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101 Best Book Titles of All Time

        posted by john, Clipperton Publishing, August 12, 2012

Great books require a great title. A high percentage of the top selling books in history had short, catchy titles.


1. Official Book Club Selection
Kathy Griffin (Ballantine)

2. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
Chelsea Handler (Simon Spotlight Entertainment)

3. When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home
Erma Bombeck (Harper)

4. Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession
Erma Bombeck (McGraw-Hill)

5. I Owe Russia $1200
Bob Hope (Doubleday)

6. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)
David Reuben (McKay)

7. Too Fat to Fish
Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza (Spiegel & Grau)

8. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
James Finn Garner (MacMillan)

9. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
Chad Orzel (Scribner)


1. Liberal Fascism
Jonah Goldberg (Doubleday)

2. People Who Eat Darkness
Richard Lloyd Parry (Straus and Giroux)

3. Mine Enemy Grows Older
Alexander King (Simon & Schuster)

4. Your Erroneous Zones
Wayne Dwyer (Funk & Wagnalls)

5. Barbarians at the Gate
Bryan Burrough and John Helyer (Harper)

6. Women Who Run With the Wolves
Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Ballantine)

7. Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt (Random House)

8. The Devil In the White City
Erik Larson (Crown)

9. Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

10. This Side of Innocence
Taylor Caldwell (Scribner's)

11. East of Eden
John Steinbeck (Viking)

12. The View from Pompey's Head
Hamilton Basso (Doubleday)

13. Something of Value
Robert Ruark (Doubleday)

14. Ship of Fools
Katherine Anne Porter (Little, Brown)

15. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carré (Coward-McCann)

16. Valley of the Dolls
Jacqueline Susann (Geis)

17. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Judith Rossner (Simon & Schuster)

18. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Terry McMillan (Viking)

19. The Deep End of the Ocean
Jacquelyn Mitchard (Viking)

20. Pretend You Don't See Her
Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

21. A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Terry McMillan (Viking)

22. Skipping Christmas
John Grisham (Doubleday)

23. The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

24. Lean Mean Thirteen
Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's)

25. Finger Lickin' Fifteen
Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's)

26. What the Night Knows
Dean Koontz (Bantam)

27. Cuba and the Night
Pico Iyer (Vintage)

28. Video Night in Kathmandu
Pico Iyer (Vintage)

29. Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of The World
Pico Iyer (Vintage)

30. And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie (Collins Crime Club)

31. In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?
Charles M. Sheldon (Chicago Advance)

32. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee (J. B. Lippincott & Co)

33. Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell (Macmillan Publishers)

34. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez (Harper & Row)

35. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson (Norstedts Förlag)

36. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle (Putnam/Philomel)

37. Fear of Flying
Erica Jong (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

38. The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett (Macmillan)

39. The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck ( The Viking Press-James Lloyd)

40. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams (Del Rey)

41. No Longer Human
Osamu Dazai (New Directions)

42. A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking (Bantam Dell Publishing Group)

43. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter(Warner Books Ed)

44. Horrible Histories
Terry Deary (Scholastic)

45. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Haruki Murakami (Kodansha International)

46. Dance Dance Dance
Haruki Murakami (Kodansha International)

47. One Thousand and One Nights

48. Journey to the End of the Night
Louis-Ferdinand Céline (New Directions Publishing Corporation)

49. Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez (Editorial Oveja Negra)

50. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
João Guimarães Rosa (Knopf)

51. The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway (Charles Scribner's Sons)

52. The Man Without Qualities
Robert Musil (Rowohlt Verlag)

53. Season of Migration to the North
Tayeb Salih (Tayeb Salih)

54. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Tom Wolfe (Picador)

55. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Hunter S. Thompson (Vintage)

56. The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
Hunter S. Thompson (Summit Books)

57. The Sex Lives of Cannibals
J. Maarten Troost (Broadway)

58. Wanderlust
Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

Define a New Concept

1. Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown)

3. Choose Your Own Adventure
Various Authors

Travel Lust

1. Arctic Dreams
Barry Lopez (Vintage)

2. Dark Star Safari
Paul Theroux (Mariner Books)

3. Baghdad Without a Map
Tony Horwitz (Plume)

4. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Suketu Mehta (Penguin Books)

5. A Winter in Arabia
Freya Stark (The Overlook Press)

6. Chasing the Sea
Tom Bissell (Vintage)

7. An Area of Darkness
V.S. Naipaul (Picador)

9. Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey (Touchstone)

10. Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness
Jeffrey Tayler (Three Rivers Press)

11. The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer
Eric Hansen (Vintage)

12. Wrong About Japan
Peter Carey (Vintage)

13. The Places in Between
Rory Stewart (Mariner Books)

14. Seven Years in Tibet
Heinrich Harrer (Tarcher)

15. West With the Night
Beryl Markham (North Point Press)

Solve People's Problems

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie (Simon & Schuster)

2. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Dale Carnegie (Simon & Schuster)

3. Arthritis and Common Sense
Dale Alexander (Witkower Press)

4. You Can Heal Your Life
Louise Hay (Hay House)

5. What to Expect When You're Expecting
Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkoff (Workman Publishing Company)

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey (Free Press)


1. The Gathering Storm
Winston Churchill (Houghton Mifflin)

2. Don't Go Near the Water
William Brinkley (Random House)


1. In Search of Lost Time
Marcel Proust (Grasset and Gallimard)

Sound Like An Insider

1. Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York
Stephen Birmingham (Harper)

Change A Common Phrase

1. You're Only Old Once
Dr. Seuss (Random House)

2. Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice and Alcohol-Free Beer
P. J. O'Rourke (Atlantic Monthly)

Feel Good

1. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Robert Fulghum (Villard)

2. Oh, the Places You'll Go
DrSeuss (Random House)

3. Loves Music, Loves to Dance
Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

Other Good Titles

1. The Joy of Sex
Alex Comfort (Crown)

2. Wisdom of Our Fathers
Tim Russert (Random House)

3. A Day in the Life of America
Collins (Collins)

4. A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens


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