This behind-the-scenes look at the show that made the ’90s includes exclusive interviews with the creators, producers, director, writers, and cast members. Did you know that Friends originally planned to feature a romance between Monica and Joey? How about that the producers once almost moved the setting to Minneapolis? Get all of the juicy details in this funny, informative book about a decades-old TV show that is still creating new fans on Netflix now. It will make you want to watch the whole series all over again.
Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault
If you were around in the ’90s, the exclamation AACK! should mean something to you. Cathy Guisewite is the creator of Cathy, the comic strip about a woman dealing with the “four basic guilt groups:” work, love, family, and food. Now Guisewite is back with a collection of hilarious essays that talk about navigating relationships with grown children while caring for aging parents, and aging herself at the same time. Her debut book is bound to be as relatable now as her original comic strip character was then.
Just Between Us
Saved by the Bell was an early 90’s staple. Mario Lopez played the role of A.C. Slater, the muscle-bound athlete who became friends with “preppie” Zack after a rivalry over Kelly Kapowski lands them both in detention. In his memoir, Lopez reflects on his years as a child actor, including behind-the-scenes stories about the popular show. His memories are sure to bring fans back to the last decade of the 20th century.
Michael Crichton’s science fiction thriller made cloning dinosaur DNA seem entirely possible, and it was a bestseller in the ’90s. Next time you feel like re-watching the movies, pick up the book instead. Crichton’s dinosaurs are frightening on the page. This cautionary tale about the dangers of genetic engineering and the implications of chaos theory still feel timely.
Everybody Loves Our Town
You can’t reminisce about the ’90s without discussing grunge. This oral history is drawn from over 250 interviews with musicians, industry players, and fans who were on the scene. Yarm’s book captures the ’90s era of alternative rock that Seattle is known for. Interviewees tell previously untold stories of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and many other bands, along with never-before-published photographs.
The Totally Sweet 90s
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
For nostalgia about the most fleeting and the most enduring of ’90s trends, look no further than this encyclopedia of ephemera. Reminisce about the Macarena, Beanie Babies, the Oregon Trail, Kris Kross, hair scrunchies, and Surge. You might find that you’ve forgotten about a few of the trends and toys that defined this era, so treat yourself to some random trivia and remember just how totally sweet the ’90s were.
From spaghetti straps to furbies and Jennifer Aniston to Nirvana, the ’90s were a special decade. Some of those trends are coming back and some (like investing in Beanie Babies) will stay firmly in the past.
These ’90s books are perfect for those who want to take a trip back in time, to a simpler time before smartphones and social media, when friends called or dropped by the house instead of texting, and dating happened without the apps.
Featured image: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Amber Thiessen in Saved by the Bell (1989)