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Bestsellers at Project Gutenberg Australia

This page contains the titles of the top ten bestselling books in the United States, in both fiction and non-fiction categories, for the years 1923 through 1953 (from Publisher's Weekly) with links to those that are available. All works by authors who died after 31 December, 1954 are still under copyright in Australia.

In the fiction category, there are some some surprising bestselling authors on the list. Zane Grey, Booth Tarkington and Lloyd C Douglas are now out of favour, even though their books are still very readable. On the other hand, the works of Virginia Woolf and D H Lawrence are still widely read.

The non-fiction category has some fascinating bestseller titles which would readily find a publisher even today, including 'Self-Mastery Through Conscious Auto-Suggestion', 'Diet and Health', and 'You Must Relax.' No doubt the actual content would, in many cases, be quite different.

It is difficult to find many of the non-fiction bestseller titles in libraries today, much more so than finding fiction bestseller titles. One supposes that the transitory nature of many of the non-fiction works has meant that the books date more easily.

Browse the bestseller list. At the very least it provides an interesting insight into the reading taste of people more than 50 years ago.


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F I C T I O N

1. Black Oxen, Gertrude Atherton (1857 - 1948)--Available at Project Gutenberg

2. His Children's Children, Arthur Train (1875 - 1945)

3. The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim (1866 - 1941)--Text

4. Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Available at Text

5. The Dim Lantern, Temple Bailey (187? - 1953)

6. This Freedom, A.S.M. Hutchinson (1879 - 1971)--Available at Project Gutenberg

7. The Mine with the Iron Door, Harold Bell Wright (1872 - 1944)

8. Wanderer of the Wasteland, Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)--Text--ZIP--HTML

9. The Sea-Hawk, Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950)--Available at Text

10. The Breaking Point, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876 - 1958)--Available at Project Gutenberg

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Etiquette, Emily Post (1873 - 1960)

2. The Life of Christ, Giovanni Papini (1881 - 1956)

3. The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Burton J. Hendrick, editor (1870 - 1949)

4. The Mind in the Making, James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936)

5. The Outline of History, H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

6. Diet and Health, Lulu Hunt Peters (1873 - 1930)--Available at Project Gutenberg

7. Self-Mastery Through Conscious Auto-Suggestion, Emile Coué (1857 - 1926)

8. The Americanization of Edward Bok, Edward Bok (1863 - 1930)--HTML

9. The Story of Mankind, Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1882 - 1944)

10. A Man from Maine, Edward Bok (1863 - 1930)

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F I C T I O N

1. So Big, Edna Ferber (1887 - 1968)

2. The Plastic Age, Percy Marks (1891 - 1956)

3. The Little French Girl, Anne Douglas Sedgwick (1873 - 1935)

4. The Heirs Apparent, Philip Gibbs (1877 - 1962)

5. A Gentleman of Courage, James Oliver Curwood (187? - 1927)

6. The Call of the Canyon, Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)--Text

7. The Midlander, Booth Tarkington (1869 - 1946)

8. The Coast of Folly, Coningsby Dawson (1883 - 1959)

9. Mistress Wilding, Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950)--Text

10. The Homemaker, Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879 - 1958)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Diet and Health, Lulu Hunt Peters (1873 - 1930)--Available at Project Gutenberg

2. The Life of Christ, Giovanni Papini (1881 - 1956)

3. The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, Fannie Farmer (1857 - 1915), editor

4. Etiquette, Emily Post (1873 - 1960)

5. Ariel, André Maurois (1885 - 1967)

6. The Cross Word Puzzle Books, Prosper Buranelli (1890 - 1960), et al.

7. Mark Twain's Autobiography, Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)--Vol 1--HTML--ZIPPED HTML--Vol 2-- HTML--ZIPPED HTML (the ZIPPED HTML files contain images)

8. Saint Joan, Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)--Text--ZIP--HTML--ZIPPED HTML

9. The New Decalogue of Science, Albert E. Wiggam (1871 - 1957)

10. The Americanization of Edward Bok, Edward Bok (1863 - 1930)--HTML

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F I C T I O N

1. Soundings, A. Hamilton Gibbs (1888 - 1964)

2. The Constant Nymph, Margaret Kennedy (1896 - 1967)

3. The Keeper of the Bees, Gene Stratton Porter (1863 - 1924)

4. Glorious Apollo, E. Barrington (?? - 1931)

5. The Green Hat, Michael Arlen (1895 - 1956)

6. The Little French Girl, Anne Douglas Sedgwick (1873 - 1935)

7. Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP

8. The Perennial Bachelor, Anne Parrish (1888 - 1957)

9. The Carolinian, Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950)--Text--ZIP--HTML

10. One Increasing Purpose, A.S.M. Hutchinson (1879 - 1971)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Diet and Health, Lulu Hunt Peters (1873 - 1930)--Available at Project Gutenberg

