I’m a 90s baby. I was born in 1989. And lately I’ve been obsess about finding out what books were published in the year that I was born. I was hopping they were really interesting.
Anyways here are the top 5 most interesting books to me, published in 1989. And that should be on my tbr. (to be read)
by Katherine Dunn
(January 1st 1989)
Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.
(The picture above is probably not the actual one for the edition that came out on 1989. Sorry. lol)
Dead Poets Society (Paperback Edition)
by N.H. Kleinbaum
(A paperback edition of this was published in July 1st 1989)
Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to “make your lives extraordinary! Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society–a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment count.
But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams?
Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
(A hardcover edition of this book was publish in April 24th 1989)
As the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
The Hobbit: A Graphic Novel (1 of 3)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
(A paperback edition was published in September 1989)
Book one of three. For the first time this Tolkien’s fantasy is adapted into a fully painted graphic novel by Charles Dixon and David Wenzel.
The Dark Half
by Stephen King
(A hardcover edition was published on January 1, 1989)
The Dark Half is a horror novel by Stephen King, published in 1989. Publishers Weekly listed The Dark Half as the second best-selling book of 1989 behind Tom Clancy’s Clear and Present Danger. The novel was adapted into a feature film of the same name in 1993. Stephen King wrote several books under a pseudonym, Richard Bachman, during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the Bachman novels were darker and more cynical in nature, featuring a far more visceral sense of horror than the psychological, Gothic style common to many of King’s most famous works. When King was identified as Bachman, he wrote The Dark Half – about an author with a sinister parasitic twin – in response to his outing.
This was a really hard list to make. There weren’t many interested books published that year, at least to me.
The descriptions of each book are from Amazon.com and GoodReads.com