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1949 Books & Bestsellers

1949 Fiction Top Ten Books

(according to Publisher's Weekly)
1. The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
2. The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas
3. Mary by Sholem Asch
4. A Rage to Live by John O'Hara
5. Point of No Return by John P. Marquand
6. Dinner at Antoine's by Frances Parkinson Keyes
7. High Towers by Thomas B. Costain
8. Cutlass Empire by Van Wyck Mason
9. Pride's Castle by Frank Yerby
10. Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter

1949 Non-Fiction Books

1. White Collar Zoo by Clare Barnes Jr
2. How to Win at Canasta by Oswald Jacoby
3. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
4. Home Sweet Zoo by Clare Barnes Jr
5. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
6. The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler
7. Canasta, the Argentine Rummy Game by Ottilie H. Reilly
8. Canasta by Josephine Artayeta de Viel and Ralph Michael
9. Peace of Soul by Fulton J. Sheen
10. A Guide to Confident Living by Norman Vincent Peale

1949 Notable Literature

Social Theory and Social Structure by Robert K. Merton
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
The Vital Center by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr
Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard
The Mediterranean and Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II by Fernand Braudel

Book of the Month Club Selections

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Hound-Dog Man by Fred Gipson
Elephant and the Castle by R.C. Hutchinson
Double Muscadine by Francis Gaither
Their Finest Hour by Winston Churchill
Kinfolk by Pearl S. Buck
Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Behind the Curtain by John Gunther
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Lead Kindly Light by Vincent Sheean
The Mature Mind by H.A. Overstreet
The Mudlark by Theodore Bonnet
The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr
This I Remember by Eleanor Roosevelt
Modern Arms and Free Men by Vannevar Bush

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