2. The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, rev. ed., Fannie Farmer (1857 - 1915), editor

3. When We Were Very Young, A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne (1882 - 1956)

4. The Man Nobody Knows, Bruce Barton (1886 - 1967)

5. The Life of Christ, Giovanni Papini (1881 - 1956)

6. Ariel, André Maurois (1885 - 1967)

7. Twice Thirty, Edward Bok (1863 - 1930)

8. Twenty-Five Years, Lord Edward Grey (Grey of Fallodon, 1st Viscount) (1862 - 1933)

9. Anatole France Himself, J. J. Brousson (1878 - 1958)

10. The Cross Word Puzzle Books, Prosper Buranelli (1890 - 1960), et al.

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F I C T I O N

1. The Private Life of Helen of Troy, John Erskine (1879 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

2. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos (1893 - 1981)

3. Sorrell and Son, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)--Text--ZIP

4. The Hounds of Spring, Sylvia Thompson (1902 - 1968)

5. Beau Sabreur, P. C. Wren (1885 - 1941)--HTML

6. The Silver Spoon, John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933)--Text--ZIP--HTML

7. Beau Geste, P. C. Wren (1885 - 1941)--HTML

8. Show Boat, Edna Ferber (1887 - 1968)

9. After Noon, Susan Ertz (1894 - 1985)

10. The Blue Window, Temple Bailey (?? - 1953)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Man Nobody Knows, Bruce Barton (1886 - 1967)

2. Why We Behave Like Human Beings, George A. Dorsey (1868 - 1931)

3. Diet and Health, Lulu Hunt Peters (1873 - 1930)--Available at Project Gutenberg

4. Our Times, Vol. I, Mark Sullivan (1874 - 1952)

5. The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, rev. ed., Fannie Farmer (1857 - 1915), editor

6. Auction Bridge Complete, Milton C. Work (1864 - 1934)

7. The Book Nobody Knows, Bruce Barton (1886 - 1967)

8. The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

9. The Light of Faith, Edgar A. Guest (1881 - 1959)

10. Jefferson and Hamilton, Claude G. Bowers (1878 - 1958)

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F I C T I O N

1. Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

2. The Plutocrat, Booth Tarkington (1869 - 1946)

3. Doomsday, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)--Text--ZIP--HTML

4. Sorrell and Son, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)--Text--ZIP

5. Jalna, Mazo de la Roche (1879 - 1961)

6. Lost Ecstasy, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876 - 1958)

7. Twilight Sleep, Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)--Text--ZIP--HTML

8. Tomorrow Morning, Anne Parrish (1888 - 1957)

9. The Old Countess, Anne Douglas Sedgwick (1873 - 1935)

10. A Good Woman, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

2. Napoleon, Emil Ludwig (1881 - 1948)

3. Revolt in the Desert, Thomas Edward Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") (1888 - 1935)--HTML

4. Trader Horn, Vol. I, Alfred Aloysius Horn and Ethelreda Lewis

5. We, Charles A. Lindbergh (1902 - 1974)

6. Ask Me Another, Julian Spafford and Lucien Esty

7. The Royal Road to Romance, Richard Halliburton (1900 - 1939)

8. The Glorious Adventure, Richard Halliburton (1900 - 1939)

9. Why We Behave Like Human Beings, George A. Dorsey (1868 - 1931)

10. Mother India, Katherine Mayo (1867 - 1940)--HTML

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F I C T I O N

1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

2. Wintersmoon, Hugh Walpole (1884 - 1941)--Text--ZIP--HTML

3. Swan Song, John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933)--Text--ZIP--HTML

4. The Greene Murder Case, S. S. Van Dine (Willard Huntington Wright) (1888 - 1939)--Text--ZIP--HTML

5. Bad Girl, Viña Delmar (1905 - 1990)

6. Claire Ambler, Booth Tarkington (1869 - 1946)

7. Old Pybus, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)--Text--ZIP--HTML

8. All Kneeling, Anne Parrish (1888 - 1957)

9. Jalna, Mazo de la Roche (1879 - 1961)

10. The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Disraeli, André Maurois

2. Mother India, Katherine Mayo (1867 - 1940)--HTML

3. Trader Horn, Vol. I, Alfred Aloysius Horn and Ethelreda Lewis

4. Napoleon, Emil Ludwig (1881 - 1948)

5. Strange Interlude, Eugene O'Neill (1888 - 1953)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

6. We, Charles A. Lindbergh (1902 - 1974)

7. Count Luckner, the Sea Devil, Lowell Thomas (1892 - 1981)

8. Goethe, Emil Ludwig (1881 - 1948)

9. Skyward, Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

10. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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F I C T I O N

1. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (1898 - 1970)

2. Dodsworth, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP

3. Dark Hester, Anne Douglas Sedgwick (1873 - 1935)

4. The Bishop Murder Case, S. S. Van Dine (1888 - 1939)--Text--HTML ZIPPED--ZIP (The zip archive contains 5 images which relate to the story)

