Whereas a decade before was a real time for the development of business in publishing, the 1990s was a time for a complete redefinition of the world of publishing. After the many years, and even decades, it took for publishing to be built up into a structured business, the 90s sought to break apart this structure into much more sections, but with more defining freedom.
Here are some of 1990s biggest summer sellers:
1990: You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
Written by a Georgetown University linguistics professor, Deborah Tannen, this books discusses the differences in communication between the male and female genders. Figuring out these differences, Tannen explains, can help a couple figure out their problems and establish better communication. A decade where self-help books began to ALY rocket in publication, this book seems to stand out as the best amongst the rest.
1991: Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly
The following year to the gender book written by a woman, came this male psyche exploration book by Robert Bly. This book redefines masculinity for the modern male psyche. Bly, is a major American poet who won a National Book Award in 1968, and who appears regularly at a variety of workshops for men.
1993: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
This age old love story follows a 45 year old woman named Francesca who is living in a loveless marriage, and therefore decides to have a passionate affair with a visiting photographer. The book topped the New York Times bestseller list for 38 weeks, and was turned into movie in 1995 starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
1997: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
This story follows the poverty-stricken struggles of it’s author’s Irish-American immigrant life in his memoir. Struggling with an alcoholic, unemployed father the story follows Frank in his attempts to survive in a time and place where help was not readily available.
1998: Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
This book is a true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil. The story follows the pupil in his attempts- and eventual success- with reconnecting with his mentor where he is able to tell his mentor how much he meant to him, and is even able to resume his mentorship to a degree.
1999: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The start of a series franchise, this is the first in many successful J.K. Rowling books following a young orphan boy who, on his 11th birthday, finds out he is a magical wizard- and not just any wizard. He is the surviving hope for all of wizard-kind.