At the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago in mid-January, the Notable Books Council of ALA's Reference and Adult Services Division released its list of 34 outstanding books of 1985.
Titles include many books looking at aspects of America's past, such as Larry McMurtry's novel, Lonesome Dove, and David Robinson's definitive biography, Chaplin. The list is also strong in major works on political and social developments abroad, such as Sterling Seagrave's study of 20th-century Chinese politics, The Soong Dynasty.
The RASD committee selected the titles for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. Criteria include wide appeal and literary merit. The list was compiled for the use of general readers and librarians who work with adult readers.
Adams, Ansel with Mary Street Alinder. Ansel Adams: An Autobiography. Little, Brown/New York Graphic Society.
Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. Translated from the Spanish by Mayda Bogin. Knopf.
Banks, Russell. Continental Drift. Harper.
Caufield, Catherine. In the Rainforest. Knopf.
Chute, Carolyn. The Beans of Egypt, Maine. Ticknor & Fields.
Costantini, Humberto. The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis. Translated from the Spanish by Norman Thomas di Giovanni. Harper.
DeLillo, Don. White Noise. Viking/ Elisabeth Sifton.
Doctorow, E. L. World's Fair. Random.
Duras, Marguerite. The Lover. Translated from the French by Barbara Bray. Pantheon.
Gordon, Mary. Men and Angels. Random.
Heaney, Seamus. Station Island. Farrar.
Hewat, Alan. Lady's Time. Harper.
Jones, G. C. Growing Up Hard in Harlan County. University Press of Kentucky.
Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Shah of Shahs. Translated from the Polishby William R. Brand and Katarzyna MroczkowskaBrand. HBJ/Helen and Kurt Wolff.
Kidder, Tracy. House. Houghton.
Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. Farrar.
Lapierre, Dominique. City of Joy. Translated from the French byKathryn Spink. Doubleday.
Lelyveld, Joseph. Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White. Times Books.
Lester, Julius. Do Lord Remember Me: A Novel. Holt.
Lucie-Smith, Edward. Art of the 1930s: The Age of Anxiety. Rizzoli.
Lukas, J. Anthony. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. Knopf.
McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove: A Novel. Simon & Schuster.
Maharidge, Dale. Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass. …