From the Times Book Review section today- an Oldie (but Goodie?) list. Not sure about the Goodie part. I remember them from my parents' bookcases. And from old movies made from a few.
Fiction- on the list published on May 3, 1959:
1) “Doctor Zhivago,” by Boris Pasternak.
2) “Exodus,” by Leon Uris.
3) “The Ugly American,” by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick.
4) “Lolita,” by Vladimir Nabokov.
5) “Dear and Glorious Physician,” by Taylor Caldwell.