We’re just about six months away from the start of the new school year, and that means it’s time to celebrate our best-selling, hottest, and most beloved books from the ’80s and ’90-era.
Here’s a look back at the most popular books, movies, television shows, and pop culture references from the time period.
The Adventures of Captain Nemo and the Muppet Show: A Brief History of Time and Space by Donald Pleasance (Simon & Schuster)The adventures of Captain Nemo and his Muppet pals from The Muppet Movie and the classic animated feature are just the beginning of the adventures of this timeless classic.
The Art of the Movie: A Novel by George Bernard Shaw (HarperCollins)For the first time in more than a century, Shaw brings a book from his personal collection to life.
The Golden Age of Movies: A Collection of Film Quotes by Charles Bukowski (Doubleday)This collection of movie quotes from the golden age of cinema gives readers a unique look at some of cinema’s most famous works.
The Complete Guide to Modern American History by John Steinbeck (Henry Holt)This book tells the stories behind some of the most influential writers in history, including Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and many others.
The New York Times Book Review: Book Two: The Story of New York by James Thurber (W.W. Norton & Company)One of the great American classics of the 20th century, Thurber’s story of the city of New Yorks history is filled with memorable characters and unforgettable events.
The Best-selling Books of the Golden Age: A Timeline of the 50s and 60s by George Orwell (Oxford University Press)This is the definitive guide to the best-sellers of the golden era, from the classics like The Communist Manifesto to the new wave of American writers like George Saunders and Robert Bloch.
The Book of Spells by H.P. Lovecraft (Penguin Random House)H.P.’s signature Cthulhu mythos is now in the hands of modern-day readers.
Lovecraft’s Cthulhu stories are classic horror classics that are filled with magic, magic, and a lot of horror.
The Great American Novel: The Complete Story of Henry James by James Rollins (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)This remarkable book tells Henry James’ extraordinary life and times through the eyes of a fictional author.
A History of the Future by George Santayana (Perennial)One-of-a-kind insights into the future, this book reveals a fascinating timeline of American history from the Civil War to the rise of the Internet and the emergence of the global economy.
The Last of the Mohicans by James Joyce (William Morrow)This literary classic about a mysterious islanders family in the Atlantic Ocean is one of the greatest novels ever written.
The Life and Times of a Very Hungry Caterpillar by Robert Louis Stevenson (Random House)This unique biography tells the story of a smallish American family from the 1940s to the 1980s.
The Illustrated Bible: A History of Bible Reading by Robert Graves (Pantheon)Graves’ book is an extraordinary and influential guide to reading and studying the Bible, from its earliest beginnings to its latest translations.
The Muppets: The Musical, the Music, and the Art of Bob and Harold by Phil Hartman (Columbia)Bob, Harold, and friends make a comeback on Broadway, and this definitive musical history is the best explanation of how they became stars of Broadway.
The Amazing Adventures of Tintin by Stan Sakai (Little, Brown)Sakai tells the hilarious story of Tincan, a man who’s an extraordinary magician who uses magic to protect a kingdom from the evil forces of the world.
The American Dream by James Madison, Jr. (Douglass)The American dream, a common American aspiration, was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s defining themes.
The Man Who Killed Kennedy by Mark Twain (Holt)This classic book tells of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963.
The Chronicles of Narnia: A Tale of Two Cities by George R.R. Martin (Ace Books)This fantasy epic from the author of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a world where dragons and magical creatures rule the land, and it features a wizard who’s very similar to one of Martin’s characters.
A Brief History by Isaac Asimov (Bantam)In this unique book, Asimov explores the roots of science and technology from its beginnings in the early days