#TBT: 1945

Popular books published in 1945

The Black Stallion Returns / Walter Farley

After the Black is claimed by its rightful owner, a great desert chieftain from across the sea, Alec crosses the desert amid many dangers in search of the stallion. (J PBK FARLEY)


Ross Poldark: A novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 / Winston Graham

Tired from a war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead. But his sympathy for the destitute farmers of the district leads him to rescue an urchin girl and take her home – an act which alters the whole course of his life. (FIC GRAHAM)

The Clue in the Crumbling Wall / Carolyn Keene

While trying to locate a missing dancer who is about to gain a large inheritance, Nancy Drew finds a clue leading to the solution of yet another mystery. (J FIC KEENE BK.22)


Strawberry Girl / Lois Lenski

In 1945, in Florida, ten-year-old Birdie Boyer and her family struggle to make their new farm prosper despite heat, droughts, cold snaps, and rowdy neighbors. (J FIC LENSKI)


The Great Divorce: A Dream / C.S. Lewis

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis’s classic vision of the Afterworld, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil. (237 LEW)

Pippi Longstocking / Astrid Lindgren

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey–but without any parents–at the edge of a Swedish village. (J FIC LINDGREN)


Cannery Row / John Steinbeck

Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California. (FIC STEINBECK)


Brideshead Revisited / Evelyn Waugh

Set in 1920’s England, the story examines the wealthy Flyte family through the eyes of Sebastian Flyte’s less wealthy school friend Charles Ryder, who is eventually tempted into an extramarital affair with Sebastian’s sister, Lady Julia. The novel is a story of faith and disillusionment in a glamorous upper-class world. (FIC WAUGH)

Stuart Little / E.B. White

The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird that stayed for a few days in his family’s garden. (J FIC WHITE)


Black Boy: (American hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth / Richard Wright

Traces the author’s coming of age in the Jim Crow-era South, a period during which he struggled to survive while journeying from innocence to adulthood. (921 WRIGHT)



Did You Know? The NFL Champions in 1945 were the Cleveland Rams. Maybe this is foreshadowing for the big game this weekend!

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