade) – amazing how many were made into movies –

  • Hawaii by James Michener
  • The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
  • Franny and Zooey by J. D. Sallinger
  • Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
  • A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury
  • Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel
  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J. D. Sallinger
  • The Glass Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
  • The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss
  • Herzog by Saul Bellow
  • Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
  • The Source by James Michener
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton
  • The Arrangement by Elia Kazan
  • The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder
  • The Chosen by Chiam Potok
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  • Airport by Arthur Hailey
  • Couples by John Updike
  • The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes
  • Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  • The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Have you read any?

2 thoughts on “Oldies but Goodies – the Sixties

  1. I’ve read 10 of them and they were all worthwhile – I’d have to say The Chosen by Chaim Potok was a favorite and I went on to read several more of his.

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