Just a reminder: the Book Discussion Workshop is scheduled for February the 9th in the RSF2 Room. Bonnie Byrne, a communication specialist and our former president will present some of her own successful secrets for book discussion. Seating is limited. We need to know how many are attending - please RSVP by contacting Jacquie Brunner: email@example.com.
Talking about books. What were they reading fifty years ago?
In 1967, miniskirts were in fashion, 500,000 troops in Vietnam and the Cold War was real. We admired “secret agent man.” The average cost of a new home was $14,200 and gas per gallon was 32 cents.
Do you remember Jacqueline Susann's first novel, Valley of the Dolls?. I'm sure some were reading it while listening Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence?
Just for the fun of it, I thought it would be nice to find out what they were reading in 1967 - New York Times Best-sellers list for January 1967.
Best Seller List - 1967
- The Secret of Santa Vittoria, by Robert Crichton
- Capable of Honor by Allen Drury
- Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (best-selling novel of 1966. It has sold 30 million copies in the last fifty years. It was made into one movie and two TV series)
- The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
- The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault
- Tai-Pan by James Clavell (Author and screen-writer best known for novels, The Great Escape and To Sir, With Love.)
- The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
- A Dream of Kings by Harry Mark Petrakis (at this writing he was 93 years old)
- All in The Family by Edwin O’Connor
- The Adventurers by Harrold Robbins (all but one of Robbins’ dozen novels were adapted for television or film)
- Everything but Money by Sam Levenson
- Rush to Judgment by Mark Lane (Critique of the Warren Commission investigation of the assignation of President Kennedy)
- Games People Play by Erick Berne
- How to Avoid Probate by Norman F. Dacey
- Paper Lion by George Plimpton
- Winston S. Churchill by Randolph S. Churchill (son of Winston S. Churchill.)
- The Jury Returns by Louis Nizer (Prominent trial lawyer. Wrote the foreword to the Warren Commission report on the Kennedy assassination. Guinness Book of World Records listed him for many years as the highest paid lawyer in the world.)
- With Kennedy by Pierre Slinger (White House press secretary memoir)
10. The Boston Strangler by Gerald Frank (the story of Albert DeSalvo who murdered thirteen women in the Boston area in the early 60’s)
Again, just one more reminder: Book Discussion Workshop, Thursday, February 9th at 7pm in RSF2 Room - contact Jacquie Brunner: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBC Web Master