Archive for January 30th, 2014

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1984

Other than being the title of Orwell’s famous (or infamous) novel, 1984 is also exactly 30 years ago. It was also the year that:

  • Apple debuted the Macintosh for home use (even its commercial was a bit 1984).
  • The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, with the Russians boycotting (though we’ll compete against them in Sochi in a few weeks).
  • Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the fist American women to walk in space (glad her experience wasn’t like Gravity).


Let’s take a look back at the New York Times Best Sellers for the week of January 29.



1. Who Killed the Robins Family? By Thomas Chastain

2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

3. Poland by James A. Michener

4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

5. Berlin Game by Len Deighton

6. The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart

 7. Changes by Danielle Steel

 8. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

 9. The Auerbach Will by Stephen Birmingham

 10. The Story of Henri Tod by William F. Buckley Jr

 11. The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

 12. Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins

 13. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

 14. The Saga of Baby Divine by Bette Midler

 15. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin



1. In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr

 2. Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession by Erma Bombeck

3. On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett

4. Megatrends by John Naisbitt

5. The Best of James Herriot by James Herriot

6. Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! by Robert H. Schuller

7. The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin

8. Approaching Hoofbeats: Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Billy Graham

9. While Reagan Slept by Art Buchwald

10. Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow

11. The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux

12. Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony by Lewis Thomas

13. Coroner by Thomas T. Noguchi with Joseph DiMona

14. The Peter Pan Syndrome by Dan Kiley

 15. Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon