Top 10 Novels of 1960

We’re on the brink of another year and another decade, which means it’s time for a new list of bestsellers.

I’ll begin 2010 with reviews of novels on the bestseller list 50 years before. I find it disconcerting, if not actually frightening, to realize novels that were new in 1960 when I was a teenager are now vintage novels.

The top two slots in 1960 are held by two novels from the 1959 bestseller list, Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent and James A Michener’s Hawaii. The other books on the list are not widely known today. In the next eight weeks, we’ll see which are worth digging for and which aren’t worth the effort. Here’s the entire list:

  1. Advise and Consent by Allen  Drury
  2. Hawaii by James A. Michener
  3. The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  4. The Chapman Report by Irving Wallace
  5. Ourselves to Know by John O’Hara
  6. The Constant Image by Marcia Davenport
  7. The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase
  8. The Listener by Taylor Daldwell
  9. Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute
  10. Sermons and Soda-Water by John O’Hara

Since I reviewed Advise and Consent and Hawaii here already, on January 6, 2010 ‘ll post a review of The Leopard.

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Linda G. Aragoni

I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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