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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1930s Titles

The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (1930s)
This was a fabulous book about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I couldn't stop researching Anne once I started the book. I found it fascinating. -- Added by Rlkliewer on 01/29/2014

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The Code of the Woosters
The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse (1930s)
Wodehouse is such a talented writer. What a gift for language and farce! Really a joy to read every once in a while. -- Added by Grier on 01/29/2014

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Vintage Murder
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh (1930s)
While vacationing in New Zealand, aristocratic Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn gets embroiled in a murder investigation at a theater. Most of the books in this classic mystery series are set in England, so it's interesting to read one set in the author's home country. I also enjoyed the "Inspector Alleyn" mystery series available from the library on DVD. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/28/2014

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We the Living
We the Living by Ayn Rand (1930s)
I'd never managed to get through an Ayn Rand book (I'd tried the Fountainhead a couple of times and just couldn't stick with it), so I was pleasantly surprised that I found myself enjoying the story of her first novel, which she called, "as close to an autobiography as I will ever write." Kira, the main character, is trying to survive the conditions brought about by the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the Civil War, which ended in 1922-23. Her family has lost all that they owned, and she and her fiance, Leo, are forced to live in one room in what had been his family home. Rand's vivid description of the state of the economy, agriculture, and living conditions brought on by the Communist takeover adds a realism to events I'd only read about before. And, it's a good, though complicated, love story that I enjoyed reading. -- Added by EmilyS on 01/26/2014

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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1930s)
Weird how I read the Lord of the Rings and even The Silmarillion, yet never read this until now. Good book, not as involved as the others. -- Added by sdmeyers on 01/25/2014

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Orphan Train
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (1930s)
Loved this book. Historical fiction. Moves between the story of 2 orphans, Vivian, who was on the orphan train in 1929 and the contemporary story of Molly, from Maine in 2010. Their stories are eventually intertwined and unfold with the telling of each of their stories. I would highly recommend. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/24/2014

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The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (1930s)
This creepy time-travel novel about a serial killer and a woman who lived through his attack is intriguing and certainly skillfully written, but ultimately unsatisfying. Once I started, I had to finish. After I finished, I wished I had never started. -- Added by Madwoman on 01/24/2014

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Brave New World
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1930s)
A kind of weird book about cloning,social control and feel good drugs that in the 1930's seemed far fetched but now, many things have come true.Still it seems worrisome. -- Added by on 01/20/2014

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In the Garden of Beasts
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (1930s)
Detailed examination of efforts of the historian who served as US ambassador to Germany during Hitler's rise to power int he 1930's. Excellent. -- Added by CFA on 01/19/2014

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Brave New World
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1930s)
A story written before the rise of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao about how human freedom is lost through eugenics, drugs, propaganda, mind-numbing entertainment, and centralized political power. The edition I read also contains Huxley's "Brave New World Revisited" written in the mid-1950s: "The Will to Order can make tyrants out of those who merely aspire to clean up a mess. The beauty of tidiness is used as a justification for despotism." -- Added by Indy7steve on 01/15/2014

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Nanjing Requiem
Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin (1930s)
Accurate portrayal of the tradegy of Nanjing pre WWII. Novel format brings the history to life. -- Added by caldtins on 01/13/2014

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Appointment in Samarra
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara (1930s)
Quick little story about fate. Have read/heard the phrase for years and decided to read the story. Neither good or bad recommend. Easy reading however! -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/11/2014

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