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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1960s Titles

Hurray for Me by S.J. Wilson (1960s)
Really enjoyed this book written in the 60s, and set in the Depression. A sentimental story of childhood, as seen through the eyes of young Bobby Hirshman. He asks some hard questions about life and death, and the caring adults around him offer wise answers. -- Added by sjg on 02/11/2014

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The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (1960s)
A picaresque version of abolitionist John Brown's journey to Harper's Ferry where he took his last stand against slavery and helped incite some of the violence that led directly to the Civil War, James McBride's book is at times humorous, yet grasps the passionate motivation of John Brown and portrays his complicated yet humane nature. -- Added by lbucher on 02/10/2014

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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. Konigsburg (1960s)
Sweet, short children's book about two young siblings that decide to run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While there, they try to uncover a mystery about a recently acquired statue as well as learn a little about themselves and each other. -- Added by ldmccormick on 02/10/2014

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Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Anson Heinlein (1960s)
A classic. -- Added by rbellaver on 02/09/2014

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Like Dreamers
Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein Halevi (1960s)
This is a non-fiction account of the lives of 7 Israeli paratroopers who participated in the 1967 Six-Day War, but it often feels like reading fiction due to the way the narrative unfolds. I learned more about modern Israel from reading this book than I have from any other work. -- Added by Zivah on 02/06/2014

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An American Tune
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup (1960s)
Excellent story that takes place in Bloomington and Michigan during the 60's and 2005. -- Added by marysu on 02/06/2014

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Dune by Frank Herbert (1960s)
Great sci fi adventure in the desert world of Arrakis. It has political intrigue, action, romance, and the anticipation of prophecies yet to be fulfilled. I loved this book! -- Added by Shaynie on 02/06/2014

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The Maid's Version
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (1960s)
Had high hopes for this one so I was disappointed. Actually read book and listened to audio version at same time, skipping between them when driving or at home, so maybe that was part of t.he problem :-). I only found the main character, Alma, interesting. I loved the writing though. I put this in the 1960's because that's when Alma's grandson Alek interviews her about an explosion in a dance hall in 1929 that killed many people in the town. Then it has flashbacks. But real time is the '60s. :-) -- Added by bookaddict on 02/01/2014

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Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (1960s)
Vintage Grisham! What appears to be a well-planned suicide turns into a local scandal when the housekeeper is the beneficiary of the will. -- Added by Ethel Hartman on 01/31/2014

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (1960s)
I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the madness of others, but found myself constantly wondering who was really mad? The patients? Or the staff? I decided it is both! -- Added by agholmes72 on 01/30/2014

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After This
After This by Alice McDermott (1960s)
I loved this book at the beginning but parts actually slowed me down a little....still a pretty good read. -- Added by bigbabe on 01/30/2014

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An American Tune
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup (1960s)
A story of a woman who makes a new life for herself in Michigan. Tells about some of the effects from the Vietnam war on individuals here at home. All comes clean when her daughter attends I.U. Slow read in some parts. -- Added by Bernadette on 01/29/2014

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Five Days in November
Five Days in November by Clint Hill (1960s)
Written for the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination Clint Hill recounts the 5 days spent in Texas November 1963. Clint Hill also wrote Mrs. Kennedy and Me which accounts for his service as Secret Service agent assigned to protect Jacqueline Kennedy. Both good reads if you have any interest in the Kennedy White House years. -- Added by cpeisner on 01/29/2014

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Motown by Loren D. Estleman (1960s)
Recommend. One of the Detroit series set in the mid 60's. Not a great book but I like this guy so enough said. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/28/2014

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Dance in the Dark
Dance in the Dark by Terence Faherty (1960s)
This book is the 5th and most recent in Faherty's series featuring Hollywood private investigator Scott Elliott. The series starts in 1945, and each subsequent book moves forward in time 6 or 7 years in Elliott's life. This book takes place in 1969, and Elliott and his wife have just been notified that their son Billy is missing in action in Viet Nam. Elliott is asked by a friend to find his missing daughter, an aspiring actress, who her father fears has been drawn into pornographic films. While Elliott tries to figure out how to locate the runaway, his boss assigns him to find out who is smuggling drugs into L.A. from Mexico amongst the employees of an independent film company. The company is making a film about two motorcycle "gypsies" searching for peace and the meaning of life, culminating in scenes from a monolithic outdoor rock concert. (The author is obviously borrowing from Easy Rider & Altamont, though he cannot name them.) This was an enjoyable read. I look forward to finding out what happens to Scott Elliott in the next installment. -- Added by ElizabethR on 01/26/2014

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