As I work on a story that takes place during the Great Depression, I’m collecting details of the decade that I’ll use to help the story ring true.
One of my characters loves to read, so I need to know which books would be found on bedroom nightstands in the 1930’s.
An online bookstore has a great list and cover shots of the top-selling books during that tough time in America’s history, 1929-1939. I’ll be taking a trip to my local library in hopes that I’ll find a few of these books to read.
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
- Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
- Dark Hester by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
- Cimarron by Edna Ferber
- The Woman of Andros by Thornton Wilder
- Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley
- Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole
- Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum
- Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy
- The Fountain by Charles Morgan
- Mary’s Neck by Booth Tarkington
- Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich
- As the Earth Turns by Gladys Hasty Carroll
- Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen
- So Red the Rose by Stark Young
- Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
- Of Time and the River by Thomas Wolfe
- Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmonds
- Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts
- We Are Not Alone by James Hilton
- Action at Aquila by Hervey Allen
- The Tree of Liberty by Elizabeth Page
- And Tell of Time by Laura Krey
- All This, and Heaven Too by Rachel Field
- Old Wine and New by Warwick Deeping
Have you read any of these novels?