The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1991

We’re going to “spring” back to this week in 1991 for a look at the books we were reading almost 30 years ago (and if you can remember that far back, you probably don’t realize it has been almost 30 years). It was the year of Desert Storm, Rodney King, and the invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego debuted on television, and we were all bopping to Michael Jackson’s Black or White.

What were we reading? Here are the New York Times best sellers from the week of March 24, 1991:



1. Heartbeat by Danielle Steel

2. The Druid of Shannara by Terry Brooks

3. The Eagle Has Flown by Jack Higgins

4. Forgiving by Lavyrle Spencer

5. Cold Fire by Dean R. Koontz

6. The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel

7. Magic Hour by Susan Isaacs

8. The Firm by John Grisham

9. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

10. The Secret Pilgrim by John Le Carré

11. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

12. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

13. The Old Contemptibles by Martha Grimes

14. Battleground by W. E. B. Griffin

15. Possession by A. S. Byatt



1. Iron John by Robert Bly

2. And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi with Bruce B. Henderson

3. The Prize by Daniel Yergin

4. The Next Century by David Halberstam

5. You Just Don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen

6. The Civil War by Geoffrey C. Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns

7. A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt

8. Millie’s Book, as Dictated to Barbara Bush

9. Riders on the Storm by John Densmore

10. Darkness Visible by William Styron

11. The New Russians by Hedrick Smith

12. The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles

13. Patrimony by Philip Roth

14. Breaking Barriers by Carl T. Rowan

15. In Our Defense by Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy

16. The Japan That Can Say No by Shintaro Ishihara

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