If you are looking for more 60’s bestselling fiction, here they are: from the romantic adventure in “The Explorer,” to the political drama of the first black President in “The Man,” and the sexy exploits of a female student’s tell-all, “Candy.” There’s something for everyone!
1964 WORLD ALMANAC —Best Selling Fiction—
1. The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss / Drama / PS3501.U25 R4x
Frank Prescott’s life—the founder of prestigious Episcopal school for boys—is told through the eyes of six interweaving points of view, chronicling the 80-year evolution of the man; his successes, failings, virtues, and his crisis in faith.
2. You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming / Spy PR6056.L4 Y68 1964x
Bond is taken (shaken, but not stirred) to the exotic Orient, Dr. Shatterhands & his suicide gardens, as well as the lovely, enticing, and delightful Kissy Suzuki.
3. Herzog by Saul Bellow / Drama / PS3503.E4488 H5x
The story of a tragically confused intellectual, Moses E. Herzog, who sends out a series of letters to all kinds of people after suffering from a sort of midlife crisis: The letters are thoughtful ruminations on the break-up of his second marriage; growing up Jewish; and the perceived general failure of his life.
4. Hurry Sundown by K.B. Gilden / Drama / PS3557.I3427 H8x
With its themes of race, gender and inequality, this story centers on black and white Southern sharecroppers. Although a popular bestseller–it quickly garnered the husband and wife co-writing team of Katya and Bert Gilden movie rights to their book–critics panned the 1100 page book. The 1967 movie version stars Michael Caine and a saxophone-playing Jane Fonda, directed by Otto Preminger.
5. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman /
Drama / PS3561.A83x U6
An optimistic and idealistic first-year teacher in a large metropolitan high school is beset by red-tape, inadequate facilities and memorable students.
6. The Explorer by Frances Parkinson Keyes / Adventure drama / PS3521.E86 E9x
Adventurer Nicolas Hale needs a son to inherit his name and carry on his life’s work on a lost city in the Andes. When he marries a woman he deems suitable to mother his child, Margaret Porterfield, she soon finds herself left behind and never able share in his passionate life’s work…
7. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre / Spy thriller / PR6062.E33 S64x 1964
English spy Leamas is put on the shelf and now a paid defector in order to find out how Mundt, a double-agent in Germany, is able to dispose of so many English agents. In the process, Leamas finds himself attracted to a Communist woman. A whole host of victims, belligerence and revenge ensues…
8. The Horse Knows the Way by John O’Hara / Short Stories / PS3529.H29 H67 1964x
“The latest volume of 28 short stories in O’Hara’s Comedie Humaine, from one the most penetrating observers of the contemporary scene. So much sheer life, so many stunning portraits, so much shrewdness and raw power” (from the critics, back in the day…).
9. Candy by Terry Southern / Sex / (I-Share)
All about Candy’s thesis which is based on her experiences: “to give of one’s self…is a thrilling privilege.” Simultaneously described, back in 1964, as pornography, burlesque, farce, satire… and just plain funny. Candy’s “no, no” to a psychiatrist, a hunchback, a yogi…just might mean “yes, yes.”
10. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart / Suspense / (I-Share)
Lucy Waring is on holiday in the Greek Island of Corfu–believed to be the real scene of the Tempest–with her married sister. The two sisters stumble upon a goofy Shakespearean actor (with handsome son in tow), a beached dolphin, Albanian money smugglers, and wild motorcycle rides.
11. Armageddon: A novel of Berlin by Leon Uris / War / PS3541.R46 A8x
After World War II, Sean O’Sullivan—who hates Germans—of course, falls in love with a German girl while the Russians and the Americans clash over Berlin.
12. Julian by Gore Vidal / Historical Fiction / PS3543.I26 J8x 1964
The story of Julian, the short-lived but brilliant Roman emperor and philosopher who dedicated himself to the restoration of Hellenism whilst attempting to halt the spread of Christianity.
13. The Man / by Irving Wallace / American Politics / PS3573.A426 M3x
It’s 1964 in the Cabinet Room of the White House where an unexpected accident has made Douglass Dilman the first Black President of the United States. Amid domestic and international scandals, violence, dissension and hostility, President Dilman must shoulder the burdens of his office, his race, and his private life—all in the harsh glare of publicity. Sound familiar?
