Friday, March 05, 2010


Over the past several months, I have posted reviews of the books I read from 1955. The reading I did from 1955 is part of my Big Fat Reading Project. These books also constitute the majority of my research for that year in regards to my memoir (working title: Reading For My Life.)

Some of you like to have the entire list for the year in one place, so here it is:


Marjorie Morningstar, Herman Wouk
Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis
Andersonville, MacKinlay Kantor
Bonjour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson
Something of Value, Robert Ruark
Not As A Stranger, Morton Thompson
No Time For Sergeants, Mac Hyman
The Tontine, Thomas B Costain
Ten North Frederick, John O'Hara


Pulitzer Prize & NBA: A Fable, William Faulkner
Newbery Award: The Wheel on the School, Meindert DeJong
Caldecott Award: Cinderella, Marcia Brown
Edgar Award: The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
Hugo Award: The Forever Machine, Mark Clifton & Frank Riley


Band of Angels, Robert Penn Warren
Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary
The Borrowers Afield, Mary Norton
A Charmed Life, Mary McCarthy
The Deer Park, Norman Mailer
Earthlight, Arthur C Clarke
The End of Eternity, Isaac Asimov
A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Connor
The Inheritors, William Golding
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J R R Tolkien
The Magician's Nephew, C S Lewis
Officers and Gentlemen, Evelyn Waugh
San Francisco Boy, Lois Lenski
Satan in Goray, Isaac B Singer
Solar Lottery, Philip K Dick
The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
Tunnel in the Sky, Robert A Heinlein
A World of Love, Elizabeth Bowen

Capsule summary of literature in 1955: A pivotal year for the change from more traditional styles to a modern one.

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