Retro Reads

Were you, like me, misplaced in time? Do you have an inner mid-20th century housewife or man-in-a-gray-flannel-suit? Do you long for the style and culture of the 1930s, 40s and 50s with a smattering of the 20s and early 60s mixed in? Pull up a chair, mix yourself that Tom Collins and tune up the hi-fi...time for Retro Reads. (I have not really put them in order of favorites and I have not yet read all these titles myself. I added titles as I thought of them.)
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Since "American" is one of the tags you used for this list, I take it it's to be "mid-20th century-American" only ... not also "European" or "Latin American"?


message 2: by Lori (new)

Lori That was actually rather limiting wasn't it? I am not really familiar with the retro reads from Latin America and the only European I have passing familiarity with are British. For me, separate lists from Europe and Latin America would be useful.

Lori


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yes, I agree that separate lists for other parts of the world would make sense. Was just wondering what books such as "Katherine" and "The World of Suzie Wong" were doing on this one then ... or is this simply because they were written in the time period covered?


message 4: by Lori (new)

Lori I think I was just tossing up some titles that I was aware of. (I did this 2 years ago...when I first joined Goodreads.) And...I didn't put all the titles up. Others have added to the list. It is kind of a free-for-all. I am in the middle of another big project right now and have not really spent time with this list the way I would like.

However...I would love to do something with more obscure 'popular fiction' from the mid 20th century (not necessarily 'famous' or 'literary' titles). Last I looked, my down town library still had quite a few of these older popular titles on the shelf and I would love to rescue some of them from obscurity.


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