The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers in 1997

This month’s Way Back Machine doesn’t take us too “way back” (unless you were a millennium baby!). For most of us, 1997 is a year we can remember – Madeline Albright became the first female Secretary of State, Timothy McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing, and Princess Diana died in an automobile crash in Paris. On a lighter note, 1997 was also the year that introduced us to Harry Potter; the first UK edition was published in June.

Alas, the boy wizard’s adventures won’t hit the Best Seller chart for a few more years. Instead, here’s a look at what was on the list for the week of April 13, 1997:


1. The Partner by John Grisham

2. Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook

3. Sanctuary by Nora Roberts

4. 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

5. Evening Class by Maeve Binchy

6. A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag

7. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

8. Acts of Love by Judith Michael

9. Total Control by David Baldacci

10. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

11. Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz

12. Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell

13. The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

14. Airframe by Michael Crichton

15. Rage of a Demon King by Raymond E. Feist



1. Angela’s Ashes by Frank Mccourt

2. Murder In Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman

3. The Gift Of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

4. Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch

5. Personal History by Katharine Graham

6. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

7. Naked by David Sedaris

8. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt

9. The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison

10. Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book by Susan M. Love With Karen Lindsey (our copy is the updated version)

11. Flying Blind, Flying Safe by Mary Schiavo With Sabra Chartrand

12. My Sergei by Ekaterina Gordeeva With E. M. Swift

13. A Reporter’s Life by Walter Cronkite

14. Journey Into Darkness by John Douglas And Mark Olshaker

15. The Moral Intelligence Of Children by Robert Coles

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