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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1950s Titles

What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw by Agatha Christie (1950s)
This is a good story. This book is also known as 4:50 from Paddington. This is a case solved by Miss Marple. Her investigative style is more conversational. This contrasts with M. Poirot's interrogative style. I enjoy Miss Marple relaxed approach. In this case, a woman is found murdered in a barn. She seems to have a connection to the family that owns the barn. There is an attempt to murder the other family members. After two more murders, Mrs. McGillicuddy comes for a special reason that she does not even know. -- Added by thewritejim on 03/09/2014

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In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1950s)
I'd heard of the author before, not too much about this case. it seemed a good writeup of everything that happened. -- Added by sg0307 on 03/07/2014

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On the Beach by Nevil Shute (1950s)
This book was set in the 1950's at a time when nuclear war was a frightening possibility. The novel focuses on several citizens in an Australian town who are facing their own mortality after a worldwide nuclear war. I enjoyed the characters in this book and considered what my life would be like if I had to face a similar situation. Excellent book. -- Added by booklover14 on 03/04/2014

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Speaking from Among the Bones
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (1950s)
excellent -- Added by ladybug4380 on 03/03/2014

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Morning Glory
Morning Glory by Sarah Jio (1950s)
Two women's stories, one set in the 1950's and one set in the modern day, take place at the same Seattle houseboat and ultimately intertwine. It's quick to get through, and the setting is interesting. -- Added by Zivah on 02/28/2014

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And the Mountains Echoed
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (1950s)
This book spanned from 1950 to present time. It mainly was a story about Afghanistan and different people in that country. He is a great story teller and it is interesting to see how the characters interact and develop. Not an easy read but wort the effort. -- Added by BStrahl on 02/27/2014

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Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace (1950s)
I picked this book up because author Chris Crutcher spoke highly of it, and I can see why. Inspired by a true story of the Jerome AZ 1950 high school football team, it's described by Crutcher as "a raw, funny, powerful love story--about a place, about a time, about a way of life..." Meticulously researched, the story is affected by segregation, the Korean War and Communist-hunting; and the author really delivers on evoking that era, with the added desperation of a failing mining community, and appealing characters who make this book hard to put down. (Fans of high school football will particularly enjoy it too.) -- Added by AnnRaymont on 02/26/2014

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A Season of Gifts
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (1950s)
A light little book about growing up in the 50's. It was OK, but I have other (funnier) authors to go to if I want this sort of story. -- Added by Mrs. K on 02/24/2014

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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger (1950s)
I liked it even though it took me a while to read. It is pretty depressing. I think because you feel bad for the main character at some level. This is one of those books that either you like or hate. Not sure there is a middle ground to it. Glad I read it but not sure I would read it again. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/24/2014

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The Return of the King
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (1950s)
I was struck by the amount of details Tolkien created in Middle Earth. J.K. Rowling must have followed his lead when she was creating the world of Harry Potter. I can't imagine having the time to create that! -- Added by Kfort on 02/22/2014

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (1950s)
This is the 6th book in the Flavia de Luce series by Bradley and it is another great read. I love Flavia - an 11 year old who loves chemistry (especially poisons!) and has a knack for solving crimes. A unique mystery series. -- Added by LCE on 02/22/2014

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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey (1950s)
The books starts in 1956 and ends in 2006, so it could belong to a lot of decades. I loved this book! What a great discovery. (It didn't get all good reviews on Good Reads, but I loved it.) I immediately wanted to discuss it with someone. Would be a good book group read. When I left the characters, I felt like they were living on; they were real and multi-dimensional. It was well-written! It was about an English couple who went to Trinidad -- for his job. Their marriage was falling apart and she hated it in Trinidad; he loved it. So it's really about their marriage AND Trinidad's changes. Covers the political upheaval there. I learned a lot about the people, culture and history of Trinidad. There were only a few things I didn't like about the book. So much I could say but will just keep this brief. :-) -- Added by bookaddict on 02/21/2014

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Mao's Last Dancer
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin (1950s)
This is the current Carmel Reads selection, and I'm glad it was brought to my attention. I learned much about China during the Mao period as Premier and I also learned much about the world of ballet. An extraordinary journey in the life of this young man. -- Added by mrhofferth on 02/20/2014

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The Last Oracle
The Last Oracle by James Rollins (1950s)
Good story for the 1950's. Rather complicated with characters, but the hero is always the hero! judy -- Added by on 02/18/2014

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Village School
Village School by Miss Read (1950s)
Charming portrait of a post-war English village. -- Added by Grier on 02/11/2014

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