#TBT: 1931-1932

Popular Books Published 1931-1932


The Story of Babar / Jean de Brunhoff

An orphaned baby elephant goes to live in the city with an elderly woman who gives him everything he wants, but he eventually returns to the forest where he is crowned king the elephants. (E BRUNHOFF)


The Good Earth / Pearl S. Buck

A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner. (FIC BUCK)


The Secret of Shadow Ranch / Carolyn Keene

Nancy arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch but finds herself embroiled in a baffling mystery involving a phantom horse and buried treasure. (J FIC KEENE)


The Waves / Virginia Woolf

As they move from childhood to maturity, the personalities of six friends are revealed through interior monologues. Elliptical, but deeply poetic, the strands of their experiences emerge gently and reflectively in a stream of consciousness, illuminating the meaning of life itself. (FIC WOOLF)


Light in August / William Faulkner

In a novel about hopeless perseverance in the face of mortality, guileless Lena Grove searches for the father of her unborn child, Reverend Hightower is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and drifter Joe Christmas is consumed by his mixed ancestry. (FIC FAULKNER)


Brave New World / Aldous Huxley

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media–has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller’s genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity. (FIC HUXLEY)

Mutiny on the Bounty / Charles Bernard Nordhoff

A British crew mutinies against the cruel commander of the Bounty in 1787. (FIC NORDHOFF)



Little House in the Big Woods / Laura Ingalls Wilder

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father’s stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors. (J FIC WILDER / J PBK WILDER)


Did you know? The Empire State Building was completed in 1931. It only took 13 months to complete!

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