#TBT: 1994

Popular Books Published in 1994

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil / John Berendt

In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows. (364.1 BER)


The Glass Lake / Maeve Binchy

Kit McMahon’s mother supposedly drowns, but she has been in London with her lover, and she makes contact with Kit when Kit is a teenager by pretending that she is Kit’s mother’s old friend. (FIC BINCHY)


Walk Two Moons / Sharon Creech

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. (J PBK CREECH)


Catherine, Called Birdy / Karen Cushman

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off. (J FIC CUSHMAN)


One for the Money / Janet Evanovich

When Stephanie Plum needs money (she’s been laid off, her Miata has been repossessed, her rent is due, etc.), she turns to bounty hunting for quick cash…even though she has no idea what to do and doesn’t own a gun. Luckily, her first quarry, an ex-cop accused of murder, turns out to be her first lover, with whom she still shares a powerful chemistry; unluckily, he’s better at getting away than she is at catching him. With the help of a mysterious (and hot!) new friend, Ranger, who shows her some tricks of the trade, Stephanie just might turn this new job into a career. (FIC EVANOVICH)

Snow Falling on Cedars / David Guterson

Presents a tense courtroom drama, a poignant love story, and a haunting reflection on the delicate balance between the mind and heart. (FIC GUTERSON)


At Home in Mitford / Jan Karon

Longing for change in the face of burnout, Episcopal rector Father Tim finds his lonely bachelor existence enriched by a stray dog, a lonely boy, and a pretty neighbor. (FIC KARON)


Long Walk to Freedom / Nelson Mandela

The leader of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison, and his return to lead his people. (921 MANDELA)


One True Thing / Anna Quindlen

A young woman sits in jail, accused of the mercy killing of her dying mother. She didn’t do it, but she thinks she knows who did. In the last months of her life, Ellen Gulden’s mother revealed startling secrets that challenged everything Ellen believed about her family. Now, in jail, Ellen believes those secrets will tell her who had the courage to end her mother’s suffering. (FIC QUINDLEN)

Night Prey / John Sandford

Lucas Davenport is asked by a female game warden to investigate a mysterious murder in a Minnesota wildlife refuge, in a case that leads to a confrontation with a skillful and elusive killer. (FIC SANDFORD)


Did You Know? The price of a daily newspaper in 1994 was 25 cents. 

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