5. Roper's Row, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)--Text--ZIP--HTML

6. Peder Victorious, O. E. Rölvaag (1876 - 1931)

7. Mamba's Daughters, DuBose Heyward (1885 - 1940)

8. The Galaxy, Susan Ertz (1894 - 1985)

9. Scarlet Sister Mary, Julia Peterkin (1880 - 1961)

10. Joseph and His Brethren, H. W. Freeman (1899 - 1994)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Art of Thinking, Ernest Dimnet (1866 - 1954)--HTML

2. Henry the Eighth, Francis Hackett (1883 - 1962)

3. The Cradle of the Deep, Joan Lowell (1900 - 1967)

4. Elizabeth and Essex, Lytton Strachey (1880 - 1932)

5. The Specialist, Chic Sale (1885 - 1936)

6. A Preface to Morals, Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

7. Believe It or Not, Robert L. Ripley (1893 - 1949)

8. John Brown's Body, Stephen Vincent Benét (1898 - 1943)--Text--ZIP--HTML

9. The Tragic Era, Claude G. Bowers (1878 - 1958)

10. The Mansions of Philosophy, Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

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F I C T I O N

1. Cimarron, Edna Ferber (1887 - 1968)

2. Exile, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)

3. The Woman of Andros, Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

4. Years of Grace, Margaret Ayer Barnes (1886 - 1967)

5. Angel Pavement, J. B. Priestley (1894 - 1984)

6. The Door, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876 - 1958)

7. Rogue Herries, Hugh Walpole (1884-1941)--Text--ZIP--HTML--ZIPPED HTML (with image of Herries family tree.)

8. Chances, A. Hamilton Gibbs (1888 - 1964)

9. Young Man of Manhattan, Katharine Brush

10. Twenty-Four Hours, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Story of San Michele, Axel Munthe (1857 - 1949)

2. The Strange Death of President Harding, Gaston B. Means and May Dixon Thacker

3. Byron, André Maurois (1885 - 1967)

4. The Adams Family, James Truslow Adams (1878 - 1949)

5. Lone Cowboy, Will James (1892 - 1942)

6. Lincoln, Emil Ludwig (1881 - 1948)

7. The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

8. The Outline of History, H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

9. The Art of Thinking, Ernest Dimnet (1866 - 1954)--HTML

10. The Rise of American Civilization, Charles and Mary Beard

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F I C T I O N

1. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

2. Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather (1873 - 1947)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

3. A White Bird Flying, Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881 - 1954))--Text--ZIP--HTML

4. Grand Hotel, Vicki Baum (1888 - 1960)

5. Years of Grace, Margaret Ayer Barnes (1886 - 1967)

6. The Road Back, Erich Maria Remarque (1898 - 1970)

7. The Bridge of Desire, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)

8. Back Street, Fannie Hurst (1887 - 1968)

9. Finch's Fortune, Mazo de la Roche (1879 - 1961)

10. Maid in Waiting, John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933)--Text--ZIP

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Education of a Princess, Grand Duchess Marie

2. The Story of San Michele, Axel Munthe (1857 - 1949)

3. Washington Merry-Go-Round, anonymous (Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen)

4. Boners: Being a Collection of Schoolboy Wisdom, or Knowledge as It Is Sometimes Written, compiled by Alexander Abingdon; illustrated by Dr. Seuss

5. Culbertson's Summary, Ely Culbertson (1891 - 1955)

6. Contract Bridge Blue Book, Ely Culbertson (1891 - 1955)

7. Fatal Interview, Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

8. The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams (1878 - 1949)

9. Mexico, Stuart Chase (1888 - 1985)

10. New Russia's Primer, Mikhail Ilin (1895 - 1953)

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F I C T I O N

1. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

2. The Fountain, Charles Morgan (1894 - 1958)

3. Sons, Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

4. Magnolia Street, Louis Golding (1895 - 1958)

5. The Sheltered Life, Ellen Glasgow (1873 - 1945)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

6. Old Wine and New, Warwick Deeping (1877 - 1950)

7. Mary's Neck, Booth Tarkington (1869 - 1946)

8. Magnificent Obsession, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

9. Inheritance, Phyllis Bentley (1894 - 1977)

10. Three Loves, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams (1878 - 1949)

2. Only Yesterday, Frederick Lewis Allen (1890 - 1954)--Text--ZIP--HTML

3. A Fortune to Share, Vash Young

4. Culbertson's Summary, Ely Culbertson (1891 - 1955)

5. Van Loon's Geography, Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1882 - 1944)

6. What We Live By, Ernest Dimnet (1866 - 1954)

7. The March of Democracy, James Truslow Adams (1878 - 1949)

8. Washington Merry-Go-Round, anonymous (Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen)

9. The Story of My Life, Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938)--Text--ZIP--HTML

10. More Merry-Go-Round, anonymous (Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen)

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F I C T I O N

1. Anthony Adverse, Hervey Allen (1889 - 1949)--Text (3 mb)--ZIP (1.2 mb)----->Zipped HTML--Vol 1--Vol 2--Vol 3

2. As the Earth Turns, Gladys Hasty Carroll (1904 - 1999)

3. Ann Vickers, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

4. Magnificent Obsession, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

5. One More River, John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933)--Text--ZIP

6. Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

7. The Master of Jalna, Mazo de la Roche (1879 - 1961)

8. Miss Bishop, Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881 - 1954)--Text--ZIP--HTML

9. The Farm, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

10. Little Man, What Now?, Hans Fallada (ps. of Rudolf Ditzen) (1893 - 1947)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Life Begins at Forty, Walter B. Pitkin (1878 - 1953)

