Archive for February 2nd, 2015

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1963

If someone was asked to name a significant event that occurred in 1963, the odds are she would mention MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech or JFK’s assassination (unless, of course, she was born/married/graduated that year). Both had a dramatic effect on American history, but there were other events that had a major impact as well:

  • In March, Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds, is released (and playgrounds have never been the same…)
  • In July, ZIP codes make their first appearances on U.S. mail.
  • In December, the first Beatles songs are introduced in the U.S., marking the beginning of what will become “Beatlemania.”

Let’s time travel with the Way Back Machine the easy way – and pick up a book written that year. And since the New York newspapers were on strike during the early part of 1963, we’ll look at the Best Sellers list from the New York Times for the week of March 24. How many of these can you remember?



1. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by  J.D. Salinger

2. Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey

3. The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna

4. Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick And Harvey Wheeler

5. The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart

6. The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton

7. Triumph by Philip Wylie

8. $100 Misunderstanding by Robert Gover

9. The Centaur by John Updike

10. A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury



1. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

2. Happiness Is a Warm Puppy by Charles M. Schulz

3. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

4. The Whole Truth and Nothing But by Hedda Hopper

5. Final Verdict by Adela Rogers St. Johns

6. O Ye Jigs & Juleps! by Virginia Cary Hudson

7. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

8. My Life in Court by Louis Nizer

9. Points of My Compass by E.B. White

10. The Fall of the Dynasties by Edmond Taylor