Rich in time and place, your patrons will have the time of their lives with these indulgent, decade-focused books. Check out our featured titles below or view the full collection on Edelweiss.


For the 2000s

The Brittanys: A Novel by Brittany Ackerman

Bursting with bittersweet nostalgia, a funny, poignant, perfectly voiced debut that brilliantly captures what it’s like to be a teenage girl.

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Want more 2000s recs?

Click for more information on The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History by Andy Greene.


For the 90s:

Survive the Night: A Novel by Riley Sager

It’s November 1991. George Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and twenty-year-old Charlie Jordan is in a Pontiac Grand Am being driven by a serial killer.

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Request an eGalley of When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain on Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Request an eGalley of The China Room by Sunjeev Sahota on Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Click for more information on The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.


For the 80s:

Malibu Rising: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

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Want more 80s recs?

Click for more information on We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel by Quan Barry.

Click for more information on Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith.

Click for more information on My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.


For the 70s

Velvet Was the Night: A Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a riveting noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome gangster, and the mystery of the missing woman that brings them together.

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Request an eGalley of Songs in Ursa Major: A Novel by Emma Brodie on Edelweiss and NetGalley.

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For the 60s

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton

From acclaimed author Jeanne Thornton, an epic, singular look at fandom, creativity, longing, and trans identity.

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Want more 60s recs?

Click for more information on The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline


For the 50s

Widespread Panic: A novel by James Ellroy

From the modern master of noir comes a novel about the malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood underground—a tale of pervasive paranoia teeming with communist conspiracies, FBI finks, celebrity smut films, and strange bedfellows.

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Want more 50s recs?

Click for more information on Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton.

Click for more information on The Chelsea Girls: A Novel by Fiona Davis.


Listen to Our Mystery Theatre Collection on Audio

A collection of suspenseful radio dramas hosted by Christopher Lee that will take listeners through thrilling perplexities set in the era of the forties and fifties.


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