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Best Selling Novels of the 1970's

A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1970's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1970 through 1979. All types of novels have been included and each of them has 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 70'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.
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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Beggarman, Thief Irwin Shaw Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Kurt Vonnegut Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Centennial James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Agatha Christie Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    John Fowles Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Anaïs Nin

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    Jacqueline Susann's Dolores Jacqueline Susann Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Dreams die first Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Evening in Byzantium Irwin Shaw Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Belva Plain Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Ken Follett Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Mario Puzo Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Great lion of God Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Erica Jong Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Saul Bellow Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Margaret Craven Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Years in the Top Ten: 1977, 1978

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    Islands in the Stream Ernest Hemingway Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Kurt Vonnegut Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Peter Benchley Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    Richard Bach Years in the Top Ten: 1972, 1973

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    Looking for Mr. Goodbar Judith Perelman Rossner Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Memories of another day Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Message from Malaga Helen Clark MacInnes Year in the Top Ten: 1971

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    Chaim Potok Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Oliver's Story Erich Segal Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Jacqueline Susann Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Overload Arthur Hailey Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Leon Uris Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    John Updike Year in the Top Ten: 1971

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    E. L. Doctorow Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Irwin Shaw Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Howard Fast Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Dan Jenkins Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Sh?gun Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Slapstick or Lonesome No More! Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Agatha Christie Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    John le Carré Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Joseph Heller Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    William Styron Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Jack Higgins Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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