#TBT: 1964 & 1965

Popular Books Published in 1964 & 1965


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Roald Dahl

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. (J FIC / J PBK DAHL)


Harriet the Spy / Louise Fitzhugh

Eleven-year-old Harriet, who wants to be a writer, writes down everything she sees, but alienates her friends in the process. (J PBK FITZHUGH)


I Never Promised You a Rose Garden / Joanne Greenberg (Hannah Green, pen name)

Chronicles the three-year battle of a mentally ill, but perceptive, teenage girl against a world of her own creation, emphasizing her relationship with the doctor who gave her the ammunition of self-understanding with which to destroy that world of fantasy. (FIC GREEN, HANNAH)


Sometimes a Great Notion / Ken Kesey

The aggressive scion of an Oregon lumber empire struggles against the conformity of townspeople. (FIC KESEY)


The Giving Tree / Shel Silverstein

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. (J 811 SIL)



The Mouse and the Motorcycle / Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. (J FIC / J PBK CLEARY)


Over Sea, Under Stone / Susan Cooper

Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur. (J PBK COOPER)


The Man with the Golden Gun / Ian Fleming

Pitted against the sophisticated and deadly villain Scaramanga and his arch rival Hi Fat, Bond is assigned to recover a small piece of equipment which can be utilized to harness the sun’s energy. (FIC FLEMING)


Dune / Frank Herbert

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, and bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. (FIC HERBERT)


The Autobiography of Malcolm X / Malcolm X

The Black leader discusses his political philosophy and reveals details of his life, shedding light on the ideas that enabled him to gain the allegiance of a still growing percentage of the Black population. (921 MALCOLM X)


Did you know? The game show Jeopardy! debuted on NBC in 1964. 

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