On a Bowie Binge? Consider These Books Set in the 1970s

Shelf RenewalPioneering singer, songwriter, painter, and actor David Bowie died last Sunday, leaving behind an artistic legacy that will endure. His songs can transport many listeners right back to when they first heard them. Two of his most renowned records, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, were released in the early 1970s and signaled a significant change from the pop music of the previous decade. Whether you’re dusting off LPs or playing the Bowie channel on your streaming music site of choice, these books are the perfect backdrop for your ’70s-era reverie. 

David Bowie for America's librariesAll the President’s Men, by Carl Bernstein

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu

Black Hole, by Charles Burns

The Book of Getting Even, by Benjamin Taylor

Born on the Fourth of July, by Ron Kovic

Channeling Mark Twain, by Carol Muskes-Dukes

City Boy: My Life in New York during the 1960s and 70s, by Edmund White

City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg

Drop City, by T.C. Boyle

The Man Who Saved the World by Peter DoggettEverything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner

The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem

A Gathering of Old Men, by Ernest J. Gaines

I Hotel, by Karen Tei Yamashita

The Ice Storm, by Rick Moody

If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin

In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard

Joyland, by Stephen King

Just Kids, by Patti Smith

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

Man Gone Down, by Michael Thomas

The Man Who Saved the World: David Bowie and the 1970s, by Peter Doggett

Paradise, by Toni Morrison

The Short History of a Prince, by Jane Hamilton

The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides

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About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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