Looking for Love Possessed in All the Right Places

If public libraries in my area are representative, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a a copy of By Love Possessed. Within the Four County Library System in New York, there  are copies available from

If you live in the wider world, I suggest you search  for By Love Possessed on WorldCat(R) . WorldCat is a library of libraries, including many college and specialized libraries.  When I want something that doesn’t show up in my public library system data base, I use WorldCat. One cool feature is that I can enter my zip code and find the nearest site that has the book I’m seeking.

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1957 Bestseller List

Fifty years ago, I was in fourth grade.  From my seat in the front corner of the classroom I could easily reach my then-favorite book, The Swiss Family Robinson. The rest of America had a quite different reading list.

Here are the best-selling novels of 1957:

  1. By Love Possessed by James Gould Cozzens
  2. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  3. Compulsion by Meyer Levin
  4. Rally Round the Flag, Boys! by Max Shulman
  5. Blue Camellia by Frances Parkinson Keyes
  6. Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson
  7. The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
  8. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  9. Below the Salt by Thomas B. Costain
  10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

These are the first 10 novels I’ll review in Great Penformances.