#TBT: 1982

Popular Books Published in 1982

The House of the Spirits / Isabelle Allende

The Trueba family embodies strong feelings from the beginning of the 20th century through the assassination of Allende in 1973. (FIC ALLENDE)


The BFG / Roald Dahl

Kid snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. (J FIC / J PBK DAHL)


Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden

Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people. (TEEN FIC GARDEN)


North and South / John Jakes

Chronicles two great American dynasties over three generations. Though brought together in a friendship that neither jealousy nor violence could shatter, the Hazards and the Mains are torn apart by the storm of event that has divided the nation. (FIC JAKES)


Schindler’s List / Thomas Keneally

A wealthy German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler builds a factory near a concentration camp to save the lives of over 1,300 Jews. (FIC KENEALLY)


The Gunslinger / Stephen King

Roland, the world’s last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic man in black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest. (PBK KING)


V for Vendetta / Alan Moore

In a near-future Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself “V,” a beguiling and charismatic figure who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression. (GRAPHIC MOORE)


War Horse / Michael Morpurgo

Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.   (J PBK MORPURGO)


Master of the Game / Sidney Sheldon

Three generations of Blackwell women–each endowed with passion, ambition, and tormenting secrets–gather at Dark Harbor, Maine, to pay homage to Kate Blackwell, ninety-year-old head of the world’s largest conglomerate. (FIC SHELDON)


The Color Purple / Alice Walker

The lives of two sisters–Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates–are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years. (FIC WALKER)



Did you know? The musical Cats opened on Broadway on October 7, 1982. 

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