#TBT: 1999

Throw-Back-Thursday! Are you curious what you would have been reading 10 years ago? 20 years? 50 years? 100 years? Then check out our new #TBT series. Our new Thursday blog posts will all be books from the past that you still might be interested in reading today!

1999: 20 Years Ago

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern Warfare / Mark Bowden

A group of elite U.S. soldiers is sent into Mogadishu in 1993 on a U.N. peacekeeping operation, and for eighteen harrowing hours they are trapped, facing overwhelming odds in hostile territory. (967.73053 BOW)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. (FIC CHBOSKY, TEEN FIC CHBOSKY)


Timeline / Michael Crichton

Quantum theory combines with the medieval past in a suspenseful adventure. (FIC CRICHTON)



Bud, Not Buddy / Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (J FIC CURTIS)


The Testament / John Grisham

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His heirs, to no one’s surprise — especially Troy’s — are circling like vultures. (FIC GRISHAM)


Plainsong / Kent Haruf

An unlikely extended family is formed when a high school teacher helps a pregnant student make a home with two elderly bachelor ranchers. (FIC HARUF)


Interpreter of Maladies: Stories / Jhumpa Lahiri

In nine stories imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, Lahiri charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. This short fiction collection blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture in such tales as “A Temporary Matter,” in which a young Indian-American couple confronts their grief over the loss of a child, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. (FIC LAHIRI)

Keeping Faith / Jodi Picoult

Faith, a seven-year-old girl whose family is torn apart by divorce, begins talking to God and performing miracles, and her family enters a media circus of believers, critics, medical professionals, and lawyers. (FIC PICOULT)


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / J.K. Rowling

During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents’ death. (J FIC ROWLING, J PBK ROWLING)


A Walk to Remember / Nicholas Sparks

A nostalgic look back at the 1950s in a story of first love set in a small North Carolina town. (J FIC SPARKS)



Did You Know? The price of a postage stamp in 1999 was $.33. 

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