Archive for August 7th, 2014

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1995

Let’s take a leisurely stroll back to 1995 – only 19 years ago. (Crazy to think so, isn’t it!) In August of that year, we were all fascinated by the release of Windows 95, which introduced the Start menu button and shortcuts on the desktop – things that we wouldn’t know what to do without today (though they tried, and failed, to get rid of the Start menu button in Windows 8).

In case you wonder what else was going on, here are a few other events that might trigger your memory of 1995:

  • For all you trekkies out there, Star Trek: Voyager premiered in January.
  • A new optical storage format, the DVD, is released in September.
  • The final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is published in December.

There were a few weightier things you might remember better from that year (Oklahoma City bombings, O.J. Simpson verdict, Unabomber), but let’s concentrate on some positives by looking at what we were reading, according to the New York Times Best Seller list, the week of August 6, 1995.



1. Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice

2. Beach Music by Pat Conroy

3. Lightning by Danielle Steel

4. The Rainmaker by John Grisham

5. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

6. Rose Madder by Stephen King

7. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

8. The Witness by Sandra Brown

9. Disney’s Pocahontas

10. Dangerous to Know by Barbara Taylor Bradford

11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark

12. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

13. The Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum

14. Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

15. Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler



1. To Renew America by Newt Gingrich

2. New Passages by Gail Sheehy

3. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

4. A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein

5. Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil

6. Sisters: Essays by Carol Saline

7. Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra

8. Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, By Dave Barry

9. The Death of Common Sense by Philip K. Howard

10. When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan Mccarthy

11. The Eagle and the Rose by Rosemary Altea

12. The Language of Life by Bill Moyers

13. Paula by Isabel Allende

14. The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett

15. Sleeping at the Starlite Motel by Bailey White

16. The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr