Bookstores abounded with hot titles in the 1980s, and it was a particularly lucrative time for the likes of Danielle Steel, Stephen King, and Robert Ludlum. The Naval Institute Press published its first work of fiction, The Hunt for Red October, making Tom Clancy a household name and a very rich man. Lake Wobegon Days brought the idyllic world of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion to readers. On the other hand, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses led the Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against him that continues today. Test your knowledge of '80s blockbuster novels… While you’re at it, you might add a few titles to your “Books to Read” list.
Literature Potpourri: Bestsellers of the '80s
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