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Books Set in the 1990s

Whether you found this post searching for the best books set in the 1990s or you’re participating in our Decades Challenge, we hope you’ll find many books for your TBR list as you read our recommendations.

Our recommendations provide a look back at this decade and include some of the best books set in the 1990s. They examine everything from small-town life to British aristocracy and from pop culture to serious social issues.

The Nineties – Prosperity & Technology

The 1990s are primarily remembered as a decade of prosperity in the United States. The economy was growing quickly, the unemployment rate was low, and the US budget had a surplus for the first time in 30 years. But the Nineties also put a national spotlight on many issues that we are still grappling with today. This includes domestic terrorism, mass shootings, and climate change.

New technology in the 1990s, including the World Wide Web (limited to dial-up connections), led to a rise in multiculturalism and alternative media. Culturally, the decade was ushered in by a rise of grunge music, and all things alternative counterculture soon went mainstream. However, despite this move to the Alternative, “Must See TV” laugh-track sitcoms, like Friends, still ruled the airwaves.

For additional historical context, check out the timeline of major world events included at the end of the post.

The Best 90s Books

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April has a rough life, fending for herself in a motorless motorhome that her father won while playing poker. She works at a diner but dreams of being a songwriter. After flunking out of school and another fight with her dad, April sets off to find a better life for herself.

Along the way, she meets others with complex stories, which are the perfect inspiration for her songs. But even more important than that, she finds that family doesn’t have to mean the community you were born into. Instead, people you meet can become family.

The Book Girls Say…

While this book has very high ratings overall, many refer to it as slow-paced, and April’s character isn’t overly likable in the first half. If you dislike character-driven plots, you might not love this as much as others do.

Cover of the book Lucky Girl by Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu with a red background and white letters and large yellow lemons with teal leaves across the top

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Soila was widely considered a lucky girl as she grew up in a protected life in Nairobi with a stern mother. However, her outspoken nature means she often butts heads with her mom and the strict rules of the household. After an assault by a trusted family friend, she flees to New York City for college.

However, NYC in the 1990s is not what Soila expected. While she’s always believed America was the land of golden opportunity, she’s shocked by the disparity between her wealthy classmates and the poverty in the streets. Then, she befriends a Black American, and she’s shocked by the racism she had endured in the States. As she was raised in Kenya, she never had to consider the legacy slavery left behind in the United States.

Soila also falls in love with a free-spirited artist she knows her mother would disapprove of. Is it time to follow her heart or honor her family & Kenyan identity?

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100% Would Recommend to a Friend

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It’s 1913, and Laura’s husband is the superintendent of the NY Public Library. The job comes with an apartment in the grand building for the couple and their two children. Laura seems to have it all, but after she enters journalism school at Columbia and has her worldview rocked, she starts to question if the things she has are the things she wants.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie landed her dream job as a curator at the NY Public Library, but her grandmother Laura’s legacy looms over her until she can no longer ignore it.

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Fiona Davis is one of our favorite historical fiction writers because of her strong female characters. Her novels are each set in a famous NYC building and combine history, a little romance, and a mystery.

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93% Would Recommend to a Friend

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As a tennis star, Carrie Soto shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. She retired in 1988 at the top of her game, after decades of sacrifice. Now, in 1994, she’s just witnessed Nicki Chan take her record at the US Open.

At 37, Carrie decides to come back to tennis for one year in an attempt to regain her record. As she has been since she was only 2, she’ll be coached by her father, Javier. Her body doesn’t move as quickly now, but her brutal competitiveness is just as strong. She’s even willing to train with the man she almost let into her hardened heart years ago, Bowe.

While the book does have a strong emphasis on tennis, it also deals heavily with Carrie’s relationships, especially the one with her father/coach.

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If you read Malibu Rising, you might recognize the name Carrie Soto. She’s the woman that Nina’s husband left her for. So, as you might guess from her history as ‘the other woman,’ she isn’t the most likable character.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

98% Would Recommend to a Friend

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Born a Crime is the true story of Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s childhood and early adulthood. His rise to success was unlikely based on his beginning. Trevor was born in South Africa in 1984 to a white father and a Black mother. His parents could have been imprisoned for five years – or worse – for conceiving him. He spent his early years largely hidden from life outside because his mother feared (with good reason) that he could be removed from her custody because of the apartheid rules of segregation.

