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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1960s Titles

Endless Night
Endless Night by Agatha Christie (1960s)
This was a good story. It is not your typical Christie detective story. The story is told in the first person. It is about a young couple that by chance meet. They fall in love and build their dream house. Perhaps it was a nightmare house. There is an old gipsy woman who reads their fortunes and warns of grave dangers. The young woman is from a rich controlling family and is befriended by Greta. Greta allows her to experience life and happiness. But the happiness turned into terror for her as she eventually meets her death in a riding accident. Was it an accident? Who murdered her? Interesting story. -- Added by thewritejim on 03/09/2014

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Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1960s)
Read with kids -- Added by jsa on 03/02/2014

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre (1960s)
First book that I remember reading by John Le Carre, and apparently he was know for the kinds of twists in plot that characterize this book. I didn't see the end coming, but it was a very exciting chase to the end. I recommend this book. -- Added by EmilyS on 02/27/2014

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Koineg (1960s)
This is a classic enjoyed by both kids and adults. Claudia sets out to New York City with her brother, determined to "return different." A mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art keeps her and her younger brother Jamie occupied for a couple of weeks, and leads to a surprise ending that's entertaining to read. I'd definitely recommend it. -- Added by EmilyS on 02/27/2014

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Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor
Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor by Patrick Taylor (1960s)
This is the 8th book in the series starting with An Irish Country Doctor. It begins with a young dr. going to a small Irish village as assistant to Dr. O'Reilly. After the first couple of books, the focus expands to other characters, with Fingal O'Reilly always most dominant. The series presents an interesting study of Irish way of life and thinking, not only in the 1960s but in flashbacks. I will eagerly await the next ones & hope the writer continues to expand on Fingal's life & times. I recommend listening to the audiobooks as the narrator will have you speaking with an Irish accent (at least in your head) which makes it feel more authentic. -- Added by jkot43 on 02/24/2014

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The Obituary Writer: A Novel
The Obituary Writer: A Novel by Ann Hood (1960s)
Good book to read for this reading program as it could be either of two different decades. Although I liked this book, I was expecting a more moving ending. Still worth reading. -- Added by Jean P on 02/23/2014

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The Crystal Cave
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1960s)
King Arthur story from the viewpoint of Merlin -- Added by singer21 on 02/22/2014

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At Bertram's Hotel
At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie (1960s)
Charming mystery with lots of intriguing characters set in post-war London. -- Added by Grier on 02/21/2014

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A Marriage Made in Heaven
A Marriage Made in Heaven by Erma Bombeck (1960s)
It's been a long time since I've read any of Bombeck's work. I'm delighted that I accidentally came upon this book and returned to her humorous writing. A light, pleasant read. -- Added by mrhofferth on 02/20/2014

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The Water Is Wide
The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy (1960s)
This is the story of Pat Conroy's year as a teacher on an island off the coast of South Carolina. These black children were, from the day of their births, given no advantages of the mainland school corporation which had jurisdiction over them. They were a part of the prejudices of that era (the '60's) in the deep south. None of them had ever left the island; most were illiterate. Conroy fought the bureaucracy that had ignored these children, ultimately paying the price of being fired from his job but not before he had opened up to them a world they had never known. Pat Conroy is a master wordsmith; the reader may find him/herself addicted to his writing and turn to his other books after reading this one. -- Added by mrhofferth on 02/20/2014

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A Small Town in Germany
A Small Town in Germany by John le Carre (1960s)
Recommend. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 02/17/2014

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An American Tune
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup (1960s)
Not my favorite book, had difficulty getting through her overly detailed writing style. That being said, it is a romp down memory lane for former IU students that lived in Bloomington during this time period. -- Added by kcheesman on 02/16/2014

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (1960s)
I really enjoyed the writing and the narrator. Neil Gaiman makes fantasy believable and his books appeal to me even though I don't normally read fantasy. -- Added by Kristine on 02/16/2014

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The Cat who Could Read Backwards
The Cat who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun (1960s)
It's so much fun to read a book set so long before the Internet, 9/11, etc. I have forgotten what that time was like! The newspaper business was certainly different then. -- Added by crashweaver on 02/14/2014

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (1960s)
a story everyone should be aware of -- Added by books on 02/14/2014

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