And we read at the library as teens…
I wonder if our kids could do the same or if they’re long gone? Ah, the glorious 60s.
Richard Armour wrote a series of brilliant hilariously funny lite-history books, with titles starting, “It all started with…” It All Started With Eve, It All Started with Columbus, It All Started With Europa: Being an Undigested History of Europe from Prehistoric Man to the Present, Proving That We Remember Best Whatever Is Least Important, and so on. I devoured these in the non-fiction adult’s section. Twisted Tales From Shakespeare was another fun one.
Peg Bracken wrote a brilliant cookbook called The I Hate to Cook Book. I recently purchased another copy and read through it, marveling at how nice it is that women are no longer responsible for 100% of the cooking. And how many of the recipes in there were already familiar to me– things I know how to make from memory because my mother and everybody else’s mother made them too.
Jean Kerr wrote a series of books collecting delightful essays together. She was in the humor section. (Please Don’t Eat the Daisies was made into a movie.) I remember most her essay about why she writes– because she has children and she wants to sleep in and therefore must make enough money to hire a nanny. Sleep is an excellent reason/way to choose a career.
Erma Bombeck was not quite as good as Jean Kerr, but still good to read.
I suppose James Thurber will still be around and not forgotten… his stuff probably qualifies as classics.
What are your favorite books from the 50s, 60s, and 70s?