Great reads among 1939 top novels

This week, I’ll begin looking at the best-selling novels of 1939.  Top of the list is a famous novel that became an equally famous film: John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Further down the list is another classic book that became a classic film, The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

In the next few weeks, I’ll look at them and the other 8 top-selling novels from 1939 to see what is still good reading for folks in 2009.

Here’s the complete list of books I’ll be reviewing.

  1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  2. All This, and Heaven Too by Rachel Field
  3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  4. Wickford Point by John P. Marquand
  5. Escape by Ethel Vance
  6. Disputed Passage by Lloyd C. Douglas
  7. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  8. The Tree of Liberty by Elizabeth Page
  9. The Nazarene by Sholem Asch
  10. Kitty Foyle by Christopher Morley

Get your library card ready!



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Linda Aragoni

I'm passionate about helping people learn through the medium of nonfiction writing. Although I occasionally have an idea of my own, I mostly build education tools by recycling and repurposing other folks' ideas.

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