Archive for June 24th, 2016

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1987

Let’s zoom back a number of years – 29 to be exact – and take a look at what we were doing, and thinking, and reading way back when. The year is 1987 and:

  • Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January.
  • Ronald Reagan, during a June visit to West Berlin, demands “tear down this wall.”
  • Teens (and many adults) may live to regret the time they will spend in the next year trying to win “The Legend of Zelda,” which is released in August.

And what books did we look to for information or escapism? Check out the titles below, all appearing on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of June 21, 1987.



1. Misery by Stephen King

2. The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour

3. Pale Kings and Princes by Robert B. Parker

4. Fine Things by Danielle Steel

5. Heiress by Janet Dailey

6. Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon

7. Empire by Gore Vidal

8. The Timothy Files by Lawrence Sanders

9. More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow

10. The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough

11. The Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King

12. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

13. Sphere by Michael Crichton

14. Destiny by Sally Beauman

15. Texasville by Larry McMurtry



1. The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom

2. Hammer by Armand Hammer with Neil Lyndon

3. Cultural Literacy by E. D. Hirsch Jr.

4. Communion by Whitley Strieber

5. A Day in the Life of America

6. The Different Drum by M. Scott Peck

7. Love, Medicine & Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel

8. Glory Days by Dave Marsh

9. Hold on, Mr. President! by Sam Donaldson

10. Everything to Gain by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

11. Grace by James Spada

12. A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein

13. This ‘N That by Bette Davis with Michael Herskowitz

14. The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

15. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys by Doris Kearns Goodwin