#TBT: 1974

Popular Books Published in 1974

All The President’s Men / Carl Bernstein

The two Washington Post reporters present the inside story of their inquiry into the persons involved in the Watergate scandal. (364.1324 BER)


Blubber / Judy Blume

Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it is like when she, too, becomes a target. (J PBK BLUME)


Helter Skelter / Vincent Bugliosi

The prosecutor of the Tate-LaBianca trials presents the inside story behind the Manson killings, explaining how Charles Manson was able to make his “family” murder for him, chronicling the investigation, and describing the court trial that brought him and his accomplices to justice. (364.1523 BUG)

Carrie / Stephen King

A repressed teenager uses her telekinetic powers to avenge the cruel jokes of her classmates. (PBK KING)


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy / John Le Carre

George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy. The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley’s mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself. (FIC LE CARRE)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance / Robert M. Pirsig

While cycling through the Western States, a disillusioned American questions the meaning of existence after confronting the ghost of his former, uninstitutionalized self. (121.8 PIR)


A Bridge Too Far / Cornelius Ryan

Reviews the individuals, tactics, and events involved in Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery’s plan to end World War II. (940.54 RYA)


There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! / Dr. Seuss

A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words. (ER 2 SEUSS)


The Killer Angels / Michael Shaara

Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet tell the Southern view of the battle at Gettysburg while Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and General John Buford present the Northern view.  (FIC SHAARA)


Where the Sidewalk Ends / Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings. (J 811 SIL)


Did you know? The post-it note was invented by Arthur Fry in 1974!

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