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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  1. 1

    100,000,000 Guinea Pigs Arthur Kallet Years in the Top 15: 1933, 1934

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    A fortune to share Vashni Young Year in the Top 15: 1932

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    A Peculiar Treasure Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Lisa Gardner Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    An American Doctor's Odyssey Years in the Top 15: 1936, 1937

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    Around the world in eleven years Patience Abbe Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    Autobiography with Letters Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Edwin Gaustad Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    Boners: Being a Collection of Schoolboy Wisdom, or Knowledge as It Is Sometimes Written Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Brazilian Adventure Peter Fleming Year in the Top 15: 1934

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    Memoirs of a British agent R. H. Bruce Lockhart Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    Byron André Maurois Year in the Top 15: 1930

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  13. 13

    Contract Bridge Blue Book Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Contract Bridge Blue Book of 1933 Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    A country lawyer Henry A. Shute Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Culbertson's Summary Years in the Top 15: 1931, 1932

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    Pierre van Paassen Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Education of a princess Marii͡a Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Fanny Kemble Margaret Armstrong Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    Fatal interview Edna St. Vincent Millay Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Forty-two Years in the White House Year in the Top 15: 1934

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    Francis the First Francis Hackett Year in the Top 15: 1935

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    Dale Carnegie Years in the Top 15: 1937, 1938

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    I write as I please Walter Duranty Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    I'm a stranger here myself John Seymour Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Inside Europe John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1936

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  28. 28

    Life begins at forty Ann Burkitt Years in the Top 15: 1933, 1934

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    Clarence Day Years in the Top 15: 1935, 1936

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    Life with Mother Year in the Top 15: 1937

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    Lincoln Emil Ludwig Year in the Top 15: 1930

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    Listen! the Wind Anne Morrow Lindbergh Years in the Top 15: 1938, 1939

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    Live alone and like it Marjorie Hillis Roulston Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    Lone cowboy Will James Year in the Top 15: 1930

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    Looking forward Franklin D. Roosevelt Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    Vincent Sheean, Ève Curie Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    Man the Unknown Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    Marie Antoinette Hilaire Belloc Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles Margaret George Year in the Top 15: 1935

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    Mathematics for the Million Year in the Top 15: 1937

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    Adolf Hitler Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Mexico Stuart Chase Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    More Merry-Go-Round Year in the Top 15: 1932

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    New Russia's Primer Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    David Pownall Year in the Top 15: 1934

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    North to the Orient Anne Morrow Lindbergh Years in the Top 15: 1935, 1936

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    Vincent Sheean, Vance Havner Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Only Yesterday Peggy Webb Year in the Top 15: 1932

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    Orchids on Your Budget Year in the Top 15: 1937

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    Personal history Vincent Sheean Year in the Top 15: 1935

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