When the era of white rule officially ended in the early 1990s, the family’s troubles evolved with the times. From attempted kidnappings and domestic violence to high school dating, you’ll find a mixture of relatable and shocking stories that keep you engaged with every page.

The Book Girls Say…

In true Trevor Noah fashion, you’ll be entertained while also receiving an education on life in apartheid South Africa. You will laugh and cry as you listen to him narrate his own poignant and honest stories.

We highly recommend listening to the audiobook, which Trevor narrates himself. Trevor speaks eight languages and draws upon each of them throughout the book to explain how languages can divide people, but can also be used to build bridges. We found it much more impactful to hear him speak each language with the correct sounds and pronunciations, rather than attempting our own phonetic reading.

There is also a young reader edition of Born a Crime; however, it’s not available in audio format.

Book Summary

Writers & Lovers is a classic coming-of-age book about the struggle of an in-debt 31-year-old. She works as a waitress to pay the bills while trying not to give up her bigger dream of writing a novel.

We thought it was the perfect mix of literary fiction and reality TV as the book follows the main character through every aspect of her daily life.

The Book Girls Say…

After reading so many reviews from people who found this book boring, we went in skeptical, but we both fell in love with Writers and Lovers. Specifically, we think fans of the movie Reality Bites will enjoy this book!

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

93% Would Recommend to a Friend

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After years of struggling to make it as a writer, James has finally sold his first book – a semi-autobiographical novel about his dysfunctional relationship with his mother. He’s shocked to find out that the editor who has purchased his book is none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

After an embarrassing initial meeting, James and Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known around the office, form an unexpected friendship. By the time his book is finally published, his relationship with his editor has changed him as a writer and as a son.

The Book Girls Say…

It can be tricky to write historical fiction in which one of the main characters is such a famous, real-life person. But Steven Rowley did a fantastic job portraying Jackie O as a private and professional woman full of heart.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

92% Would Recommend to a Friend

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In the Shaker Heights suburb of Ohio, the life of the picture-perfect Richardson family becomes intertwined with the lives of Mia and her daughter Pearl, who rent a house from the Richardsons when they arrive in town.

All four of the Richardson children befriend Pearl and are drawn in by artist Mia. As their relationships become more intertwined, the bonds that tie them will ultimately unravel both families.

This story is about complex family dynamics, small-town politics, and white privilege. When a local family decides to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle divides the town, with Mrs. Richardson and Mia on opposite sides. Mrs. Richardson becomes suspicious of Mia’s motives and digs into her past. The secrets she uncovers will change everything.

The Book Girls Say…

We both enjoyed this book and felt it did a great job capturing suburban life in the 90s. This book has also now been turned into a Hulu mini-series by Reese Witherspoon.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

100% Would Recommend to a Friend

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On the morning of Alice’s 40th birthday, she wakes up in 1996, which was the year she turned 16. Having her adolescent body and seeing her high school crush are both surprising, but being reunited with her 40-something father is the biggest shock. He’s so charming and healthy, unlike his ailing 64-year-old body she’s used to.

With 24 years of extra life experience in her brain, Alice has a brand new perspective on events from the past. Her life at 40 isn’t bad. She likes her job, apartment, romantic status, and long-time best friend. So, should she try to change anything while she’s in the past?

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Kenyatta Bernice (KB) is almost 11 when her life is turned upside down. First, her father died of an overdose. Then, the debts caused by his addiction led to the loss of the family home. KB’s overwhelmed mother decides to send KB and her teen sister Nina to live with their estranged (and grumpy) grandfather in Lansing. The book follows KB over that summer as she comes of age in a neighborhood that isn’t hers. In addition to typical adolescent experiences, she’s dealing with resentment, abandonment, and loneliness. However, she finds herself escaping to the outdoors and into her favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, to help her figure out how to put the pieces of life back together into a better version of herself.

The Book Girls Say…

While this is adult fiction, some say it reads more like a YA novel. Others say it’s perfect for fans of Jesmyn Ward.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

92% Would Recommend to a Friend

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Ashley Bennett grew up in LA in a wealthy and prominent family. She’s leading a charmed life where her senior year is split between the classroom and the beach.

