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    Collected Millar: Legendary Novels of Suspense by Margaret Millar

The four novels in this collection straddle one of the most tumultuous decades of the 20th century and display Millar's uncanny ability to craft truly disturbing suspense fiction while still addressing social issues. Complex discussions of feminism, child abuse, and racism blend seamlessly into four of the most chilling tales ever told.

Year: 1960
Genre: Cold CaseMissing PersonPrivate Eye

    The Warriors by Sol Yurick

The basis for the cult-classic film The Warriors chronicles one New York City gang's nocturnal journey through the seedy, dangerous subways and city streets of the 1960s. Every gang in the city meets on a sweltering July 4 night in a Bronx park for a peace rally. The Warriors follows the Dominators making their way back to their home territory without being killed.

Year: 1965
Genre: Coming of AgeCrime Fiction

    Fertig by Sol Yurick

Sol Yurick's cult novel, originally published in 1966, blasts the American judicial system and society in general. It was called 'one of the fiercest and most effective satires to come out of America in a decade' by The Spectator. Although written before his debut published novel The Warriors (1965), like that work, Fertig was eventually made into a movie--The Confession (1999) starring Ben Kingsley.

Year: 1966
Genre: Satire

    Couples by John Updike

One of the signature novels of the American 1960s, Couples is a book that, when it debuted, scandalized the public with prose pictures of the way people live, and that today provides an engrossing epitaph to the short, happy life of the "post-Pill paradise."

Year: 1968
Genre: Literature

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

To most, Ken Kesey is best known as the author of the celebrated novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. But for Tom Wolfe, Ken was the leader of the Merry Pranksters, a band of counter-culture bohemians who traveled cross-country in a far-out, brightly painted school bus they dubbed Furthur.

Year: 1968
Genre: New JournalismNon-fiction

    Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

A memorable novel by one of America’s greatest twentieth-century authors, Rich Man, Poor Man offers a gripping ride through America between the Second World War and Vietnam. It was made into one of the first primetime TV mini-series, and starred Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss, and Susan Blakely.

Year: 1969
Genre: Family Saga

    To The Bright and Shining Sun by James Lee Burke

This early novel from bestselling author James Lee Burke is a gritty coming-of-age story about a young Kentucky miner growing up in the Appalachian mountains who’s torn between his family life and the lure of the city.

Year: 1970
Genre: Coming of AgeSuspense

    Vital Parts by Thomas Berger

The third novel in Thomas Berger’s acclaimed Carlo Reinhart Series, Vital Parts is a stingingly hilarious swipe at twentieth-century culture and mores. Unrestrained and unapologetic, it is a tour de force from a master satirist that stands alongside Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, and the novels of Kurt Vonnegut as a trenchant and funny comment on American life.

Year: 1970
Genre: HumorSatireSuburbia

    Lay Down My Sword and Shield by James Lee Burke

Vintage James Lee Burke: The first novel introducing the memorable Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, coming of age against the backdrop of the civil rights era in a sultry border town.

Year: 1971
Genre: Legal Thriller

    The Drifters by James A. Michener

In this triumphant bestseller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world--as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them.

Year: 1971




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1960Collected Millar: Legendary Novels of Suspense by Margaret Millar Cold Case, Missing Person, Private Eye
1965The Warriors by Sol Yurick Coming of Age, Crime Fiction, New York City
1966Fertig by Sol Yurick Satire, New York City
1968Couples by John Updike Literature
1968The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe Non-fiction, New Journalism, Non-Fiction
1969Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw Family Saga
1970To The Bright and Shining Sun by James Lee Burke Coming of Age, Suspense
1970Vital Parts by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1971Lay Down My Sword and Shield by James Lee Burke Legal Thriller, Hackberry Holland, Texas
1971The Drifters by James A. Michener Africa, Spain
1971The Merry Month of May by James Jones Paris
1973Souvenirs of a Blown World by Gregory Mcdonald Non-Fiction
1979The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Historical, Non-fiction
1981Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman
1984The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike Literature, Witches
1986Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
1989A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving Coming of Age
1995American Tabloid by James Ellroy Political Noir, Secret History, Underworld USA Trilogy
1997American Pastoral by Philip Roth Family Drama, Historical, Realism, Zuckerman
1997The Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney
2001The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy Crime Fiction, Political Noir, Underworld USA Trilogy
2009Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy Political Noir, Underworld USA Trilogy
2009Rocket Men by Craig Nelson Non-Fiction
The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon
2014Conversations with Ken Kesey by Ken Kesey Autobiography, Non-Fiction
2014The Lion's Gate by Steven Pressfield Military, Israel, Middle East, Non-Fiction
On the Front Lines of the Six Day War
2020Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell Music
2021Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke Historical Thriller, Whats New, Holland Family Saga





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