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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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1876 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
1876 Gore Vidal - Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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A Stranger in the Mirror is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
A Stranger in the Mirror Sidney Sheldon - Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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August 1914 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
August 1914 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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Beggarman, Thief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Beggarman, Thief Irwin Shaw - Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Bloodline Sidney Sheldon - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut - Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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Burr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Burr Gore Vidal - Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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Captains and the Kings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Captains and the Kings Taylor Caldwell - Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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Centennial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Centennial James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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Chesapeake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Chesapeake James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Curtain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Curtain Agatha Christie - Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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Daniel Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Daniel Martin John Fowles - Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin

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Jacqueline Susann's Dolores is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Jacqueline Susann's Dolores Jacqueline Susann - Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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Dreams die first is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Dreams die first Harold Robbins - Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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Evening in Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Evening in Byzantium Irwin Shaw - Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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Evergreen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Evergreen Belva Plain - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Fools Die is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Fools Die Mario Puzo - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Great lion of God is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Great lion of God Taylor Caldwell - Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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How to Save Your Own Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
How to Save Your Own Life Erica Jong - Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Humboldt's Gift Saul Bellow - Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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I Heard the Owl Call My Name is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
I Heard the Owl Call My Name Margaret Craven - Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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Illusions: The Adventures of a... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Years in the Top Ten: 1977, 1978

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Islands in the Stream is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Islands in the Stream Ernest Hemingway - Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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Jailbird is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Jailbird Kurt Vonnegut - Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Jaws Peter Benchley - Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach - Years in the Top Ten: 1972, 1973

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Judith Perelman Rossner - Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Love Story Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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Memories of another day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Memories of another day Harold Robbins - Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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Message from Malaga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Message from Malaga Helen Clark MacInnes - Year in the Top Ten: 1971

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My Name Is Asher Lev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
My Name Is Asher Lev Chaim Potok - Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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Oliver's Story is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Oliver's Story Erich Segal - Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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Once Is Not Enough is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Once Is Not Enough Jacqueline Susann - Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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Overload is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Overload Arthur Hailey - Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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QB VII is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
QB VII Leon Uris - Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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Rabbit Redux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Rabbit Redux John Updike - Year in the Top Ten: 1971

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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Ragtime E. L. Doctorow - Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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Rich Man, Poor Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Rich Man, Poor Man Irwin Shaw - Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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Scruples is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Scruples Judith Krantz - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Second Generation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Second Generation Howard Fast - Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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Semi-Tough is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Semi-Tough Dan Jenkins - Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Shōgun Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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Slapstick or Lonesome No More! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Slapstick or Lonesome No More! Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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Sleeping Murder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Sleeping Murder Agatha Christie - Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Smiley's People John le Carré - Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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Something Happened is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Something Happened Joseph Heller - Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Sophie's Choice William Styron - Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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Storm Warning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Storm Warning Jack Higgins - Year in the Top Ten: 1976