#TBT: 1997

Popular Books Published in 1997

Tuesdays with Morrie / Mitch Albom

A sportswriter conveys the wisdom of his late mentor, professor Morrie Schwartz, recounting their weekly conversations as Schwartz lay dying. (921 SCHWARTZ)


Killing Floor / Lee Child

A discharged soldier is framed for a murder by the chief of police in a small town in Georgia where he has just arrived. When the soldier learns that the murdered man was his brother he breaks out of jail and carries out his own investigation. (PBK CHILD)


The Red Tent / Anita Diamant

The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman. (FIC DIAMANT)


Guns, Germs, and Steel / Jared Diamond

The author dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history’s broadest patterns. (303.4 DIA)


Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier

After Inman escapes from a war hospital in 1864 and starts walking to Cold Mountain, Ada struggles to save her mountain farm with the help of Ruby, an illiterate but efficient farmer. (FIC FRAZIER)


Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden

The “memoirs” of one of Japan’s most celebrated geishas describes how, in 1929, as a little girl, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves. (FIC GOLDEN)


Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse

In a series of poems, fourteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. (J FIC HESSE)


Ella Enchanted / Gail Carson Levine

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. (J PBK / J FIC LEVINE)


The Adventures of Captain Underpants / Dav Pilkey

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. (J FIC / J PBK PILKEY)


The Four Agreements / Don Miguel Ruiz

The book offers a code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that may cause suffering and limitation in a person’s life. (299.792 RUI)



Did you know? On April Fools Day in 1997, Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune) and Alex Trebek (Jeopardy) swapped shows for the day!

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