2. Marie Antoinette, Stefan Zweig (1881 - 1942)

3. British Agent, R. H. Bruce Lockhart (1887 - 1970)

4. 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs, Arthur Kallet and F. J. Schlink

5. The House of Exile, Nora Waln (1895 - 1964)

6. Van Loon's Geography, Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1882 - 1944)

7. Looking Forward, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

8. Contract Bridge Blue Book of 1933, Ely Culbertson (1891 - 1955)

9. The Arches of the Years, Halliday Sutherland (1882 - 1960)

10. The March of Democracy, Vol. II, James Truslow Adams (1878 - 1949)

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F I C T I O N

1. Anthony Adverse, Hervey Allen (1889 - 1949)--Text (3 mb)--ZIP (1.2 mb)----->Zipped HTML--Vol 1--Vol 2--Vol 3

2. Lamb in His Bosom, Caroline Miller (1903 - 2002)

3. So Red the Rose, Stark Young (1881 - 1963)

4. Good-Bye, Mr. Chips, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

5. Within This Present, Margaret Ayer Barnes (1886 - 1967)

6. Work of Art, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

7. Private Worlds, Phyllis Bottome (1884 - 1963)

8. Mary Peters, Mary Ellen Chase (1887 - 1973)

9. Oil for the Lamps of China, Alice Tisdale Hobart (1882 - 1967)

10. Seven Gothic Tales, Isak Dinesen (1885 - 1962)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. While Rome Burns, Alexander Woollcott (1887 - 1943)

2. Life Begins at Forty, Walter B. Pitkin

3. Nijinsky, Romola Nijinsky (1892 - 1978)

4. 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs, Arthur Kallet and F. J. Schlink

5. The Native's Return, Louis Adamic (1899 - 1951)

6. Stars Fell on Alabama, Carl Carmer (1893 - 1976)

7. Brazilian Adventure, Peter Fleming (1907 - 1971)

8. Forty-two Years in the White House, Ike Hoover (1871 - 1933)

9. You Must Relax, Edmund Jacobson (1888 - 1983)

10. The Life of Our Lord, Charles Dickens

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F I C T I O N

1. Green Light, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

2. Vein of Iron, Ellen Glasgow (1873 - 1945)--Text--ZIP--HTML

3. Of Time and the River, Thomas Wolfe (1900 - 1938)--Text(2 mb)--ZIP--HTML

4. Time Out of Mind, Rachel Field (1894 - 1942)

5. Good-Bye, Mr. Chips, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

6. The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, Franz Werfel (1890 - 1945)

7. Heaven's My Destination, Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

8. Lost Horizon, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

9. Come and Get It, Edna Ferber (1887 - 1968)

10. Europa, Robert Briffault (1876 - 1948)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. North to the Orient, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 - 2001)

