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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1960s Titles

A Small Town in Germany
A Small Town in Germany by John Le Carré (1960s)
"A Small Town In Germany" by John LeCarre is a curious tale of Bonn, Germany during the Cold War. Bonn, Germany is overwhelmed by British diplomats, their wives, German politicians, spies, post World War II philosophers, and everyone has secrets to hide while playing the political game and performing supposedly important diplomatic duties. There is a great deal of tension and negotiating among the major and minor players. This was an easy and interesting read. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/26/2014

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The Astronaut Wives Club
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (1960s)
Very good -- Added by Fast reader on 01/24/2014

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Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (1960s)
This was an interesting book. Not what I expected. Because I read Slaughter-House Five and liked it I decided to try this one. Because I read this after Slaughter-House five, I was expecting some of the information the narrator was telling me to be false or at least to be unsure he was a realiable witness. That wasn't the case. If you like quirky characters, give it a try. -- Added by brlhudso on 01/24/2014

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Have No Shame (Where Civil Rights Meets Forbidden Love)
Have No Shame (Where Civil Rights Meets Forbidden Love) by Melissa Foster (1960s)
Good read, but the idea of the main character falling in love one week before her wedding with another man she only met by the river was hard to relate to. -- Added by angiel on 01/23/2014

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The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore (1960s)
I loved the characters in this book, especially Odette! A fantastic book about strong woman and friendships that stand the test of time. -- Added by skyeokc on 01/22/2014

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The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1960s)
This story is a fictional account of the Congo before and after independence was gained from Belgium. This compelling story tells the tale of a Baptist missionary family from Georgia living in a small Congolese village. Each chapter is narrated by one of the daughters or the mother and relates the difficulty of trying to understand and fit in to a different culture. -- Added by LCE on 01/22/2014

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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (1960s)
The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a fourteen year old white girl, Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. I enjoyed this book. -- Added by JudyK on 01/22/2014

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Stephen Morris
Stephen Morris by Nevil Shute (1960s)
"Stephen Morris, by British author Nevil Shute, is one of two short stories combined in one book; the other short story is "Pilotage". As in other novels by Nevil Shute, this is a tale of the early days of the British commercial aviation industry, post World War I enterprises, aeronautical engineering, marriage, love affairs, and students at Oxford University. There are several sub - plots, numerous interesting characters, and 1920's British views of the world. This book was published in 1961, after the death of the author. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/18/2014

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Necessary Lies
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (1960s)
A story about an impoverished family living in the south in the 60's and how they were treated by the social services system. Interesting how the human element can get lost in how we deal with poverty. A good read. -- Added by Spetzie on 01/17/2014

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Ribsy by Beverly Cleary (1960s)
An interesting book and an easy read. -- Added by RileyC on 01/16/2014

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The Fortunate Pilgrim
The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo (1960s)
Written before his bestseller, The GODFATHER, this is a highly personal book and depicts the strength of a mother's love; especially in an Italian way! Poignant but entertaining, it is a book that I will always remember. -- Added by cindyj on 01/16/2014

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Ask Not
Ask Not by Max Allan Collins (1960s)
Recommend. This book is about the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Latest in the "Nate heller" detective series. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/16/2014

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Whistling Past the Graveyard
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (1960s)
Spitfire of a young white girl in search of her estranged mother enlists the help of a black woman on her own quest for family. Set during the Jim Crow era, the story bounces along the back roads of the rural South as the two forge a bond that bridges the great racial divide. -- Added by wyperson on 01/14/2014

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Bent Road
Bent Road by Lori Roy (1960s)
This is a great first novel. She really gives the book the feel of the 1960's as well as great characters. Lots of twists. -- Added by l3bond on 01/14/2014

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Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1960s)
Rereading this book for the umpteenth time with the kids. In their Book Bingo they needed to read a Caldecott or Honor book. I like the base for the story. That kids will be kids and mischief is inevitable. But a warm meal can always bring you back ;) -- Added by TruBlu on 01/14/2014

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