List of 36 Books Based in the 1950s

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Looking for books based in the 1950s? Take a look at this handy list of relevant examples. In this collection, you'll find a variety of books that are set in that time period.
Title Author Publishing Year Genre
A Boy's Own Story Edmund White 1982 Novel, Fiction, Autobiography, Autobiographical novel, Bildungsroman
Absolute Beginners Colin MacInnes 1959 Novel, Fiction
Baby of the Family Tina McElroy Ansa 1989 Bildungsroman, Occult Fiction, Domestic Fiction
Brooklyn Colm Tóibín 2009 Novel, Romance novel, Psychological Fiction
Bunny Lake Is Missing Evelyn Piper 1957 Novel, Fiction, Mystery
Circle of Friends Maeve Binchy 1990 Novel, Fiction, Romance novel, Drama
England Expects Sara Sheridan 2014 Mystery, Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction
Gods of Howl Mountain Taylor Brown 2018 Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction
It Stephen King 1986 Novel, Horror fiction, Thriller, Dark fantasy, Coming-of-age story
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 1955 Novel, Fiction, Erotic literature, Tragicomedy
Meet Me in Monaco Hazel Gaynor 2019 Historical Fiction, Romance novel, Biographical Fiction
Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia 2020 Horror fiction, Gothic fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Historical fantasy
Seventh Heaven Alice Hoffman 1990 Novel, Domestic Fiction
Snow John Banville 2020 Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson 1994 Novel, Fiction, Legal Story
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 1963 Novel, Autobiography, Autobiographical novel, Psychological Fiction, Roman à clef, Fictional Autobiography
The Calculating Stars Mary Robinette Kowal 2018 Historical Fiction, Historical, Adult, Space, Science Fiction Fantasy
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951 Novel, Young adult fiction, Bildungsroman, Coming-of-age story, Literary realism, First-person narrative
The Huntress Kate Quinn 2019 Novel, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, War story
The Invitation Lucy Foley 2016 Romance novel, Historical Fiction
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets Eva Rice 2005 Romance novel, Historical Fiction
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Oscar Hijuelos 1989 Novel, Domestic Fiction
The Perfume Collector Kathleen Tessaro 2013 Novel, Historical Fiction
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver 1998 Novel, Historical Fiction, Women's fiction, Domestic Fiction
The Reader Bernhard Schlink 1995 Novel, Romance novel, Psychological Fiction
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro 1989 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction, historical novel
The Secrets We Kept Lara Prescott 2019 Thriller, Historical Fiction, Spy fiction
The Stationery Shop of Tehran Marjan Kamali 2019 Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction
The Summer Wives Beatriz Williams 2018 Novel, Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction
The Swans of Fifth Avenue Melanie Benjamin 2016 Novel, Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley 2009 Novel, Mystery, Fiction
The Wedding Dorothy West 1995 Novel, Domestic Fiction
The Women in Black Madeleine St. John 1993 Literature, Fiction
The Women’s Room Marilyn French 1977 Novel, Fiction
Wishing You Were Here Catherine Chant 2012 Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance, Young Adult, Music, Fantasy
Women Like Us Erica Abeel 1994 Domestic Fiction

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