Everything changes on an April afternoon when four LAPD officers are acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. As LA erupts in violent riots around her, Ashley tries to continue with her normal life, but she’s no longer just a teenager – now she’s a “black kid.”

The Book Girls Say…

This book is perfect for fans of Angie Thomas’ The Hate You Give, which is set in the 2010s.

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96% Would Recommend to a Friend

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Lillian and Madison were boarding school roommates and friends from very different backgrounds. However, they’ve barely spoken since a scandal forced Lillian to leave school.

A decade later, Lillian’s life is not on the track she’d imagined for herself, so when she receives a call from Madison asking her to help care for Madison’s twin step-children who are moving in, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose.

But there is a catch: both kids spontaneously burst into flames when they are agitated. Madison needs to keep this fact somehow a secret while her husband runs for public office. Despite knowing nothing about raising kids, Lillian agrees to take on the role, and throughout one summer, she and the kids learn together how to keep their cool – literally. It may even prove to be the start of a whole new life for Lillian.

The Book Girls Say…

We were both very skeptical about the premise of this book, but it’s an excellent and worthwhile short read! While the concept of children who catch fire makes it sound like this book is HEAVY on magical realism, it’s actually the only unusual element and serves as a great metaphor throughout the novel.
Some of our readers for the Lifetime Challenge did not enjoy that there is adult language in the book, so if you never enjoy books with curse words, skip this one.

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92% Would Recommend to a Friend

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The 1990s: Betty gave up a lot – universities, parties, boyfriends, and summer jobs – to care for her grandmother, Arlette. Arlette lives in a dilapidated yet charming, home on the British isle of Guernsey. When her grandmother passes away, Betty discovers that the will includes a beneficiary named Clara, whom no one in the family knows. So Betty travels to London to seek out Clara.

The 1920s: In the years after WW1, Arlette is starting a new life in bohemian London when she gets drawn into the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People. A couple of years later, tragedy strikes and Arlette flees back to her home in Guernsey for good.

This rich detective story will transport you to London in both the 1920s and 1990s. As Betty investigates her grandmother’s life, she’ll uncover secrets that might also help her find happiness in her own life.

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This is a coming-of-age novel about Triinu Hoffman, a young woman growing up in rural Oregon. Shy and intellectual, Triinu is already bullied and doesn’t fit it – and that’s before she begins coming to terms with her sexuality.

Her personal realizations are set against the backdrop of the gay rights struggles in 1990s Oregon, where most people in her hometown are fighting for anti-gay legislation.

The Book Girls Say…

Although this a YA novel, reviewers say that its well-developed characters and the depth of its compassion and social commentary make it an excellent read for adults. It’s described as a story where not much happens, and yet everything happens.

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As a young attorney in Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office dedicated to helping poor, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned defendants.

One of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a young Black man who was wrongly convicted of the murder of a young white woman. He was sentenced to death despite the consistent declaration of his innocence.

The Book Girls Say…

We both have this non-fiction read high on our list, and we’re considering the audio version since it’s narrated by the author/attorney, Bryan Stevenson. Readers say he does a fabulous job!

There is also a movie based on the book that we highly recommend.

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Even as a child in 1910, Sara recognized that she was a gifted Jewish matchmaker and a seeker of soulmates. But on New York’s Lower East Side, this profession is dominated by devout older men who see a talented woman as a threat to their traditions and livelihood.

Two generations later, Abby is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney with some of the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals in which Sara recorded details of her matches. The pages seem to provide Abby with more questions than answers – including why the work she once found so compelling suddenly feels inconsequential and flawed.

The Book Girls Say…

When we saw this novel described as “a captivating, exhilarating, feel-good, heartwarming, and magical historical fiction with loveliest characters,” we immediately added it to our TBRs.

Cover of the book The Nineties; black text on a white background with a corded phone from the 1990s in the center of the cover

Book Summary

The nineties don’t feel that long ago to us, but math (and technology) say otherwise. This book provides an insightful and humorous examination of this decade, from TV, music, and sports to politics, race, and class. He makes smart observations about the dramatic shifts that occurred in just ten short years and how those shifts set the stage for the 21st century.