2. While Rome Burns, Alexander Woollcott

3. Life with Father, Clarence Day (1874 - 1935)--Text--ZIP--HTML

4. Personal History, Vincent Sheean

5. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence--Text--ZIP

6. Francis the First, Francis Hackett

7. Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, Stefan Zweig

8. Rats, Lice and History, Hans Zinsser

9. R. E. Lee, Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 - 1952)

10. Skin Deep, M. C. Phillips

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F I C T I O N

1. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell--Text (2.3 mb)--ZIP

2. The Last Puritan, George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

3. Sparkenbroke, Charles Morgan (1894 - 1958)

4. Drums Along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds (1903 - 1998)

5. It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

6. White Banners, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

7. The Hurricane, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

8. The Thinking Reed, Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)

9. The Doctor, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876 - 1958)

10. Eyeless in Gaza, Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Man the Unknown, Alexis Carrel

2. Wake Up and Live!, Dorothea Brande

3. The Way of a Transgressor, Negley Farson

4. Around the World in Eleven Years, Patience, Richard, and Johnny Abbe

5. North to the Orient, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 - 2001)

6. An American Doctor's Odyssey, Victor Heiser

7. Inside Europe, John Gunther

8. Live Alone and Like It, Marjorie Hillis

9. Life with Father, Clarence Day (1874 - 1935)--Text--ZIP--HTML

10. I Write As I Please, Walter Duranty

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F I C T I O N

1. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell--Text (2.3 mb)--ZIP

2. Northwest Passage, Kenneth Roberts (1885 - 1957)

3. The Citadel, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

4. And So-Victoria, Vaughan Wilkins (1890 - 1959)

5. Drums Along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds (1903 - 1998)

6. The Years, Virginia Woolf--Text--ZIP--HTML

7. Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham

8. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

9. The Rains Came, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

10. We Are Not Alone, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955)

2. An American Doctor's Odyssey, Victor Heiser (1873 - 1972)

3. The Return to Religion, Henry C. Link (1889 - 1952)

4. The Arts, Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1882 - 1944)

5. Orchids on Your Budget, Marjorie Hillis (1890 - 1971)

6. Present Indicative, Noel Coward (1899 - 1973)

7. Mathematics for the Million, Lancelot Hogben (1895 - 1975)

8. Life with Mother, Clarence Day (1874 - 1935)--Text--ZIP--HTML

9. The Nile, Emil Ludwig (1881 - 1948)

10. The Flowering of New England, Van Wyck Brooks (1886 - 1963)

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F I C T I O N

1. The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)--Text--ZIP--HTML--ZIPPED HTML--(illustrations by N. C. Wyeth)

2. The Citadel, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

3. My Son, My Son!, Howard Spring

4. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

5. Northwest Passage, Kenneth Roberts (1885 - 1957)

6. All This, and Heaven Too, Rachel Field (1894 - 1942)

7. The Rains Came, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

8. And Tell of Time, Laura Krey

9. The Mortal Storm, Phyllis Bottome (1884 - 1963)

10. Action at Aquila, Hervey Allen (1889 - 1949)----Text--ZIP--HTML

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Importance of Living, Lin Yutang (1895 - 1976)

2. With Malice Toward Some, Margaret Halsey (1910 - 1997)

3. Madame Curie, Eve Curie

4. Listen! The Wind, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 - 2001)

5. The Horse and Buggy Doctor, Arthur E. Hertzler (1870 - 1946)

6. How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955)

7. Benjamin Franklin, Carl Van Doren (1885 - 1950)

8. I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)

9. Alone, Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

10. Fanny Kemble, Margaret Armstrong (1867 - 1944)

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F I C T I O N

1. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

2. All This, and Heaven Too, Rachel Field (1894 - 1942)

3. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

4. Wickford Point, John P. Marquand (1893-1960)

5. Escape, Ethel Vance (1891 - 1991)

6. Disputed Passage, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP--HTML

7. The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings--Text--ZIP--HTML--ZIPPED HTML--(illustrations by N. C. Wyeth)

8. The Tree of Liberty, Elizabeth Page

9. The Nazarene, Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)

10. Kitty Foyle, Christopher Morley

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Days of Our Years, Pierre van Paassen (1895 - 1968)

2. Reaching for the Stars, Nora Waln (1895 - 1964)

3. Inside Asia, John Gunther (1901 - 1970)

4. Autobiography with Letters, William Lyon Phelps (1865 - 1943)

5. Country Lawyer, Bellamy Partridge (1878 - 1960)

6. Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de St. Exupéry (1900 - 1944)

7. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)--Text--ZIP [Translated into English by James Murphy (died 1946).]

8. A Peculiar Treasure, Edna Ferber (1885 - 1968)

9. Not Peace but a Sword, Vincent Sheean (1899 - 1975)

10. Listen! The Wind, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 - 2001)

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F I C T I O N

1. How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn (1906 - 1983)

2. Kitty Foyle, Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

3. Mrs. Miniver, Jan Struther (1901 - 1953)--Text--ZIP

4. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

5. The Nazarene, Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)

6. Stars on the Sea, F. van Wyck Mason (1901 - 1978)

7. Oliver Wiswell, Kenneth Roberts (1885 - 1957)

8. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

9. Night in Bombay, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

10. The Family, Nina Fedorova

N O N F I C T I O N

1. I Married Adventure, Osa Johnson (1894 - 1953)

2. How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler (1902 - 2001)

3. A Smattering of Ignorance, Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)

4. Country Squire in the White House, John T. Flynn (1882 - 1964)

5. Land Below the Wind, Agnes Newton Keith

6. American White Paper, Joseph W. Alsop Jr. and Robert Kintnor

7. New England: Indian Summer, Van Wyck Brooks

8. As I Remember Him, Hans Zinsser (1878 - 1940)

9. Days of Our Years, Pierre van Paassen (1895 - 1968)

10. Bet It's a Boy, Betty B. Blunt

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F I C T I O N

1. The Keys of the Kingdom, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

2. Random Harvest, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)--Text--ZIP--HTML

3. This Above All, Eric Knight (1897-1943)

4. The Sun Is My Undoing, Marguerite Steen (1894-1975)

5. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

6. Oliver Wiswell, Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957)

7. H. M. Pulham, Esquire, John P. Marquand (1893-1960)

8. Mr. and Mrs. Cugat, Isabel Scott Rorick (1900-1967)

9. Saratoga Trunk, Edna Ferber (1887-1968)

10. Windswept, Mary Ellen Chase (1887–1973)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Berlin Diary, William L. Shirer (1904 - 1993)

