Thursday, December 12, 2013

What were we reading 50 years ago?

Do you remember 1963?  Most everyone remembers the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but many other things happened that year as well--the Beatles's first US single was released (Please Please Me, in case you're wondering), the soap operas General Hospital and The Doctors premiered on TV, and Nelson Mandela's conspiracy trial began.  I've always been fascinated by 1963, so as a librarian, I started wondering what people were reading that year. Some of the books published that year are still well-known and remain in print to this day.

Check out these 1963 books, and many others, on display at the Warrenton Library through December 16:
  • Sword at Sunset, by Rosemary Sutcliff.  This is a classic fictionalized account of the life of King Arthur.  I remember reading this one as a teenager, and thinking it was one of the best books I'd ever read.
  • Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle.  How many movies has this book launched?
  • The Mother Hunt, by Rex Stout.  Another book in Stout's popular Nero Wolfe series.
  • The Clocks, by Agatha Christie.  One of the later Hercule Poirot mysteries.
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman, by Morris West.  Fiction about an obscure Ukranian bishop who becomes pope.   This book was later made into a movie starring Anthony Quinn.
  • False Colours, by Georgette Heyer.  If you like Regency romances, check this one out.
  • The Civil War:  A Narrative, Volume 2:  Fredericksburg to Meridian, by Shelby Foote.  Foote's three volume Civil War set is very detailed and remains in print today.
  • The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan.  Revolutionary for its time, this is still considered a classic feminist text.
Vicky @ Warrenton

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