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Old 02-13-2013, 08:34 AM   #16
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There are a ton of WWII novels set in the 40s. You ....
there is "The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Miller

(I just read his "The Spooky Art" about writing)
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #17
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I'd advise that you read Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952) before concluding that anything in the USA was "better" then...
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:37 AM   #18
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Breakfast at Tiffany's - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakfa..._%28novella%29

oopsie, I now see it was already mentioned, but what the whey...
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:32 PM   #19
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Two of my favorites:

The Best of Everything, by Rona Jaffe
Marjorie Morningstar, by Herman Wouk (this was just recently released as an e-book)
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #20
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Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.
It was a huge bestseller in 1956.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:32 AM   #21
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My favourite was Valley Of The Dolls. Harold Robbins wrote a lot of books set around then as well. Mind you it is a very long time since I read them and I was very young and now find most authors I read back then beyond scary bad these days.

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #22
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The February Bookclub book is A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. It takes place in the 50s. It starts off in the 40s and moves to the 50s.
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How about Leslie Charteris's the Saint Series. I think you might enjoy them. They were quite popular in their day. I found the series light reading without all the 'blood, guts, and gore' a lot of today's writers like to describe.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #24
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"The Naked Lunch"
"Raisin in the Sun" (it's a play)
"1984"
"East of Eden"

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