The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1988

Adult Summer Reading is over for the year – and we should have all the results tallied and prizes announced next week. Thanks and congratulations to all the participants. It was a crazy summer (with the carpeting chaos), but it was fun!

This week, we’ll journey back in time to 1988. I remember it well – it was my junior year in high school – but it may also be remembered for: Ollie North being indicted in the Iran-Contra Affair (March), the Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea (September), and Sammy Davis, Jr. died (May).

If you were reading back then, you might remember some of the books listed below, which appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List this week in 1988…


The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy

Alaska by James A. Michener

To Be the Best by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Zoya by Danielle Steel

Timothy’s Game by Lawrence Sanders

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Doctors by Erich Segal

The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum

A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

People Like Us by Dominick Dunne

Crimson Joy by Robert B. Parker

Rock Star by Jackie Collins

The India Fan by Victoria Holt



A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking

Talking Straight by Lee Iacocca with Sonny Kleinfield

Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80s by Hunter S. Thompson

Trump by Donald J. Trump with Tony Schwartz

The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life by Charles Higham

A Trail of Memories edited by Angelique L’amour

Picasso: Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington

Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China by Paul Theroux

Almost Golden by Gwenda Blair

Thriving on Chaos by Tom Peters

Capote by Gerald Clarke

For the Record by Donald T. Regan

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 by Paul Kennedy

Washington Goes to War by David Brinkley

Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick

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