2. The White Cliffs, Alice Duer Miller (1874 - 1942)

3. Out of the Night, Jan Valtin (1904 - 1951)

4. Inside Latin America, John Gunther (1901 - 1970)

5. Blood, Sweat and Tears, Winston S. Churchill (1874 - 1965)

6. You Can't Do Business with Hitler, Douglas Miller

7. Reading I've Liked, Clifton Fadiman, editor (1904 - 1999)

8. Reveille in Washington, Margaret Leech (1893 - 1974)

9. Exit Laughing, Irvin S. Cobb (1876 - 1944)

10. My Sister and I, Dirk van der Heide

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F I C T I O N

1. The Song of Bernadette, Franz Werfel (1890 - 1945)

2. The Moon Is Down, John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

3. Dragon Seed, Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

4. And Now Tomorrow, Rachel Field (1894 - 1942)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

5. Drivin' Woman, Elizabeth Pickett (1896 - 1984)

6. Windswept, Mary Ellen Chase (1887 - 1973)

7. The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

8. The Sun Is My Undoing, Marguerite Steen (1894 - 1975)

9. Kings Row, Henry Bellamann (Pseudonym of Heinrich Hauer) (1882 - 1945)

10. The Keys of the Kingdom, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. See Here, Private Hargrove, Marion Hargrove

2. Mission to Moscow, Joseph E. Davies

3. The Last Time I Saw Paris, Elliot Paul

4. Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings--Text--ZIP--HTML

5. Victory Through Air Power, Major Alexander P. de Seversky

6. Past Imperfect, Ilka Chase

7. They Were Expendable, W. L. White

8. Flight to Arras, Antoine de St. Exupéry

9. Washington Is Like That, W. M. Kiplinger

10. Inside Latin America, John Gunther

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F I C T I O N

1. The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

2. The Valley of Decision, Marcia Davenport (1903 - 1996)

3. So Little Time, John P. Marquand (1893-1960)

4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith (1896 - 1972)

5. The Human Comedy, William Saroyan (1908 - 1981)

6. Mrs. Parkington, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

7. The Apostle, Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)

8. Hungry Hill, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

9. The Forest and the Fort, Hervey Allen (1889 - 1949)

10. The Song of Bernadette, Franz Werfel (1890 - 1945)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Under Cover, John Roy Carlson

2. One World, Wendell L. Willkie

3. Journey Among Warriors, Eve Curie

4. On Being a Real Person, Harry Emerson Fosdick

5. Guadalcanal Diary, Richard Tregaskis

6. Burma Surgeon, Lt. Col. Gordon Seagrave

7. Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough

8. U. S. Foreign Policy, Walter Lippmann

9. Here Is Your War, Ernie Pyle

10. See Here, Private Hargrove, Marion Hargrove

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F I C T I O N

1. Strange Fruit, Lillian Smith (1897 - 1966)

2. The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith (1896 - 1972)

4. Forever Amber, Kathleen Winsor (1919 - 2003)

5. The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

6. The Green Years, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

7. Leave Her to Heaven, Ben Ames Williams (1889 - 1953)

8. Green Dolphin Street, Elizabeth Goudge (1900 - 1984)

9. A Bell for Adano, John Hersey (1914 - 1993)

10. The Apostle, Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. I Never Left Home, Bob Hope

2. Brave Men, Ernie Pyle

3. Good Night, Sweet Prince, Gene Fowler

4. Under Cover, John Roy Carlson

5. Yankee from Olympus, Catherine Drinker Bowen

6. The Time for Decision, Sumner Welles

7. Here Is Your War, Ernie Pyle

8. Anna and the King of Siam, Margaret Landon

9. The Curtain Rises, Quentin Reynolds

10. Ten Years in Japan, Joseph C. Grew

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F I C T I O N

1. Forever Amber, Kathleen Winsor (1919 - 2003)

2. The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

3. The Black Rose, Thomas B. Costain (1885 - 1965)

4. The White Tower, James Ramsey Ullman (1907 - 1971)

5. Cass Timberlane, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP

6. A Lion Is in the Streets, Adria Locke Langley (1899 - 1983)

7. So Well Remembered, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

8. Captain from Castile, Samuel Shellabarger(1888 - 1954)

9. Earth and High Heaven, Adria Locke Langley (1899 - 1983)

10. Immortal Wife, Irving Stone (1903 – 1989)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Brave Men, Ernie Pyle

2. Dear Sir, Juliet Lowell

3. Up Front, Bill Mauldin

4. Black Boy, Richard Wright

5. Try and Stop Me, Bennett Cerf

6. Anything Can Happen, George and Helen Papashvily

7. General Marshall's Report, U.S. War Department General Staff

8. The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald

9. The Thurber Carnival, James Thurber

10. Pleasant Valley, Louis Bromfield (1896 - 1956)

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F I C T I O N

1. The King's General, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

2. This Side of Innocence, Taylor Caldwell (1900 - 1985)

3. The River Road, Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885 - 1970)

4. The Miracle of the Bells, Russell Janney (1884 - 1963)

5. The Hucksters, Frederic Wakeman (1909 - )

6. The Foxes of Harrow, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

7. Arch of Triumph, Erich Maria Remarque (1898 - 1970)

8. The Black Rose, Thomas B. Costain (1885 - 1965)

9. B. F.'s Daughter, John P. Marquand (1893-1960)

10. The Snake Pit, Mary Jane Ward (1905 - )

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald

2. Peace of Mind, Joshua L. Liebman

3. As He Saw It, Elliott Roosevelt

4. The Roosevelt I Knew, Frances Perkins

5. Last Chapter, Ernie Pyle

6. Starling of the White House, Thomas Sugrue and Col. Edmund Starling

7. I Chose Freedom, Victor Kravchenko

8. The Anatomy of Peace, Emery Reves

9. Top Secret, Ralph Ingersoll

10. A Solo in Tom-Toms, Gene Fowler

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F I C T I O N

1. The Miracle of the Bells, Russell Janney (1884 - 1963)

2. The Moneyman, Thomas B. Costain (1885 - 1965)

3. Gentleman's Agreement, Laura Z. Hobson (1900 - 1986)

4. Lydia Bailey, Kenneth Roberts (1885 - 1957)

5. The Vixens, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

6. The Wayward Bus, John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

7. House Divided, Ben Ames Williams (1889 - 1953)

8. Kingsblood Royal, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)--Text--ZIP

9. East Side, West Side, Marcia Davenport (1903 - 1996)

10. Prince of Foxes, Samuel Shellabarger (1888 - 1954)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Peace of Mind, Joshua L. Liebman

2. Information Please Almanac, 1947, John Kieran, editor

3. Inside U.S.A., John Gunther

4. A Study of History, Arnold J. Toynbee

5. Speaking Frankly, James F. Byrnes

6. Human Destiny, Pierre Lecomte du Noüy

7. The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald

8. The American Past, Roger Butterfield

9. The Fireside Book of Folk Songs, Margaret B. Boni, editor

10. Together, Katharine T. Marshall

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F I C T I O N

1. The Big Fisherman, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

2. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer (1923 - )

3. Dinner at Antoine's, Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885 - 1970)

4. The Bishop's Mantle, Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1888 - 1982)

5. Tomorrow Will Be Better, Betty Smith (1896 - 1972)

6. The Golden Hawk, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

7. Raintree County, Ross Lockridge Jr. (1914 - 1948)

8. Shannon's Way, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

9. Pilgrim's Inn, Elizabeth Goudge (1900 - 1984)

10. The Young Lions, Irwin Shaw (1913 - 1984)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Crusade in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower

2. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie

3. Peace of Mind, Joshua L. Liebman

4. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, A. C. Kinsey, et al.

5. Wine, Women and Words, Billy Rose

6. The Life and Times of the Shmoo, Al Capp

7. The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill

8. Roosevelt and Hopkins, Robert E. Sherwood

9. A Guide to Confident Living, Norman Vincent Peale

10. The Plague and I, Betty MacDonald

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F I C T I O N

1. The Egyptian, Mika Waltari (1908 - 1979)

2. The Big Fisherman, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

3. Mary, Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)

4. A Rage to Live, John O'Hara (1905 - 1970)

5. Point of No Return, John P. Marquand (1893-1960)

6. Dinner at Antoine's, Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885 - 1970)

7. High Towers, Thomas B. Costain (1885 - 1965)

8. Cutlass Empire, Van Wyck Mason (1901 - 1978)

9. Pride's Castle, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

10. Father of the Bride, Edward Streeter (1891 - 1976)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. White Collar Zoo, Clare Barnes Jr.

2. How to Win at Canasta, Oswald Jacoby

3. The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton

4. Home Sweet Zoo, Clare Barnes Jr.

5. Cheaper by the Dozen, Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

6. The Greatest Story Ever Told, Fulton Oursler

7. Canasta, the Argentine Rummy Game, Ottilie H. Reilly

8. Canasta, Josephine Artayeta de Viel and Ralph Michael

9. Peace of Soul, Fulton J. Sheen

10. A Guide to Confident Living, Norman Vincent Peale

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F I C T I O N

1. The Cardinal, Henry Morton Robinson (1898 - 1961)

2. Joy Street, Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885 - 1970)

3. Across the River and into the Trees, Ernest Hemingway (1898 - 1961)

4. The Wall, John Hersey (1914 - 1993)

5. Star Money, Kathleen Winsor (1919 - 2003)

6. The Parasites, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

7. Floodtide, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

8. Jubilee Trail, Gwen Bristow (1903 - 1980)

9. The Adventurer, Mika Waltari (1908 - 1979)

10. The Disenchanted, Budd Schulberg (1914 - )

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book

2. The Baby

3. Look Younger, Live Longer, Gayelord Hauser

4. How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, Frank Bettger

5. Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl

6. Mr. Jones, Meet the Master, Peter Marshall

7. Your Dream Home, Hubbard Cobb

8. The Mature Mind, H. A. Overstreet

9. Campus Zoo, Clare Barnes Jr.

10. Belles on Their Toes, Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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F I C T I O N

