Archive for December 18th, 2014

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1991

Let’s head back to 1991 for the last trip through time for 2015. It was only 24 years ago – and we still see some of the same authors on the Best Seller lists. The more things change, the more they stay the same, n’est-ce pas? A few things you might remember from 1991:

  • In January, the U.S. launched aerial bombs against Iraqi forces in Kuwait, the first military strikes of the Gulf War.
  • In April, Comedy Central began broadcasting in its current format.
  • In November, Magic Johnson announced he has HIV, which ends his NBA career.

If you don’t remember that year very well, check out one of the following books – from the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of December 15, 1991 – for some nostalgia:



  1. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
  2. No Greater Love by Danielle Steel
  3. Needful Things by Stephen King
  4. The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
  5. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
  6. Night Over Water by Ken Follett
  7. WLT by Garrison Keillor
  8. Comeback by Dick Francis
  9. The Firm by John Grisham
  10. The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon
  11. Remember by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  12. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  13. All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne Mccaffrey
  14. Lila by Robert M. Pirsig
  15. Maus II by Art Spiegelman



  1. Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn
  2. Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
  3. Under Fire by Oliver L. North with William Novak
  4. Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum
  5. Memories by Ralph Emery with Tom Carter
  6. Childhood by Bill Cosby
  7. Backlash by Susan Faludi
  8. The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith
  9. Parliament of Whores by P. J. O’Rourke
  10. PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon
  11. Iron John by Robert Bly
  12. Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? by Molly Ivins
  13. When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home by Erma Bombeck
  14. The New World Order by Pat Robertson
  15. Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz
  16. Dance While You Can by Shirley MacLaine