#TBT: 1957 & 1958

Popular Books Published in 1957 & 1958


A Death in the Family / James Agee

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. From this situation, Agee weaves a story of the complex ways that people deal with life, love, and loss. (FIC AGEE)

Dandelion Wine / Ray Bradbury

A summer in the life of a 12 year old boy in 1928 in the hamlet of Green Town, Ill. (FIC BRADBURY)


Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand

The decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken one man’s awareness of himself as an heroic being. (FIC RAND)


The Cat in the Hat / Dr. Seuss

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games. (E SEUSS / ER2 SEUSS)



Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe

Traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue. (FIC ACHEBE)


A Bear Called Paddington / Michael Bond

When the Brown family meets a bear on Paddington Station, their lives are never the same again, as ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved. (J FIC / J PBK BOND)


Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Truman Capote

The tale of a fun-loving, amoral playgirl in New York City is accompanied by “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory.”. (FIC CAPOTE)


Danny and the Dinosaur / Syd Hoff

A little boy is surprised and pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him. (ER 1 / ER 2 HOFF)


The Witch of Blackbird Pond / Elizabeth George Speare

A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Connecticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing. (J FIC SPEARE)


The Once and Future King / T.H. White

Merlyn instructs Arthur and his brother Sir Kay in the ways of the world. One of them will need it– the king has died leaving no heir, and a rightful one must be found by pulling a sword from an anvil resting on a stone. (FIC WHITE)



Did you know? Bobby Fischer (14 years old) won the United States Chess Championship in 1958. 

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