1. From Here to Eternity, James Jones (1921 - 1977)

2. The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk (1915 - )

3. Moses, Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)

4. The Cardinal, Henry Morton Robinson (1898 - 1961)

5. A Woman Called Fancy, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

6. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat (1910 - 1979)

7. Melville Goodwin, U.S.A., John P. Marquand (1893-1960)

8. Return to Paradise, James A. Michener (1907 - 1997)

9. The Foundling, Cardinal Spellman (1889 - 1967)

10. The Wanderer, Mika Waltari (1908 - 1979)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. Look Younger, Live Longer, Gayelord Hauser

2. Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book

3. Washington Confidential, Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer

4. Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book

5. Better Homes and Gardens Handyman's Book

6. The Sea Around Us, Rachel L. Carson

7. Thorndike-Barnhart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary, Clarence L. Barnhart, editor

8. Pogo, Walt Kelly (1913 - 1973)

9. Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl

10. The New Yorker Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Album

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F I C T I O N

1. The Silver Chalice, Thomas B. Costain (1885 - 1965)

2. The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk (1915 - )

3. East of Eden, John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

4. My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

5. Steamboat Gothic, Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885 - 1970)

6. Giant, Edna Ferber (1885 - 1968)

7. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (1898 - 1961)

8. The Gown of Glory, Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1888 - 1982)

9. The Saracen Blade, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

10. The Houses in Between, Howard Spring (1889 - 1965)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version

2. A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall (1914 - 1983)

3. U.S.A. Confidential, Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer

4. The Sea Around Us, Rachel L. Carson

5. Tallulah, Tallulah Bankhead

6. The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

7. This I Believe, Edward P. Morgan, editor; Edward R. Murrow, foreword

8. This Is Ike, Wilson Hicks, editor

9. Witness, Whittaker Chambers

10. Mr. President, William Hillman

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F I C T I O N

1. The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas (1877 - 1951)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

2. The Silver Chalice, Thomas B. Costain (1885 - 1965)

3. Désirée, Annemarie Selinko (1914 - 1986)

4. Battle Cry, Leon M. Uris (1924 - 2003)

5. From Here to Eternity, James Jones (1921 - 1977)

6. The High and the Mighty, Ernest K. Gann (1910 - 1991)

7. Beyond This Place, A. J. Cronin (1896 - 1981)

8. Time and Time Again, James Hilton (1900 - 1954)--Text--ZIP-- HTML

9. Lord Vanity, Samuel Shellabarger (1888 - 1954)

10. The Unconquered, Ben Ames Williams (1889 - 1953)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version

2. The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

3. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, Alfred C. Kinsey, et al.

4. Angel Unaware, Dale Evans Rogers (1912 - 2001)

5. Life Is Worth Living, Fulton J. Sheen (1895 - 1979)

6. A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall (1914 - 1983)

7. This I Believe, Edward P. Morgan, editor; Edward R. Murrow, foreword

8. The Greatest Faith Ever Known, Fulton Oursler and G.A.O. Armstrong

9. How to Play Your Best Golf, Tommy Armour (1895 - 1968)

10. A House Is Not a Home, Polly Adler (1900 - c. 1962)

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F I C T I O N

1. Not as a Stranger, Morton Thompson (c. 1908 - 1953)

2. Mary Anne, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

3. Love Is Eternal, Irving Stone (1903 - 1989)

4. The Royal Box, Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885 - 1970)

5. The Egyptian, Mika Waltari (1908 - 1979)

6. No Time for Sergeants, Mac Hyman (1923 - 1963)

7. Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

8. The View from Pompey's Head, Hamilton Basso (1904 - 1964)

9. Never Victorious, Never Defeated, Taylor Caldwell (1900 - 1985)

10. Benton's Row, Frank Yerby (1916 - 1991)

N O N F I C T I O N

1. The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version

2. The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

3. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 

4. Betty Crocker's Good and Easy Cook Book

5. The Tumult and the Shouting, Grantland Rice (1880 - 1954)

6. I'll Cry Tomorrow, Lillian Roth, Gerold Frank, and Mike Connolly

7. The Prayers of Peter Marshall, Catherine Marshall, editor

8. This I Believe, 2, Raymond Swing, editor

9. But We Were Born Free, Elmer Davis (1890 - 1958)

10. The Saturday Evening Post Treasury, Roger Butterfield, editor

Updated 20 January 2014