What are the best novels about the 1960s?

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    #1The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49 is a postmodern literature novel written by Thomas Pynchon which was originally published in 1965. This novel is about a woman named Oedipa Maas and the unveiling of truths between two mail distribution companies.


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    Vincent Bailey
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Fantastic novel which tells about a women Oedipa Mass. It was very interesting to read"
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    #2The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.

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    Reyansh Pillai
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. It is set in the American South during the 1960s,. The book was also made into a movie with the same name recently. It is available in Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Audio CD and Kindle editions."
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    #3The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.

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    Kathy Moreno
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I was born in the 1960s and had relatives who fought in the Vietnam War, but was too young to remember how it might have directly affected my relatives and they never were willing to discuss their experiences. The Things They Carried gave me an unique insight to what a soldier is feeling and experiencing as he enters leaves home, enters combat and how to heal from the horrors of war. There is healing for veterans to discuss what happened as they share stories with each other; this book allows me, who never was a solder, to feel empathy for those who did fight the war the struggles that were associated with that fight."
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    #4Tree of Smoke

    Tree of Smoke
    Tree of Smoke is Denis Johnson's novel about Skip Sands, a spy-in-training, and the Houston brothers, Bill and James, who are Arizona natives that found out what fighting in a war really meant in the jungles of Vietnam.

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    Sanvi Malik
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Tree of Smoke is a fantastic find for anyone looking for a historical novel. I loved the transformation to a different time. I thought the book was action packed and thought provoking. "
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    #5The Brothers K

    The Brothers K

    This book is the story of the Chance family, whose leaders are Papa Chance, a former MLB player, and his wife. The whole book is narrated by the youngest brother, Kincaid, the one in charge of letting us know about every member of the family.


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    Arthur Parker
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This book is highly rated and definitely is relevant to someone looking to read about the novel themed in the 1960s. My only gripe with this is that there are better selling books in this category one could choose from, some of which have been made into movies already."
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    #6The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is a creative nonfiction novel originally published in 1968. This book is claimed as the breaking ground for the literary style of New Journalism.


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    Phillip Sanchez
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "The Electric Kool Aid test was every bit as gripping as it's title was eye catching. The subject matter is fascinating and the book paints a picture so vivid, that you practically feel like you're being transported into the era it explores. Decades after the book was published, the picture it paints still resonates til this day. "
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    #7American Pastoral

    American Pastoral

    American Pastoral is a classic Philip Roth novel about Swede, who was living a happy life in the Boomer generation until his daughter became a fanatical teenager prone to savage acts of political terrorism.


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    Larry Fuller
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is pretty dope."
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    #8Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    Helter Skelter is a collaborative work by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry detailing the series of brutal random murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers. Bugliosi was the prosecutor who brought Manson to justice.


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    Louis Cruz
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "If you are curious about the Manson brothers, this is the book for you. It tells the story in such an interesting way. "
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    #9A Prayer for Owen Meany

    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    A Prayer for Owen Meany is a classic fiction book written by John Irving. It is first published in 1989 by Balck Swan. 


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    Alejandro Blanco
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My sister let me borrow this book and a funny thing happened while I was reading it- I remembered my childhood. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and this reflection on life and maturity was enough to bring back a lot of really powerful memories. "
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    #10Rabbit Redux

    Rabbit Redux

    Rabbit Redux is a classic American Literature, fiction novel written by John Updike. It was published August 27, 1996 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.


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    Pamela Nguyen
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a well-written novel book. It is worth time reading."


Best What are the best novels about the 1960s
1The Crying of Lot 49Books 33 Paid
2The HelpBooks 30 Paid
3The Things They CarriedBooks 29 Paid
4Tree of SmokeBooks 27 Paid
5The Brothers KBooks 26 Paid
6The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestBooks 24 Paid
7American PastoralBooks 21 Paid
8Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson MurdersBooks 21 Paid
9A Prayer for Owen Meany Books 14 Paid
10Rabbit ReduxBooks 11 Paid

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