1958 Bestseller List

In a few hours it will be 2008. All through the year, I’ll be looking backward to novels that were top sellers 50 or more years ago.

The first bestseller list I’ll review is the hit novels of 1958. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak topped the list. Today the title is more familiar from the movies than from the bookshelves. Find out whether the print version has stood the test of time in my first review of 2008.

Other novels coming up in the next 10 weeks are:

2. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
3. Loita by Valdmir Nobokov
4. Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
5. From the Terrace by John O’Hara
6. Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson
7. Ice Palace by Edna Ferber
8. The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
9. The Enemy Camp by Jerone Weldman
10. Victorine by Frances Parkinson Keyes

Some of these were—and are—fine novels. A few are so dull I can’t recall what they were about without looking at my notes.

I hope to be able to serve up reviews of the top books of and 1948, 1938 and 1928 before 2008 is over. I’ve got four or five novels from those years that I haven’t found yet, but I’ll keep looking.

Happy New Year—and Happy Reading!



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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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