The Book Girls Say…

This pop-culture non-fiction was the Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Humor in 2022.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

100% Would Recommend to a Friend

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Bridget chronicles her daily successes and (more often) her perceived failures in her determined quest for self-improvement. She’s convinced she’ll finally be happy if she can lose 7 pounds, stop smoking, develop a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program her VCR.

Her diary entries are “devastatingly self-aware” and laugh-out-loud funny!

The Book Girls Say…

You may be familiar with the movie, but the book is what started it all, and it’s the perfect read if you are in the mood for something light and humorous with a whole lot of heart. If you enjoy Bridget’s adventures, there are three more books in the series.

This book is very reflective of the 1990s obsession with dieting and weight loss. While much of it is tongue-in-cheek humor, beyond the surface, it’s an interesting comparison to the more body-positive books we see in 2023.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

100% Would Recommend to a Friend

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It’s Lincoln O’Neill’s job to read other people’s email. He thought his role as “internet security officer” would be more glamorous – building firewalls and crushing hackers. Instead, he spends his days reading his coworkers’ emails and writing a report each time someone forwards a dirty joke.

Everyone in the office knows someone is reading their emails (it’s company policy), but that doesn’t stop them. Beth and Jennifer send each other endless emails containing all the details of their personal lives. Lincoln knows he should report them, but instead, he finds himself enjoying their stories and, worst of all, falling in love.

This book will transport you back to the 1990s when email was new in the business world, Y2K was a significant fear, and before internet dating was a thing.

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Kailey is determined to understand how her former love, Cade, a Seattle music producer, has wound up homeless on the streets of Seattle and to help him get his life back on track.

Back in the ‘90s, Kailey and Cade fell in love, and she was convinced they’d spend their lives together. But when their romance ended suddenly, it took her years to get over him and find someone else. Then one night, after enjoying a fancy dinner out with that someone else – her fiance, Ryan – Kailey notices a homeless man outside the restaurant.

When she looks past his frail frame and bearded face, she is shocked to recognize that the homeless man is Cade. Kailey is determined to find out what happened to him and help, but the longer she keeps this secret from Ryan, the more complicated things become.

This story alternates between the 1990s and the 2010s.

The Book Girls Say…

This story places you squarely in the coffee houses and clubs of the 90’s music scene in Seattle. It’s filled with lots of nostalgia for the era.

We enjoy Sarah Jio’s writing because she does a good job of weaving threads of romance in with heavier topics. Her books are easy to read while giving you something to think about. Angela found this book compelling because it challenges your perceptions of how and why people end up on the streets.

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Book Summary

No show better defines the 1990s than Friends, which premiered in 1994. While this show is one of the most iconic television comedies, critics argue that it contains dated and problematic elements.

Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller provides an in-depth look at how Friends became such an unexpected sensation, explores its impact on pop culture, and sheds light on some of the social issues raised during its decade-long run.

The Book Girls Say…

We’ve always prided ourselves on being able to win any game of Friends trivia, but it turns out that there’s a lot behind the scenes that we didn’t know about. I’ll Be There For You is both a celebration of what made Friends so much fun, as well as an examination of its shortfalls. The author takes a fair and balanced approach that gives the book depth, while still allowing you to enjoy the nostalgia.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

80% Would Recommend to a Friend

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Set in the fictional eastern high plains town of Holt, Colorado, this novel centers around several different characters that span four generations in a small town. A high school teacher is raising his two sons alone after their mother leaves. A pregnant teenage girl has been evicted by her mother. And two elderly bachelor brothers live together out in the country, continuing to work their family homestead.

The Book Girls Say…

A decade ago, at the Denver Center Theater Company, Angela saw the premier of the very moving play that was developed from this novel, and she’s wanted to read the book ever since. However, some people are turned off by the lack of quotation marks. Others note there are some explicit scenes and language.

This is the first in a series of three, so keep in mind that not every issue in the book is resolved in this book.

