#TBT: 1991

Popular books published in 1991

Body of Evidence / Patricia Cornwell

Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta investigates the death of a woman who had been stalked and threatened. (FIC CORNWELL)


Sophie’s World / Jostein Gaarder

Finding two thought-inducing philosophical questions in her mailbox, Sophie enrolls in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher, and begins receiving some equally strange letters. (FIC GAARDER)


The Firm / John Grisham

Mitch McDeere, a Harvard Law School graduate, has a beautiful, loving wife and a sharp, ethical mind. He settles down to a career in a high-rolling Memphis law firm that gives him all the material and professional perks and sets him up finding tax shelters for wealthy Texans. But for some reason, the firm’s associates keep dying. (FIC GRISHAM)

Chrysanthemum / Kevin Henkes

Starting school can be a real test of one’s mettle, especially for those with unusual names. Wee mouse Chrysanthemum has always loved the “absolutely perfect” name her parents gave her, but most of her kindergarten classmates have names like Joe and Sue and Bill, and they tease her for having the same name as a flower. (E HENKES)

The Dragon Reborn / Robert Jordan

Able to touch the One Power but unable to control its great destructive power, a great messiah named Rand al’Thor flees from his destiny. (PBK JORDAN)


Needful Things / Stephen King

Seemingly harmless Leland Gaunt has just opened a store in Castle Rock, Maine, called ‘Needful Things.’ Curiously, he doesn’t accept cash for purchases, but instead allows his customers to pay by playing small pranks on fellow townspeople. While the pranks start out as innocuous jokes, they soon build into harmful occurrences. (FIC KING)

Faceless Killers / Henning Mankell

Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local Swedish police officer whose own personal life is falling apart, finds himself coping with a wave of anti-foreigner sentiment when he is put in charge of the investigation into the brutal murders of an elderly couple. (FIC MANKELL)


Shiloh / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs. (J PBK NAYLOR)


A Thousand Acres / Jane Smiley

Larry Cook, an Iowan farmer who has worked a thousand acre plot owned by his family for generations, abruptly decides to leave his farm to his three daughters and retire. His two eldest daughters are pleased with the decision but his youngest daughter has been cut out by her father and is angry. (FIC SMILEY)

The Six Wives of Henry VIII / Alison Weir

Draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, diplomatic reports, and other records of the Tudor period to reveal the lives of the six extraordinary women who married Henry VIII. (942.05 WEI)


Did you know? The price of a stamp in 1991 was 29 cents. 

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