Best Novels about the 1960s
Novels that provide a multi-layered, textured narrative of one of the most colorful and turbulent periods in recent American history.
1 The Electric Kool-Aid Acid ...
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2 The Help
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3 11/22/63
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4 Go Ask Alice
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5 The Manson File: Myth and R...
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6 The Drifters
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6 Looking for Jack Kerouac
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8 Helter Skelter: The True St...
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9 Valley Of The Dolls
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10 A Prayer for Owen Meany
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11 Flying Solo:  an unconventi...
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12 Stained Glass Rain
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13 American Pastoral (The Amer...
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14 Rabbit Redux (Rabbit Angstr...
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15 Set the Night on Fire
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16 Solo Vietnam
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17 The Time of Our Singing
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18 The Millstone
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19 Going Away
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20 Failure To Zigzag: A Novel
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21 The Brothers K
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22 Ghetto Medic: A Father in t...
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22 Spilled Coffee
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22 Beyond Nostalgia
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22 Risking Everything: A Freed...
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26 Tree of Smoke
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26 How the García Girls Lost T...
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26 7 Sanctuaries
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29 Be Not Content
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29 Finding Tranquility Base: A...
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31 American Tabloid (Underworl...
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32 Altamont Augie
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32 My Vietnam War
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34 Drop City
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34 Dance the Eagle to Sleep
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34 Mr. Sammler's Planet
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34 Steal This Book
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38 On Chesil Beach
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38 The Great Pretender
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40 Nog
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41 The Feast of the Goat
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42 Kick It Till It Breaks
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43 Gagarin And I
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44 Friday Night at Honeybee's
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44 A Single Man
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46 Coffee Will Make You Black
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47 Superior Women
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48 Original Sins
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49 Love Invents Us
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50 Benediction at the Savoia
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51 Rainy Lake
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52 The Other Side of Haight: A...
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52 In the Night Cafe
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52 Rome 1960: The Olympics Tha...
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52 Searching for Lincoln's Ghost
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52 Jesus' Son
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52 Purple Sunshine
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52 Crystal Ships
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52 Catch Me If You Can: The Tr...
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52 Saying Goodbye, Love is Lea...
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52 Collateral Damage
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52 Orville Nix: The Missing JF...
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52 Hitler Burns Detroit
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52 Small Fish Big Fish
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65 Skirts
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65 The Collector
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65 The Cold Six Thousand (Unde...
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65 The Crying of Lot 49
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65 In the Kingdom of Men
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65 Purple Sunshine
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65 The Duke Don't Dance
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65 Saying Goodbye (What the Wo...
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65 The Family
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74 The Things They Carried
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75 Miami and the Siege of Chicago
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76 Local Deities
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76 Offshore
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78 Augusta Cotton
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78 All New People
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80 The Loves of Faustyna: A Novel
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80 The Edible Woman
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80 The bloom high way
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83 The Way to St. Ives
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83 Home Comfort: Stories and S...
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85 Crossing Blood
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86 Bright Angel Time
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87 Freshwater Road
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87 The Saskiad
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89 An Ocean in Iowa
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90 Civil Wars
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91 The Other Family
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92 Little Miss Strange: A Novel
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93 The Last Hotel For Women: A...
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94 Can't Quit You, Baby
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95 Last Comes the Egg
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96 The Invisible Circus
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97 Longing
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98 The Boy Who Went Away
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99 Absolute Truths (Starbridge...
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100 Kinfolks
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message 1: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 23, 2011 11:45AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads To Kill a Mockingbird was written in the 1960s, but I was under the definite impression it was set in the 1930s.

Also, I think The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is non-fiction.


message 2: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Yeah, can 'To Kill a Mockingbird' get taken off this list? doesnt belong here....


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Rebecca Have done :)


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