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

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    Vashni Young Year in the Top 15: 1932

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    Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Lisa Gardner Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    Years in the Top 15: 1936, 1937

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    Patience Abbe Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Edwin Gaustad Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    Peter Fleming Year in the Top 15: 1934

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    R. H. Bruce Lockhart Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    André Maurois Year in the Top 15: 1930

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    Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    Henry A. Shute Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Years in the Top 15: 1931, 1932

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    Pierre van Paassen Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Marii͡a Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Margaret Armstrong Year in the Top 15: 1938

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

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    Year in the Top 15: 1934

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    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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    Walter Duranty Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    John Seymour Year in the Top 15: 1938

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    John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    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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    Year in the Top 15: 1937

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    Emil Ludwig Year in the Top 15: 1930

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

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    Marjorie Hillis Roulston Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    Will James Year in the Top 15: 1930

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    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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    Year in the Top 15: 1936

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    Hilaire Belloc Year in the Top 15: 1933

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    Margaret George Year in the Top 15: 1935

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    Year in the Top 15: 1937

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    Adolf Hitler Year in the Top 15: 1939

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    Stuart Chase Year in the Top 15: 1931

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    Year in the Top 15: 1932

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    David Pownall Year in the Top 15: 1934

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    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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    Peggy Webb Year in the Top 15: 1932

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    Year in the Top 15: 1937

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    Vincent Sheean Year in the Top 15: 1935

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