Cover of the book Throwback by Maurene Goo with a mother and daughter mirror imaged at the top and bottom of the cover, one in 90s fashion and the other in 2020s fashion

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Samantha Kang has never gotten along with her first-generation Asian American mother, Priscilla. And she’s definitely never understood her mom’s John Hughes-inspired expectation of the high school experience. 

After a huge mother-daughter fight, Sam just wants to move forward, but instead, she finds herself sent back in time to the 1990s to help 17-year-old Priscilla become Homecoming Queen. This Gen Z girl quickly adapts to the 90s fashion, but adapting to an analog world is a totally different story. She’s baffled by everything from the microfiche to the casual racism and misogyny. Most confusing is that all of a sudden, Priscilla seems like someone she might actually want to be friends with.

The Book Girls Say…

This YA novel is described as Back to the Future-esque time travel meets the intergenerational immigrant experience of The Joy Luck Club. It’s filled with 90s nostalgia for those of us who remember the decade well. But it also has just enough heart and depth to balance out the comedy and YA romance.

Book Summary

In this memoir, Liz Murray shares the story of her challenging upbringing as a child of drug-addicted parents.

Liz was frequently taunted for her dirty clothes and lice-infested hair. She began skipping classes and eventually landed in a girls’ home before living on the streets at the age of 15. She finally decided to take control of her destiny and went back to high school. She finished in just two years while studying in subway stations and riding trains all night for warmth and shelter. Against all odds, she won a scholarship and found her way to the Ivy League.

The Book Girls Say…

Angela read this inspiring memoir years ago after hearing Liz as the keynote speaker at an event she attended. It’s perfect for fans of The Glass Castle.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

96% Would Recommend to a Friend

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Food blogger Anna Matthews takes a vitamin supplement that transports her back in time and back into her 16-year-old body, but just for twelve hours at a time. After getting over the initial shock, she takes advantage of the opportunity. Her husband has always been unwilling to talk about his past, so she decides to track him down in 1996, but her actions may have some unexpected and heartbreaking consequences.

The Book Girls Say…

If you enjoy all the 90s nostalgia in this breezy time travel novel, you’ll also want to check out the sequels, 1997 and 1998.

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Green book cover with flowers around the edges and the title The Bellbird River Country Choir in large light yellow letters

Book Summary

Teacher and single mum Alex has just moved to the small town of Bellbird River in New South Wales to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney with her 11-year-old daughter. The heart of her new town is the Bellbird River Choir.

This novel follows the friendships of the choir members, including another town newcomer, the town matriarch, her cousin, and the local baker. Each woman has challenges in their past or present, and you’ll see how they move forward together over twelve months in 1998.

The Book Girls Say…

Music lovers will enjoy the healing power of singing demonstrated throughout this poignant and funny read.

Cover of the book Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan with the title in big, bold yellow letters over a photograph of Harlem

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In Harlem, eight-year-old Malaya loves to paint and enjoy street food with her father but hates that her mom keeps dragging her to Weight Watchers meetings. She’s also exhausted by the pressures of her Upper East Side prep school, which is predominantly white.

As Malaya comes of age in the 1990s, her weight continues to increase. But then a family tragedy shatters her inherited stigmas of what her body should look like.

The Book Girls Say…

Readers say this character-driven book is rich with 1990s nostalgia, especially around the hip-hop music scene.

Book Summary

This fun non-fiction option written by a Bustle editor looks back at the 80s & 90s pre-teen fiction craze. Broken into six themed chapters – Friendship, Love, School, Family, Jobs, Terror, and Tragedy – this 256-page book examines the history of the genre and the stories behind the most popular series.

If you raced through the pages of books like Sweet Valley High and Babysitters’ Club, this is a fun look back at the era and their role in society.

The Book Girls Say…

The tone in this book is often a sarcastic view of this time and book genre, so if that doesn’t appeal to you or you aren’t already familiar with the book titles mentioned, you probably wouldn’t enjoy this read.

As of 9/4/23, this book is included with an Audible membership at no extra charge.

Book Girls’ Readers Rate This Book

100% Would Recommend to a Friend

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When journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer stood at the summit of Mt. Everest in 1996, he had no idea that a “murderous storm” was headed for the mountain. In this bestselling non-fiction title, he provides an epic and guilt-ridden account of the disaster that would ultimately claim five lives.

