The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1983

We may be sailing into a new year, but we can always take a little time to look back. This month, let’s revisit 1983.  (As a side note, did you know that Kilauea, probably the most famous Hawaiian volcano, has been continuously erupting since that year? Crazy!)

Additionally, 1983 was the year in which the final episode of MASH aired (February); the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was bombed (April); and Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. And speaking of MLK Jr. Day, the Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th, but that definitely gives us all the opportunity to spend that day in service in our communities. Have fun!

Here are the best selling books, according to the New York Times, for the week of Jan 9, 1983:



1 – Space by James A. Michener

 2 – 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

3 – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Storybook by William Kotzwinkle

 4 – Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov

 5 – The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel

 6 – Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz

 7 – Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon

 8 – Different Seasons by Stephen King

 9 – Crossings by Danielle Steel

 10 – Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

 11 – Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut

 12 – Goodbye, Mickey Mouse by Len Deighton

 13 – The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum

 14 – Life Sentences by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

 15 – Second Heaven by Judith Guest



 1 – And More by Andy Rooney

2 – Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia

 3 – Jane Fonda’s Workout Book by Jane Fonda

 4 – Megatrends by John Naisbitt

5 – A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

6 – Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President by Jimmy Carter

 7 – When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold S. Kushner

 8 – Growing Up by Russell Baker

 9 – Life Extension by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw

 10 – The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia

 11 – The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

 12 – Miracle at Midway by Gordon W. Prange

 13 – The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

 14 – Atlantic High by William F. Buckley Jr.

15 – Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown

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