Friday, March 7, 2008

50 Years of Great Reads

Millions of books have been borrowed from CCPL since it became a library system in 1958. We are very proud of our record of providing customers with the books they want to read. Following is a list of the books that were published and literary awards received in 1958.

And Four to Go by Rex Stout
Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Doctor No by Ian Fleming
Exodus by Leon Uris
The King Must Die by Mary Renault
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (first U.S. edition)
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Playback by Raymond Chandler
Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (winner of the Caldecott Award)
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (winner of the Newbery Award)

The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
The Civil War: A Narrative. Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote
La Nuit by Elie Wiesel
Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It by J. Edgar Hoover

Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago won the Nobel Prize for Literature; Robert Penn Warren won the Pulitzer Prize for Promises: Poems 1954-1956; and James Agee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for A Death in the Family.

These titles bring back memories of excellent books read over the years, and also provide a sense of some of the issues foremost in our society fifty years ago.

We would like you to share your favorite book titles over the past 50 years. We will keep our readers posted on the most popular books as determined by our readers.

Thanks and happy reading!