#TBT: 1972-1973

Popular Books Published in 1972-1973


Watership Down / Richard Adams

In a constant struggle against oppression, a group of rabbits search for peaceful co-existence. Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace. (FIC ADAMS)


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing / Judy Blume

A fourth grade boy tries to deal with his very active brother. (J PBK BLUME)



The Odessa File / Frederick Forsyth

An elderly Jewish man’s diary leads a newspaperman on a manhunt to track down members of ODESSA, a powerful secret organization formed by the SS to protect and re-establish its fugitive members throughout the world. (FIC FORSYTH)


Julie of the Wolves / Jean Craighead George

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. (J FIC GEORGE / J PBK GEORGE)



The Dark is Rising / Susan Cooper

This night will be bad and tomorrow will be beyond imagining. It’s Midwinter’s Eve, the day before Will’s eleventh birthday. But there is an atmosphere of fear in the familiar countryside around him. Will discovers that he has the power of the Old Ones, and that he must embark on a quest to vanquish the terrifyingly evil magic of the Dark. (J PBK COOPER)

The Princess Bride / William Goldman

A classic swashbuckling romance retells the tale of a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant who come to the aid of Westley, a handsome farm boy, and Buttercup, a princess in dire need of rescue from the evil schemers surrounding her. (PBK GOLDMAN)


A Wind in the Door / Madeline L’Engle

With Meg’s help, the dragons her little brother saw in the garden play an important part in his getting well and take her on a journey into space. (J FIC L’ENGLE / J PBK L’ENGLE)


Sula / Toni Morrison

At the heart of Sula is a bond between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injures. Sula and Nel are both black, both smart, and both poor. Through their girlhood years, they share everything. All this changes when Sula gets out of the Bottom, the hilltop neighborhood where there hides a fierce resentment at the invisible line that cannot be overstepped. (FIC MORRISON)

Gravity’s Rainbow / Thomas Pynchon

Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, is under suspicion by his superiors and soon on the run from enemies through Germany. (FIC PYNCHON)


How to Eat Fried Worms / Thomas Rockwell

Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal. (J FIC ROCKWELL / J PBK ROCKWELL)



Did you know? Bounce dryer sheets were introduced in 1972. 

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