The book follows Krakauer’s entire journey, including how he paid for the expensive climb, the preparations required, and his step-by-step quest to the summit. Additionally, you’ll learn about the local sherpas and how they are impacted both positively and negatively by the influx of climbers each year.

The Book Girls Say…

Angela read this book twice in college, once for a management class and then again for a leadership class. It reads more like a novel than a documentary, but beyond the story of storm and disaster, it’s also filled with powerful insights about decision-making and team dynamics.

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Books Set in Asia: Southern Countries

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Major World Events of the 1990s

We compiled this list of major events of the time period to provide some historical context for your reading. We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about this period in history.

  • In February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison in South Africa. In 1991, President F.W. de Klerk and Mandela began working together to end apartheid and establish a democratic government for South Africa. In 1993, the pair won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work. In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the President of South Africa.
  • Art thieves stole 13 works of art from the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston in March 1990. The museum continues to actively investigate the theft, working in partnership with the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office. A $10 million reward is offered for information leading directly to the recovery of the art.
  • The official demolition of the Berlin Wall began in June of 1990 and was completed two years later.
  • The Gulf War began in August of 1990. The combat phase, known as Operation Desert Storm, began on January 17, 1991. The war, in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, ended 43 days later on February 28, 1991.
  • The inventor of the World Wide Web published his formal proposal in 1990. By 1991, the Internet became available for unrestricted commercial use.
  • The Soviet Union took the first official steps to break up the U.S.S.R. in September 1991. By the end of 1991, the dissolution was effective, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.
  • Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in July 1991 after the remains of 11 men and boys were found in his apartment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His murders spanned 1978 to 1991.
  • In 1992, violent riots broke out in Los Angeles after four white officers were acquitted in the beating black motorist Rodney King, despite the brutality being captured on video.
  • The European Union was created in 1992. The Euro began circulation as the official currency of the EU in 1999.
  • Bill Clinton was elected as the 42nd President of the United States in 1992 and reelected in 1996. However, following revelations about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, in late 1998, Clinton became only the second US president to be impeached. He was charged with lying under oath and obstruction of justice. Clinton was ultimately acquitted by the Senate and finished his second term in office.
  • The Real World premiered on MTV in 1992, launching the modern reality TV genre.
  • In 1993, the government raided the compound of a Christian cult, the Branch Davidians. The Waco Siege led to a 51-day standoff that ended in April when fires consumed the compound, leaving 75 people dead, including 25 children.
  • In 1994, Genocide and Civil War took place in Rwanda, with an estimated 500,000+ people killed.
  • Tonya Harding was stripped of her national figure skating championship title in 1994 because of her role in the attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan.
  • The Channel Tunnel (the “Chunnel”), an underwater train tunnel, was completed in 1994. It created the only fixed link between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
  • On the evening of Friday, June 17, 1994, 95 million people were glued to their TVs watching as O.J. Simpson led police on an hour-long, 60-mile “slow-speed chase” in his white Bronco down southern California’s freeways. In 1995, after a trial that lasted more than 8 months, Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. Two years later, he was found guilty in a civil trial.
  • The television show Friends premiered on NBC in September of 1994 and ran for ten seasons.
  • In April of 1995, two anti-government militants detonated a truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. 168 people, including children in daycare, were killed, and many more were injured. The Oklahoma City bombing was the deadliest domestic-based terrorist attack in US history.
  • A bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, killed two and injured more than 100.
  • For two decades, the “Unabomber,” Harvard graduate Ted Kaczynski, terrorized the country with a series of mail bombs before being arrested in 1996.
  • Princess Diana and Prince Charles got divorced in August 1996. A year later, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Her funeral was watched by 1.5 billion people around the world.
  • Dolly the sheep, the first successfully cloned mammal, was unveiled by scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland in 1997.
  • On April 20, 1999, two students of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, opened fire on their teachers and classmates. Twelve students and a teacher before the gunmen took their own lives.
  • Throughout the end of the decade, Y2K anxiety grew as people feared that computer systems would shut down when the two-digit year changed from 99 to 00. Companies and governments spent millions in preparation, and ultimately, the new millennium dawned without incident.

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