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Bestsellers The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1950's

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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1950's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1950 through 1959. 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 50'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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A House Is Not a Home Polly Adler - Year in the Top 15: 1953

2
A Man Called Peter Catherine Marshall - Years in the Top 15: 1952, 1953, 1955

3
Act One Michael Coleman - Year in the Top 15: 1959

4
Aku Aku Thor Heyerdahl - Year in the Top 15: 1958

5
Angel Unaware Dale Rogers - Year in the Top 15: 1953

6
Arthritis and Common Sense, rev. ed. Year in the Top 15: 1956

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Baruch: My Own Story Year in the Top 15: 1957

8
Belles on Their Toes Frank Gilbreth, Jr. - Year in the Top 15: 1950

9
Better Homes and Gardens Barbecue Book Year in the Top 15: 1956

10
Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book Year in the Top 15: 1956

11
Better Homes and Gardens Diet Book Year in the Top 15: 1955

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Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book Year in the Top 15: 1951

14
Better Homes and Gardens Handyman's Book Year in the Top 15: 1951

15
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Year in the Top 15: 1954

16
Better Homes and Gardens Salad Book Year in the Top 15: 1958

17
Betty Crocker's Good and Easy Cook Book Year in the Top 15: 1954

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Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book Years in the Top 15: 1950, 1951

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But we were born free Elmer Davis - Year in the Top 15: 1954

21
Campus Zoo Year in the Top 15: 1950

22
Charley Weaver's letters from mamma Cliff Arquette - Year in the Top 15: 1959

23
Dear Abby Year in the Top 15: 1958

24
Etiquette Emily Post - Year in the Top 15: 1956

25
Folk Medicine Peter Sieling - Year in the Top 15: 1959

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For 2cents Plain Year in the Top 15: 1959

27
Gift from the Sea Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Year in the Top 15: 1955

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How I raised myself from failure to success in selling Frank Bettger - Year in the Top 15: 1950

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How To Live 365 Days a Year Year in the Top 15: 1956

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How to Live 365 Days a Year Year in the Top 15: 1955

31
How to Play Your Best Golf Year in the Top 15: 1953

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I'll Cry Tomorrow Gerold Frank, Lillian Roth, Mike Connolly - Year in the Top 15: 1954

33
Inside Africa John Gunther - Year in the Top 15: 1955

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Inside Russia today John Gunther - Year in the Top 15: 1958

35
Kids Say the Darndest Things! Years in the Top 15: 1957, 1958

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Kon-Tiki Thor Heyerdahl - Years in the Top 15: 1950, 1951

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Life is worth living Fulton J. Sheen - Year in the Top 15: 1953

38
Look younger, live longer Gayelord Hauser - Years in the Top 15: 1950, 1951

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Love or perish Smiley Blanton - Year in the Top 15: 1956

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Masters of deceit J. Edgar Hoover - Year in the Top 15: 1958

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Mine Enemy Grows Older Year in the Top 15: 1959

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Mr. Jones, meet the Master Peter Marshall, Peter Marshall - Year in the Top 15: 1950

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Mr. President Steve Sullivan, George Sullivan - Year in the Top 15: 1952

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Only in America Harry Golden - Years in the Top 15: 1958, 1959

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Please Don't Eat the Daisies Jean Kerr - Years in the Top 15: 1957, 1958

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Pogo Year in the Top 15: 1951

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Sexual Behavior in the Human Female Year in the Top 15: 1953

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Stay alive all your life Norman Vincent Peale - Year in the Top 15: 1957

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Tallulah Tallulah Bankhead - Year in the Top 15: 1952

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The American Heritage Book of Great Historic Places Richard M. Ketchum - Year in the Top 15: 1957