Best Books of 1979

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1979:

Fiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
The White AlbumJoan Didion
King of the JewsLeslie Epstein
Sleepless NightsElizabeth Hardwick
The Executioner’s SongNorman Miller
A Bend in the RiverV.S. Naipaul
The Ghost WriterPhilip Roth
Too Far to Go: The Maples StoriesJohn Updike

Nonfiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidDouglas R. Hofstadter
Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in BiologyHorace Freeland Judson
The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: Correspondence Between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund WilsonSimon Karlinsky
White House YearsHenry Kissinger
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing ExpectationsChristopher Lasch
The Rise of Theodore RooseveltEdmund Morris
The Habit of BeingFlannery O’Connor
The Boer WarThomas Pakenham
The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIAThomas Powers
Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of CambodiaWilliam Shawcross

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1979

Here is the Pulitzer Prize winning Fiction book of 1979:

TitleAuthor
The Stories of John CheeverJohn Cheever

Here is the Pulitzer Prize winning General Nonfiction book of 1979:

TitleAuthor
On Human NatureEdward O. Wilson