The New York Times bestselling fiction lists reflect the diverse tastes of the reading public–whether it is a Sci-Fi medical thriller where a deadly virus from a satellite is brought back to earth in The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; Gore Vidal’s dark, gender bending comedy Myra Breckinridge; the nosy, creepy neighbors who come bearing bitter chocolate mousse in Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin; a Christian romance in Christy who is torn between two suitors by Catherine Marshall; a burned out womanizer and world famous artist seeks escape in the Congo in A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Green; or eight female friends from Vassar, 30 years after graduation–their marriages, their work, their lives–in Mary McCarthy’s social satire, The Group. Currently on display in the Atrium, 1st floor, above the Read & Relax paperbacks.
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For more fiction from 1964, see below… 2014 World Almanac fiction 1964 bestsellers
The federal “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009” expires December 31, 2014. Be prepared and get the scoop on where you stand as a renter in the event of your landlord or building management going into foreclosure. Find out what a “Lis Pendens” is; be aware of what the term “cash for keys” means; do you have a “bona fide” lease? A pamphlet entitled “Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project” distributed by the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing may be of assistance.
During foreclosure, you have the right to…
You may also have the right…To stay until the end of your lease
You also have responsibilities…You must continue to pay your rent
The OCC/Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, goes into a bit more detail on their page entitled Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009; for more information on rental rights results, click here.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo
During the summer of 2014 the Booth atrium displayed a list of 40 travel novels curated by Library Operations Associate Deborah Fennema. Most of the novels were displayed atop the “Read and Relax” bookshelf and next to each was a small stand filled with several beautifully designed bookmarks for each title. Each bookmark features the title, author, Booth Library call number and a brief synopsis of the story. Too lovely to be here and then gone for good, we’ve decided to make the bookmarks available to print and cut yourself. Attached here is a pdf file listing every book that was part of the Armchair Travel fiction display. Some examples of the selected books and synopses are listed below.
The bookmarks above are just one of 8 pages. Some of the other titles include:
Area residents are encouraged to take a step back in time and experience “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” Booth Library will sponsor this exhibit that looks at what is arguably one of the most turbulent and eventful decades of the 20th century.
Although the programs in this series have ended, Booth Library is filled with exhibits exploring numerous aspects of this fascinating decade as Americans experienced it — including developments in the worlds of music, literature, visual arts, science and technology, politics, and social movements.
The public is encouraged to stop by and take a look!
Look, Listen & Learn! In the document linked below you’ll find dozens of primary sources on social issues organized by topic.
Look at paintings created in the 1960s by influential artist Leon Golub*.
Listen to protest music: The turbulent 60s inspired great music.
Songs like “Get Up, Stand Up! Stand up for your rights!”
“War, What Is It Good For?”
“Mercy, Mercy Me”
“What the World Needs Now, is Love”
“Inner City Blues”
performed by Bob Marley, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jackie DeShannon, and many others inspired countless socially minded people to take political action for their beliefs. The many social “causes” prevalent in the 1960s brought about “effects” in the form of these songs, some of the most inspiring music ever written in our culture.
Learn about some of the divisive issues of the decade–straight from the nation’s printing office! Over 120 titles are on display in the Booth Reference Department, coinciding with the Library’s: “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”
A sampling of some of the documents available…
Report on Racial Imbalance in the Boston Public Schools Document CR 1.2:SCH 6/10
The Official Warren Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Document E 842.9 .A55 1964x
President L. B. Johnson’s We Will Stand in Viet-Nam Document S 1.38:137
Cambodia in Perspective, Vietnamization Assured by President R. M. Nixon Document S 1.38:191
A 1968-1972 Epidemiological Study of High School Football Injuries in North Carolina Document Y 3 .C 76/3:2 H 53
Welfare Policy and Its Consequences for the Recipient Population Document HE 17.2:W 45
The Committee on Commerce’s Reviewing Progress made toward the Development and Marketing of a Less Hazardous Cigarette Document Y 4 .C 73/2:90-52
Special investigations and government operations on Organized Crime and Illicit Traffic in Narcotics Document Y 4 .G 74/6:C 86/
Un-American activities are detailed in: Communist Activities in the Chicago, Illinois Area Document Y 4 .UN 1/2:C 73/46/965/ parts 1-2 and Subversive Influences in Riots, Looting, and Burning Document Y 4 .UN 1/2:R 47/ pt.3-6
*Artist Leon Golub’s work was identified and copied from google.com searches for copyright free images.
