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1942 Books & Bestsellers

1942 Fiction Top Ten Books

(according to Publisher's Weekly)
1. The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel
2. The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck
3. Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck
4. And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field
5. Drivin' Woman by Elizabeth Pickett
6. Windswept by Mary Ellen Chase
7. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
8. The Sun Is My Undoing by Marguerite Steen
9. Kings Row by Henry Bellamann
10. The Keys of the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin

1942 Non-Fiction Books

1. See Here, Private Hargrove by Marion Hargrove
2. Mission to Moscow by Joseph E. Davies
3. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Elliot Paul
4. Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
5. Victory Through Air Power by Major Alexander P. de Seversky
6. Past Imperfect by Ilka Chase
7. They Were Expendable by W.L. White
8. Flight to Arras by Antoine de St. Exupéry
9. Washington Is Like That by W.M. Kiplinger
10. Inside Latin America by John Gunther

1942 Notable Literature

Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Philosophy in a New Key by Suzanne K. Langer
On Native Grounds by Alfred Kazin
Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy by Joseph Schumpeter
And Keep Your Powder Dry by Margaret Mead
The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston

Book of the Month Club Selections

The Ivory Mischief by Arthur Meeker, Jr
Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck
Admiral of the Ocean Sea by Samuel Eliot Morison
The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Making of Tomorrow by Raoul de Roussy de Sales
The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel
Victory through Air Power by Alexander P. de Seversky
Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes
The Just and the Unjust by James Gould Cozzens
The Raft by Robert Trumbell
The Days of Ofelia by Gertrude Diamant
The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers
They Were Expendable by W.L. White
Look to the Mountain by LeGrand Cannon, Jr
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough
We Took to the Woods by Louis Dickinson Rich

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