Superman swoops in to save the day and we showcase a slew of other things that captured the hearts, and bookshelves, of the nation in the 1930s!
Get a good look at the grandstanding books, music and movies from the decade that left dancers flapping in the wind…see what we did there? You guessed it. It’s the 1920s!
We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past! Check out which books, music and movies took America by storm in the 1910s.
We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past! Check out which books, music and movies were all the rage in the 1900s.
Here’s our look at the best books released from 2010 to 2019, plus a few honorable mentions!
Katharine Hepburn was a movie star unlike any other, starring in 50 films across seven decades, earning herself 12 Oscar nominations and four wins. You can tell by her portrayal of characters on screen that she herself had a sort of fierceness about her – an undeniable spirit, spunk and wit, an eccentric charm and … Continue reading The Best of Film Legend Katharine Hepburn
Back in 1972, Half Price Books embarked on its mission to provide people things to read and to listen to, at prices they could afford. (And a few years later, with the emergence of the VHS tape, we offered them things to watch, too.) Those early customers liked what they saw on the shelves, and the many customers who have come along since have kept us at it, four decades later.
So what were our customers looking for all those years ago?
What We Read in ‘72
Even in the earliest days, our Fiction section was always well-stocked. Some of the current titles then were:
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a parable about a seagull seeking perfection, was an unlikely bestseller from Richard Bach, who said it came along at just the right time. It had been rejected by numerous publishers before Macmillan took a gamble on it and won
- Other popular books of that year included Watership Down, by Richard Adams; Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives, which was made into two movies, three decades apart; The Exorcist (published in ’71 and filmed in ’73) by William Peter Blatty; and The Winds of War, a hefty WWII tome written by Herman Wouk and turned into a popular miniseries, starring Robert Mitchum, in 1983
We were reading some more literary stuff, too:
- Eudora Welty’s last novel, The Optimist’s Daughter, was published in 1972 and won the following year’s Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
- The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor, written between the ‘40s and her death in 1964, won the 1972 National Book Award.
The short story often gets short shrift. Years ago, when I was a newbie at Half Price Books back in the 70s, the woman training me to shelve Literature held aside all short-story collections. “We don’t put those on the shelves,” she told me. “They aren’t real literature.” (I should clarify that her stance most definitely went against company guidelines.) I’ve always loved to read short stories, and the best of them have a place among the best literature.
In honor of the great Canadian short-story author Alice Munro receiving this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, here’s a salute to Ms. Munro and some of her peers and predecessors who mastered the art of the short story. It’s a very personal list of writers who’ve had a big effect on me, so no complaints, please, about all of the great writers I’ve left out—Chekhov, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Kafka, Salinger, Updike, and others.
June is the big month for weddings, but if you missed it, you don’t have to wait until next year. Wedding planning happens all year long! So many love songs have been wedding songs-of-choice over the years that it would be impossible to make a definitive list. But here is a list that includes a … Continue reading Best Wedding Songs Through the Years
You can bet that if a book was a bestseller at some point during the past four decades, our booksellers have seen dozens, hundreds or even thousands of copies of it. Let’s track HPB’s timeline, noting some milestone bestsellers we’ve seen along our way. 1972 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach / 1973 Breakfast of … Continue reading 40 Years of Bestsellers at Half Price Books