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Subject: List of NY Times best sellers from August 9, 1942 to July 22, 2007
Date Posted: 7/24/2007 11:34 PM ET
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Wow, I found this list of (all?) NY Times number one books from the begining to present...

I think it would be neat to read every book on the #1 list for the year I was born....



Doris Day: Her Own Story by A. E. Hotchner (Morrow) - March 14, 1976

The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Simon & Schuster) - April 25, 1976

Passages by Gail Sheehy (Dutton) - August 29, 1976

Roots by Alex Haley (Doubleday) - November 21, 1976



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Date Posted: 7/25/2007 12:21 AM ET
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I think that is completely NEATO!!!!! lol is neatO still a word??   I do think it's very interesting.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 2:23 AM ET
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I went over both lists.  Every time I see lists like this I realized how many books I have never read.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/25/2007 4:28 AM ET
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LOL Coz...I say Neato.  We probably sound like old farts to the young'n's, though. ;)

Mel - I am with ya...I feel so inadequate!

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 9:48 AM ET
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LOLOLOL I could read a book about and by Phil Donahue!!!!!!!!!  That's awesome.  :-)  ("awesome" is something us Gen Y-ers grew up saying)

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 5:21 PM ET
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I love this kind of list.  It's interesting how many books that were best sellers aren't known by us.

I always look at the librarian list and like to try and impress myself by how many I've read!

Date Posted: 7/26/2007 11:09 AM ET
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Interesting list!

I remember reading PASSAGES by Gail Sheehy,  It was a real eye-opener in its day!  ( I was very young when I read it! LOL!)

 The book is like a road map of adult life, and shows the personality and sexual changes we go through in our 20s. 30s, and etc.  I remember thinking that is was a great book....it 's still on my keeper shelf, maybe it's time to read it again!

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Date Posted: 7/26/2007 10:51 PM ET
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Very cool!  My birthday is Sunday = here's the fiction list for 1961:


The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart (Atheneum) - March 26, 1961

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (Doubleday) - April 23, 1961

Franny and Zooey by J. D. Sallinger (Little, Brown) - October 29, 1961


Date Posted: 7/28/2007 5:44 PM ET
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Thanks for the link!  I looked over the lists and was amazed at the books I have read that have been on the lists.  Most of them are pre 1990!  I guess I've got some reading to do to catch up. 

I wonder why the lists get longer?  Is it just a fickle public or did the NYT change something in how they were reported? 

Date Posted: 7/28/2007 9:11 PM ET
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Wow, I've actually read one on the nonfiction list for my birth year -- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.  I will say I am NOT going to read one of the other nonfiction choices, Secrets of Probate (or something like that).

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 7:10 AM ET
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I have been thinking of challenging myself to read one book from each year of the list! I am trying to decide if I would give myself credit for books I have already read that have been on the lists. Could be interesting reading some of the older books...
Date Posted: 7/29/2007 9:44 AM ET
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Well I only looked at the fiction, but I was amazed at the fact that most of the books I have read, which are only a handful, were from the 50s-60s, with a couple from the 80s, and the HP's.  And I was born in the 70s.  LOL

Date Posted: 7/30/2007 10:30 AM ET
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Too bad the books from the year I was born totally suck... seriously this is what people were reading in 1982?  Check out the FOUR books from that year!:

A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney

Jane Fonda's Work Out Book

Life Extension

And More By Andy Rooney


Someone please explain the what was going on 1982 that people bought this crap (no offense to anyone who likes Andy Rooney)

Date Posted: 7/31/2007 6:03 PM ET
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Wow, I liked that list. Especially when I counted up all the books Id read. (45) lol

Date Posted: 7/31/2007 6:03 PM ET
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Wow, I liked that list. Especially when I counted up all the books Id read. (45) lol