#TBT: 1959

Popular Books Published in 1959

To Sir, With Love / E.R. Braithwaite

Candidly describes the problems overcome by this Black teacher in teaching distrustful, rebellious teenagers in a London slum school. (921 BRAITHWAITE)


Goldfinger / Ian Fleming

A friendly game of two-handed canasta that turns out thoroughly crooked. And a beautiful golden girl who ends up thoroughly dead … In Bond’s first encounter with the world’s cleverest, cruellest criminal, useful lessons are learned. (FIC FLEMING)


My Side of the Mountain / Jean Craighead George

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. (J PBK / J FIC GEORGE)


The Tin Drum / Gunter Grass

On his third birthday, Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum, Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany. (FIC GRASS)


A Raisin in the Sun / Lorraine Hansberry

An African-American family is united in love and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty and harsh living conditions. (812.54 HAN)


The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson

Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites three strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor, for whom three months in a haunted house is preferable to caring for her invalid mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. (FIC JACKSON)

A Separate Peace / John Knowles

A conflict of loyalties between Gene and his fearless friend, Phineas, leads to tragedy. (FIC / TEEN FIC KNOWLES)



Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage / Alfred Lansing

Describes how twenty-eight men battled against almost insurmountable odds to return to civilization after their ship sank near the South Pole. (919.8904 LAN PB)


Little Blue and Little Yellow / Leo Lionni

A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become green. (E LIONNI)


Happy Birthday to You! / Dr. Seuss

Describes a birthday celebration in Katroo presided over by the Birthday Bird. (E SEUSS)



Did you know? The Disneyland Monorail System opened to the public in Anaheim, California in 1959. 

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