Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1930's Books
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Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1930's

A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1930's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1930 through 1939. All types of novels have been included and each of them made it into the top ten. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The best selling novels on this list were the most popular books in the United States during the 30's, so you can be sure they're well written and enjoyable (depending, of course, on your preferred literary genre). This list is intended to help long-time readers and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novels of all time.

Note that Publishers Weekly left the "Harry Potter" series off of this list as its inclusion made the entire children's book industry appear to sharply rise and decline depending on the series' release schedule.
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    Arthur Kallet Years in the Top 15: 1933, 1934

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Vashni Young Year in the Top 15: 1932

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Lisa Gardner Year in the Top 15: 1938

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Years in the Top 15: 1936, 1937

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Patience Abbe Year in the Top 15: 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Edwin Gaustad Year in the Top 15: 1938

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Peter Fleming Year in the Top 15: 1934

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    R. H. Bruce Lockhart Year in the Top 15: 1933

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    André Maurois Year in the Top 15: 1930

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1931

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1933

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Henry A. Shute Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Years in the Top 15: 1931, 1932

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Pierre van Paassen Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Marii͡a Year in the Top 15: 1931

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Margaret Armstrong Year in the Top 15: 1938

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Edna St. Vincent Millay Year in the Top 15: 1931

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1934

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Francis Hackett Year in the Top 15: 1935

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Dale Carnegie Years in the Top 15: 1937, 1938

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Walter Duranty Year in the Top 15: 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Seymour Year in the Top 15: 1938

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Ann Burkitt Years in the Top 15: 1933, 1934

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Clarence Day Years in the Top 15: 1935, 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1937

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Emil Ludwig Year in the Top 15: 1930

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Anne Morrow Lindbergh Years in the Top 15: 1938, 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Marjorie Hillis Roulston Year in the Top 15: 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Will James Year in the Top 15: 1930

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Year in the Top 15: 1933

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Vincent Sheean, Ève Curie Year in the Top 15: 1938

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Hilaire Belloc Year in the Top 15: 1933

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Margaret George Year in the Top 15: 1935

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1937

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Adolf Hitler Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Stuart Chase Year in the Top 15: 1931

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1932

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1931

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    David Pownall Year in the Top 15: 1934

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Anne Morrow Lindbergh Years in the Top 15: 1935, 1936

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Vincent Sheean, Vance Havner Year in the Top 15: 1939

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Peggy Webb Year in the Top 15: 1932

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Year in the Top 15: 1937

    ) open buy @ amazon
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    Vincent Sheean Year in the Top 15: 1935

    ) open buy @ amazon
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