An Actor’s Work: a Student’s Diary
PN2062 .S7613 2008
Acts of Courage: Vaclav Havel’s Life in the Theater
PG5039.18 .A9 Z87 2005
Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage, 1800-1930
PR635 .W6 E45 2013
America’s Japan and Japan’s Performing Arts: Cultural Mobility and Exchange in New York, 1952-2011
PN2266.5 .T48 2013
Ascendant Peace in the Four Seas: Drama and the Qing Imperial Court
PN2872 .Y4 2012x
Behind the Burly Q: the Story of Burlesque in America
PN1942 .Z46 2013x
Behind the Curtain: the Job of Acting
PN2061 .B667 2012
Communities of Imagination: Contemporary Southeast Asian Theatres
PN2860 .D525 2012
Danny Kaye: King of Jesters
PN2287 .K3 K64 2012x
Dark Attractions: the Theatre of Peter Barnes
PR6052 .A668 Z9 2004x
Early Modern Encounters with the Islamic East-performing Cultures
PN2570 .E24 2012
GV1785 .F67 W37 2013
The Ghosts of the Avant-garde(s): Exorcising Experimental Theater and Performance
PN2193 .E86 H375 2013
History of Modern Drama
PN1601 .K73 2012
The House of Redgrave: the Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty
PN2598 .R417 A35 2012x
Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage
PS338 .W6 C57 2012
London Stage in the Nineteenth Century
PN2596 .L6 T36 2010
Nabokov’s Theatrical Imagination
PG3476 .N3 Z6665 2012
Not Magic but Work: an Ethnographic Account of a Rehearsal Process
PN2071 .R45 M38 2012
Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier
PN2245 .R49 2012
Russian Stage Design, 1880-1930 (v. 1 – 2)
[Note: This book is located in the Oversize collection on the 2nd floor.]
PN2721 .B69 2012x
Sexual Politics in the Work of Tennessee Williams: Desire over Protest
PS3545 .I5365 Z696 2012
Stage Design: Concerts, Events, Ceremonies and Theater
[Note: this book is located in the Oversize collection on the 2nd floor.]
PN2091 .S8 S684 2013x
Theater outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy
PA3202 .T44 2012
The Theban Plays of Sophocles
PA4414 .A2 S53 2007
QH545.P4 C38 1994
Aldo Leopold: A Fierce Green Fire
QH31 .L618 L68 1999
note: Book Stacks locations: call numbers A-H are on the 3000 Level; J-L 2000 Level; P-Z 1000 Level
A Sand County Almanac
QH81 .L56 1989x
Designing for Mobility
Michael John Gorman
TA140.F9 G67 2005x
My First Summer
in the Sierra
QH31.M9 A34 2003
The Ecopoetry Anthology
Edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street
PS595.N22 E27 2013
The Last Whole Earth
QH545 .P4 R32 2007X .DVD
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
GE195 .F537 2012x .DVD
Rome 1960: the Olympics that Changed the World GV722 1960 .M37 2008
Wilma Rudolph: a Biography GV1061.15 .R83 S64 2006
Muhammad Ali: the Making of an Icon
GV1132 .A4 E97 2009
The Muhammad Ali Reader
GV1132 .A44 M83 1998
Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship GV1131 .K56 2006
When We Were Kings
GV1125 .W44 1997x .DVD
Willie Mays: a Biography
GV865 .M38 L47 2005
Sandy Koufax, Strikeout King
(BTC juvenile) 920 K849H
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!
( BTC Juvenile) 796.357 K8492w
1960 World Series:Pittsburg Pirates vs. New York Yankees GV878.4 .N558 2003x .DVD
Wilt, 1962: the Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era GV885.7 .P66 2005
The Golden Jet GV848.5 .H8 A3 2010
Olympisme par l’affiche: 1896-1984 / Olympism through Posters: 1896-1984
GV721.75 .O48 1983
(BTC juvenile) 920 .K849H
Reflections on Mexico ’68
GV722 1968 .R44 2010
Ohio State University vs. University of Michigan
GV956.3 1969 .O55 2007x .DVD
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