Archive for September 14th, 2012

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1985

Put on your fluorescent tees, throw on the gigantic, oversize earrings, and get ready for 1985. If you can remember back that far, you probably also have your Sony Walkman locked away somewhere, thinking that you’ll use it again someday. Besides, the 80s are cool again right now.

Doesn’t it seem just like yesterday that:

  • We Are the World was recorded and released (January)
  • The remains of the Titanic were found (September)
  • “New Coke” was introduced – and the backlash began (April)

Even if 1985 doesn’t strike a memory chord, you can relive those days with one of these books, which hit The New York Times Best Seller List for the week of September 15. Radical, dude!


  1. Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
  2. Lucky by Jackie Collins
  3. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
  4. The Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders
  5. The Two Mrs. Grenvilles by Dominick Dunne
  6. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  7. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  8. Too Much, Too Soon by Jacqueline Briskin
  9. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  10. Jubal Sackett by Louis L’Amour
  11. If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
  12. Hold the Dream by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  13. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  14. The Class by Erich Segal
  15. Fall from Grace by Larry Collins
  16. A Maggot by John Fowles
  17. The Lover by Marguerite Duras



  1. Yeager: An Autobiography by Chuck Yeager and Leo Janos
  2. Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca with William Novak
  3. A Passion for Excellence by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin
  4. Smart Women, Foolish Choices by Connell Cowan and Melvyn Kinder
  5. Loving Each Other by Leo Buscaglia
  6. The Mick by Mickey Mantle with Herb Gluck
  7. The Amateurs by David Halberstam
  8. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga by Stephen Davis
  9. Final Cut by Steven Bach
  10. Confessions of a Hooker by Bob Hope with Dwayne Netland
  11. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
  12. The Nutcracker by Shana Alexander
  13. The Heart of the Dragon by Alasdair Clayre
  14. Martina by Martina Navratilova with George Vecsey
  15. The Grasshopper Trap by Patrick F. McManus