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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1930s Titles

The Reserve LP
The Reserve LP by Russell Banks (1930s)
I enjoyed the character developments and the interactions of the characters. Overall this was not my favorite book, but it is worth reading. -- Added by booklover14 on 02/14/2014

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A Lesson in Secrets
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (1930s)
Set in 1932, this is another great Maisie Dobbs story (8th in the series). Along with a mystery that Maisie must solve, this story relates the difficulties of life in England years after WWWI and the threat of the emerging Nazi Party in Germany. -- Added by LCE on 02/14/2014

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The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (1930s)
Good story and interesting writing style. -- Added by Bernadette on 02/12/2014

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In the Garden of Beasts
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (1930s)
This was slow to start but it picked up halfway through. I like how it demonstrates the politics of the time. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/12/2014

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Appointment in Samarra
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara (1930s)
Well, this would be a great text for a classroom study of foreshadowing. I enjoyed it for the literary analysis possibilities. -- Added by sjg on 02/11/2014

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Hemingway and Gellhorn
Hemingway and Gellhorn by Jerome Tuccille (1930s)
Great story about Ernest Hemingway and his 3rd wife Martha Gellhorn. I have read a lot of books about their lives but this one was the most entertaining as well as the best written. I highly recommend this book for all Hemingway fans. -- Added by Jean P on 02/09/2014

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Only Time Will Tell
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer (1930s)
This book is the first in The Cliffton Chronicles, which I believe is a series of 3 books. This one is set in London and introduces 2 families, the Barringtons and the Cliftons. Their lives intertwine in ways that set the stage for some heartache and dtama. Archer is a wonderful storyteller. I look forward to continuing to follow the families, once Harry gets out of the jam he creates for himself at the end of this book. -- Added by dabell on 02/09/2014

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And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1930s)
Eight people are invited to enjoy time at a remote island called Soldier Island. Shortly after arrival at the island, guests are being killed one by one in similar fashion to "Ten Little Soldiers" rhyme. It's a page turning thriller that you simply cannot let it go until the ending is read. -- Added by Lk on 02/07/2014

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Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1930s)
A belle of the South faces the harsh realities of the Civil War and Reconstruction. I loved learning about this time period from the perspective of a southerner. As unlikeable a character as Scarlett O'Hara is, I find myself rooting for her throughout the book. -- Added by Shaynie on 02/06/2014

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BUtterfield 8
BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara (1930s)
Recommend. Little bit of the 20's flapper era and the coming of the depression. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 02/04/2014

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The Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Murder Case
The Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Murder Case by George Baxt (1930s)
"The Clark Gable And Carole Lombard Murder Case" by George Baxt takes place in the late 1930's, just before the premiere of "Gone With The Wind", in which Clark Gable plays Rhett Butler. Husband and wife Clark Gable and Carole Lombard are big stars in Hollywood, and many of the Hollywood big names are strewn throughout the book, including W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, and Joan Crawford. Carole Lombard is an amateur sleuth, and she matches theories with the police and the F. B. I., in an attempt to solve cases of missing persons, kidnapping, and murder. It all ties together in the end, and Clark Gable humors his wife's "analytical mind". There are many funny lines, and Hollywood secrets are exposed. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/03/2014

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The Documents in the Case
The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers (1930s)
Excellent epistolary mystery with good character development. -- Added by RWillen on 02/02/2014

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The Yohnahlosse  Riding Camp for Girls
The Yohnahlosse Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani (1930s)
Loved this book. I had nit heard of it and just picked it up randomly but could not put it down. -- Added by Barken on 02/01/2014

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The Hand in the Glove
The Hand in the Glove by Rex Stout (1930s)
The one book devoted to Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner, Rex Stout's one and only female private eye. It came out in 1935. While it lacks the sparkle of the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin novels, it's interesting as a precursor to the more well-developed characterizations of female P.I.s that came along later through Marcia Muller, Sara Paretski, Sue Grafton, et al. -- Added by dabooklover on 01/31/2014

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A Year Down Yonder
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (1930s)
Great for kids and adults. -- Added by Ben on 01/30/2014

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