Now, more than ever, out of print books are helping shape the public debate. Two of the top five most searched for out of print books are ripped straight out of the headlines.
In 1971, a young vet named John Kerry joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He volunteered to edit a book called The New Soldier, about the group's case against what they perceived as an unjust and badly mismanaged war. Three decades later, Senator Kerry is the Democratic Presidential candidate, and The New Soldier is the #1 most sought after out of print Society and Culture title in America. Fans and critics are hunting down copies of the book, hoping it can shed more light on the candidate's views on war and other foreign policy issues.
In 1981, first-time author Lynne Cheney wrote a novel called Sisters, a bodice-ripper about nineteenth century feminist pioneers in Wyoming, dealing in part with lesbian relationships. Two decades later, the historian and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney is very much in the public eye, and the hard-to-find Sisters is the #1 most sought after Fiction title in America. With Cheney's opposition to the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment in the news, readers are looking toward her novel to learn more about her views on gay/lesbian issues.
|Arts and Music|
|Painting, photography, dance, music, etc.; Architecture and design; Books about art and artistic movements; museum and auction catalogs|
|2||Hendrik Van Loon||The Arts|
|3||Larry Clark||Teenage Lust|
|4||W.C. Bryant||Picturesque America|
|5||Thomas Craven (ed.)||A Treasury of American Prints|
|6||Irving Penn||Worlds in a Small Room|
|7||Josef Koudelka||Gypsies: Photographs|
|8||Irving Penn||Moments Preserved|
|9||Arthur Leighton Guptill||Norman Rockwell, Illustrator|