#TBT: 1985

Popular Books Published in 1985

The Mammoth Hunters / Jean M. Auel

In the sequel to The Valley of Horses, Ayla meets a group of people like herself and uses her talents for healing and animal training. (FIC AUEL)


Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card

Six-year-old Ender Wiggin and his fellow students at Battle School are being tested and trained to determine whether they possess the abilities to remake the world — if the world survives an all-out war with an alien enemy. (TEEN FIC CARD)


Lie Down with Lions / Ken Follett

The intrigue surrounding Russian efforts to assassinate Masud, the leader of the Afghan guerrilla forces battling the Russians, sweeps a young Englishwoman, a French physician, and a roving American into its maelstrom. (FIC FOLLETT)


Love in the Time of Cholera / Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Florentino Ariza has never forgotten his first love. He has waited nearly a lifetime in silence since his beloved Fermina married another man. But now her husband is dead. Finally Florentino has another chance to declare his eternal passion and win her back. Will love that has survived half a century remain unrequited? (FIC GARCIA MARQUEZ)

The Cider House Rules / John Irving

The practices of Dr. Wilbur Larch–obstetrician, orphanage director, ether addict, and abortionist–are hindered, abetted, and continued, in turn, by his favorite orphan, Homer Wells. (FIC IRVING)


Sarah, Plain and Tall / Patricia MacLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. (J FIC MACLACHLAN / J PBK MACLACHLAN)


Lonesome Dove / Larry McMurtry

Former Texas Rangers leave their unsuccessful cattle business when they hear of good opportunities in newly opened territory. (PBK MCMURTRY)


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie / Laura Numeroff

Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child’s day. (E NUMEROFF)


The Ruby in the Smoke / Philip Pullman

In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally Lockhart, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby. (TEEN FIC PULLMAN)


The Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. (E VAN ALLSBURG)


Did you know? Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released in 1985. 

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