Apr 102007
 April 10, 2007  Posted by at 8:02 am  Add comments

From yesterday’s USA Today, the most memorable books of the past 25 years:

25 Books that leave a legacy

Books tell a story — about our reading preferences, certainly, but also about what’s happening in our world. USA TODAY’s book editors and critics chose 25 titles that made an impact on readers and the publishing industry over the past quarter-century.

We might have included Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express to the list. 

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By J.K. Rowling (1998)
2 The Deep End of the Ocean By Jacquelyn Mitchard (1996)
3 The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown (2003)
4 The 911 Commission Report By the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (2004)
5 Chicken Soup for the Soul By Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (1993)
6 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus By John Gray (1992)
7 Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution By Robert C. Atkins (1992)
8 And the Band Played On By Randy Shilts (1987)
9 Beloved By Toni Morrison (1987)
10 The Greatest Generation By Tom Brokaw (1998)
11 Bridget Jones’s Diary By Helen Fielding (1998)
12 Left Behind By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (1995)
13 The Purpose Driven Life By Rick Warren (2003)
14 Fast Food Nation By Eric Schlosser (2001)
15 The Satanic Verses By Salman Rushdie (1989)
16 The Closing of the American Mind By Allan Bloom (1987)
17 The Bonfire of the Vanities By Tom Wolfe (1987)
18 The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan (1989)
19 What To Expect When You’re Expecting By Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway (1984)
20 A Brief History of Time By Stephen Hawking (1988)
21 Iacocca By Lee Iacocca (1984)
22 Waiting to Exhale By Terry McMillan (1992)
23 Cold Mountain By Charles Frazier (1997)
24 Backlash By Susan Faludi (1991)
25 Final Exit By Derek Humphry (1991)