The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1977

Buckle your seat belts, we’re going back to 1977 (though that isn’t required by law that year). In music, it is a sad year for Elvis fans (he dies in August), but a good year for disco fans (the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is released in November). Here are a few other events you may remember:

  • Apple is incorporated and none of us today have to wonder, like Forrest Gump, if it’s “some kind of fruit company.” (January)
  • The Seattle Mariners are enfranchised as a Major League Baseball team. They are currently one of only two teams who have never appeared in a World Series. Let’s Go M’s! (April)
  • Star Wars opens and pretty much becomes an iconic movie from its release. (May)


If you’re looking for a good, nostalgic read, check out one of the following from the New York Times Best Sellers list from the week of April 24, 1977. Enjoy!



1. Oliver’s Story by Erich Segal

2. Trinity by Leon Uris

3. The Crash of ’79 by Paul E. Erdman

4. Falconer by John Cheever

5. The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum

6. How to Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong

7. Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler

8. The Valhalla Exchange by Harry Patterson

9. Condominium by John D. MacDonald

10. A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion



1. Roots by Alex Haley

2. Passages by Gail Sheehy

3. Your Erroneous Zones by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

4. Changing by Liv Ullmann

5. The Gamesman by Michael Maccoby

6. Haywire by Brooke Hayward

7. The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck

8. The David Kopay Story by David Kopay and Perry Deane Young

9. Majesty by Robert Lacey

10. The Hite Report by Shere Hite


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