Have you ever wanted a really good book but can’t seem to find one that sounds like one you’d like to read? From the 40s, authors penned some really great books, both in fiction and non-fiction. Here are some of the Best of the 40s and ones that are a good read any year.
-How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn
-Kitty Foyle, Christopher Morley
–Mrs Miniver, Jan Struther.
A British family struggles to survive the first days of World War II.In early summer 1939, middle-class English housewife Kay Miniver happily returns from a London shopping trip to Belham, the Thames Valley village in which she lives, and is flattered that station master Ballard has named his newly propagated rose after her. That night, Kay feels slightly guilty over buying an expensive hat, while her architect-husband Clem feels the same way about his new sportscar. When they eventually confess their respective purchases, they laugh, happy in the knowledge that they can now afford some of life’s little luxuries. The next day, Kay and Clem welcome home their eldest child Vin, who has returned home for the summer holiday and is a bit pompous after his year at Oxford. Vin embarrasses his parents when he insults Carol Beldon, granddaughter of local aristocrat Lady Beldon, when Carol comes to ask Kay to influence Ballard to withdraw his rose from competing against Lady Beldon’s in the annual flower show. At a dance that night, Carol receives a secret message………
-For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
-The Nazarene, Sholem Asch
-The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
-The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas
-Keys of the Kingdom, A. J. Cronin
-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
-Mrs. Parkington, Louis Bromfield
-The Apostle, Sholem Asch
-Forever Amber, Kathleen
-The Egyptian, Mika Waltari
-Point of No Return, John P. Marquand
-Father of the Bride, Edward Streeter
-How to Win at Canasta, Oswald Jacoby
–Cheaper by the Dozen, Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
A pioneering efficiency expert tests his theories on his large family.
Ann Gilbreth, the oldest of the twelve children of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, begins to relate some episodes from her family’s history. In 1921, when Ann is sixteen, the family lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where her father, an industrial engineer, is also an efficiency expert utilizing time and motion studies. Frank informs the family that they are moving to Montclair, New Jersey. Once the family is established there, Frank chairs one of his regular family council meetings to assign the children various chores that will assist Lillian and the two servants, Mrs. Monahan and Jim Bracken. When Frank goes to enroll five of the children in school, he tells the principal that he would like to meet the teachers, explaining that he wants the children placed in higher grades as their mental ages exceed their physical ages thanks to the complete home training program he has devised for them.
-The Greatest Story Ever Told, Fulton Oursler
-How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie
-Crusade in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower
-The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald
–Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough.
OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY is a travel essay that appeared
in 1942. Within, co-authors and best pals Cornelia Otis Skinner from Bryn Mawr, PA and Emily Kimbrough from Indiana share the experiences of an independent trip to Europe made in 1920 when young, footloose and relatively free of parental oversight. Skinner’s parents were traveling on a parallel but more or less separate itinerary. The charm of this delightful narrative lies in the fact that it’s a recollection of girlish innocence, naivete, and silliness told from the perspective of a more mature adulthood that achieves an engaging, self-deprecating wit. Had the two travelers been teenage boys, I doubt that such a retrospective tale would’ve been conceived and told by their grown-up counterparts; it’s just not a Guy Thing.
-The Last Time I Saw Paris, Elliot Paul
-Washington Is Like That, W. M. Kiplinger
-Blood, Sweat and Tears, Winston S. Churchill
-You Can’t Do Business with Hitler, Douglas Miller