Ahead: Reviews of 1936 first-time bestsellers

Can you believe we’re already at the 1936 bestseller list?

Time sure does fly when you’re reading vintage novels.

A man, a woman holding a baby, and a second woman cling to branches in a tree as hurricane roars.
       Detail from the cover of The Hurricane by Nordoff and Hall

I’ll be reviewing eight of the 1936 top 10 sellers.  I  reviewed Gone with the Wind and Drums Along the Mohawk years ago.

Here’s the list. Dates my reviews will be posted are in square brackets.

  1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. The Last Puritan by George Santayana [April 30]
  3. Sparkenbroke by Charles Morgan [May 3]
  4. Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmonds
  5. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis [May 7]
  6. White Banners by Lloyd C. Douglas [May 10]
  7. The Hurricane by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall [May 14]
  8. The Thinking Reed by Rebecca West [May 17]
  9. The Doctor by Mary Roberts Rinehart [May 21]
  10. Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley [May 24]

Spoiler alert: If you have time to read only one of these, read the one that’s in the headlines again in 2016:  It Can’t Happen Here.

I’ll post the poll for you to tick your favorites of the 1936 bestseller list on May 28. You can make your choices over the Memorial Day weekend.

I’ll post my choices for best of the bestsellers of 1936 the last day of May.

Happy reading.

© 2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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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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