Archive for September 10th, 2011

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1991

If you can think back to 1991, you probably remember that it was the year of the first Gulf War (Jan-Feb) and the year Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV+ (Nov). But beyond all that seriousness, Beauty and the Beast was one of the favorite films that year, and Nirvana topped the charts with Smells Like Teen Spirit.

You don’t have to build a time machine to go back – just check out one of these books for a taste of life in the last decade of the 20th Century. Here’s what was on the best sellers list for the week of September 8 in 1991.



The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

 The Firm by John Grisham

 The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

 Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

 Loves Music, Loves To Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

 Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard

 Heir to The Empire by Timothy Zahn

 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

 Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons

 Paradise by Judith Mcnaught

 As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer

 Pastime by Robert B. Parker

 Flowers in the Rain by Rosamunde Pilcher

 Beast by Peter Benchley

The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee



Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum

Parliament of Whores by P. J. O’Rourke

 Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly

When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time To Go Home by Erma Bombeck

Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz

Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

Fire in the Belly by Sam Keen

Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane Wood Middlebrook

A Question of Character by Thomas C. Reeves

Dave Barry Talks Back by Dave Barry

The Commanders by Bob Woodward

Silent Coup by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin

Boss of Bosses: The Fall of the Godfather: The FBI and Paul Castellano by Joseph F. O’Brien and Andris Kurins

The Mansions of Limbo by Dominick Dunne

Woody Allen by Eric Lax

Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus by Dinesh D’souza