#TBT: 1937 & 1938

Popular Books Published in 1937 & 1938


Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen

In describing her experiences managing a coffee plantation in Kenya, the author provides insight into the nature of African life. (967.6 DIN)


To Have and Have Not / Ernest Hemingway

In an attempt to keep his family above water, Harry Morgan runs contraband rum shipments between Cuba and Key West during the 1930s, in a humorous tale that also follows an unlikely love affair. (FIC HEMINGWAY)


Their Eyes Were Watching God / Zora Neale Hurston

When Janie Starks returns home, she seeks identity and independence as the small southern black community buzzes with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man. (FIC HURSTON)


And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street / Dr. Seuss

A boy imagines a series of incredible sights on his way home from school so that he will have an interesting report to give his father. (E SEUSS)


Of Mice and Men / John Steinbeck

The tragic story of two itinerant ranch hands on the run–one is the lifelong companion to the other, a developmentally disabled man. (FIC STEINBECK)


The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again / J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. (FIC / TEEN FIC/ J FIC TOLKIEN)


On the Banks of Plum Creek / Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers. (J FIC / J PBK WILDER)



Mr. Popper’s Penguins / Richard and Florence Atwater

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. (J FIC / J PBK ATWATER)


Rebecca / Daphne Du Maurier

A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house’s first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted. (FIC DU MAURIER)


Our Town / Thornton Wilder

Our Town is a 1938 metatheatrical three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. (812.52 WIL)


Did you know? The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened in 1937. 

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