What are the best books of the 1970s?

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    #1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Bobby Hayes
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy may have been made in the 70s, but it's become very popular again the past several years. It's timeless and i think everyone should read it. "
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    #2Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    A father and his son start a motorcycle trip across the Northwest of America, the starting point of a moving and penetration meditation about the lives they, and we all, live. 


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    Christopher Perry
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Once, I took apart the engine to a lawnmower and it was pretty cool but I accidentally burnt my hand on the exhaust port and it really hurt. "
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    #3'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot is a book written by Stephen King which is about the story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident. It was published by Anchor in 2008.


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    Joyce Jimenez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "Stephen King's book 'Salem's Lot' explored a lot of social issues that were prevalent during the 70's. It discusses the influence an evil newcomber can have on the minds of folks from small towns. It speaks to how those who are not exposed to the good and evil in the world and how they can be manipulated. The book is wonderfully scary and well written. "
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    #4Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.


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    Bobby Hughes
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Sometimes I like to challenge myself to read older books just to gain a different perspective. One of the best books of the 1970's that I have read is probably Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles). This book kept me on the edge of my seat."
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    #5Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Jane James
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a wonderful book about friendship and then tragic loss. Fighting your inner demons and guilt can be hard but our character finds a way to be close to his friend again even though shes gone"
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    #6Watership Down

    Watership Down

    Watership Down is a book by Richard Adams about a band of rabbits who leaves their home to create a new and better one in a different place. This allegorical tale also tells the adventure and challenging journey of rabbits.


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    Rebecca Collins
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This book drags on and on and I'm not sure I would recommend it. Maybe if you are really bored one night and have nothing better to do but there are more fascinating novels out there to spend your time on. This is more appropriate for middle schoolers."
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    #7The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.


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    Sandra Villegas
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This listing for "The Exorcist" is a spot-on one-stop shop for what is definitely one of the best books from the 1970s. I found any format I could ever need from the traditional hardback to Kindle download. I would just need to grab my favorite beverage and settle in for a good scary read with this picture perfection solution. "
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    #8Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 

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    Jordan Hayes
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "It's more than 1200 pages long and it's not long enough. This book can be described with only one word - amazing. The first page sucks you in and keeps you in the edge till the end. You never know what will happen next and what awaits in the next corner. Shogun showed me a new side of the world, it changed my views on many things, and made me understand just as many things. "
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    #9Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends is a collection of humorous poetry and illustrations by Shel Silverstein. It presents common childhood issues and amusing stories fit for kids.


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    Martha Garza
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book is a classic. My kids love it as much as I did when I was young."
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    Carrie is a horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of Carrie White, a girl that's constantly bullied by her schoolmates. When she finally has a chance to be normal, an unforeseen cruel act will end in horrible disaster.


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    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "If you want a good book that takes place in the 1970s, i suggest Carrie. It has a great story and it is extremely creepy as well."
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    #11A Suspension of Mercy

    A Suspension of Mercy

    A Suspension of Mercy is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1972 by  W. W. Norton Company. 


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    Bruce Hernandez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my boyfriend who waits for me to come home all day. I was looking for something exciting and special to share with my boyfriend to show my appreciation for all of his commitment and loving. I found this great mystery suspense thriller written by Patricia Highsmith, the fiction story, called "A Suspension of Mercy" which describes an extraordinary and inspiring story that helps to enlighten readers from all walks of life. Thank you!"
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    #12The Impetuous Duchess

    The Impetuous Duchess

    The Impetuous Duchess is a historical romance fiction novel written by Barbara Cartland. This book is set in France and it is about the Duke of Warminster and Jabina's fake marriage. It is first published in 1975.


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    Carol Pena
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is just a test romance novel. it does have the angle of being a historical fiction, however at the end of the day it is just your average dinosaur romance novel."
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    #13Play It As It Lays

    Play It As It Lays

    Play It As It Lays tells the story of 31-year-old actress and former model Maria Wyeth who is institutionalized in a neuropsychiatric hospital; it traces her life and how she ended up in the facility. 


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    Ralph Sims
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This is one of those searing reads that I have to be in the right frame of mind for. It speaks a lot of truth about Hollywood and was written at a time when that wasn't done very often, so it's an important work."
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    #14The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder

    The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder

    The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder is a mystery horror fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1975 by W. W. Norton Company.


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    Ryan Guzman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A great book originally published in 1975 is The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder authored by Patricia Highsmith. This book has a premise I find fascinating, animals getting revenge on humans they feel have wronged them. It's a collection of short stories told in a very entertaining and humorous way. It holds up to this day! "
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    #15The Proud Breed

    The Proud Breed

    The Proud Breed is a historical romance fiction novel written by Celeste De Blasis. This book is about Gavin Ramsay and Tessa MacLeod's story and it is first published in 1978. 


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    Danielle Cunningham
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Tessa and Gavin take us through a lifetime of love, pain, adventure and triumph. I loved it so much I named my daughter Tessa. It's a story that will grab you in from the beginning and keep you reading "
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    #16It Could Always Be Worse

    It Could Always Be Worse

    It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale is a Jewish children's picture book created by Margot Zemach. This book is about a poor man who followed Rabbi's advice. It is nominated for Caldecott Medal and published in 1976. 


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    Saanvi Yadav
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Typical Jewish story about how awful it is to be a Jew even though Jews are exceptionally wealthy and powerful. It's part of the Holocaust indoctrination that begins in very young Jews. Not suitable for goyim."
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    #17Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday is the first book in the young adult fiction series Andrews Family written by Mary Rodgers which centers on Annabell and her mother. This has been adapted into a film by Disney.


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    Diana Duncan
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I got this book for my 7 year old nephew and he enjoyed it. It was his go to "bed time" story book and he read numerous times. Would recommend for anyone looking to buy a new book for their kids."
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    #18The Bored Bridegroom

    The Bored Bridegroom

    The Bored Bridegroom is a historical romance fiction novel written by Barbara Cartland. This book is about Lucretia Hedley's makeover transformation for the Marquis. It is first published in 1974 by Bantam Books. 


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    #19Goldsmith's Wife

    Goldsmith's Wife

    Goldsmith's Wife is a thrilling historical romance novel written by renowned author Jean Plaidy, who also used the name, Victoria Holt. It was first published in December 1976. The author was also known as Philippa Carr. 


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    Debra Greene
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Fun novel with an amazing female lead character. She's so charming and witty you will fall in love with her. I couldn't put this book down once I started to read it. Older novels usually aren't my thing, but this one was amazing."


Best What are the best books of the 1970s
1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 16 Paid
2Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceBooks 13 Paid
3'Salem's LotBooks 11 Paid
4Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Books 11 Paid
5Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 9 Paid
6Watership DownBooks 7 Paid
7The ExorcistBooks 5 Paid
8Shogun (Asian Saga)Books 4 Paid
9Where the Sidewalk EndsBooks 3 Paid
10CarrieBooks 1 Paid

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