Talking Points for 1995

Wifi JokeAmong the charming allure of “The Elephant House” coffee shop in Edinburgh, Scotland – known as the “Birthplace of Harry Potter” – is this refreshingly simple sign that encourages us to put down our phones, close our laptops, remove our headphones and…TALK!

If we were to “pretend it’s 1995”, here are a few “talking points”:

1995 New York Times Top Fiction Books (in no particular order):

Five Days in Paris by Danille Steel

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

The Children’s Book of Virtures by William J. Bennett

1995 New York Times Top Non-Fiction Books (in no particular order):

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald

The Road Ahead by Bill Gates with Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Rinearson

My American Journey by Colin Powell

Charles Kuralt’s America by Charles Kuralt

A Simple Path by Mother Teresa

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Martha Stewart Cookbook by Martha Stewart

David Letterman’s Book of Top Ten Lists by David Letterman

The Moral Compass by William J. Bennett

My Point….And I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres

1995 Top Movies (in no particular order):

Braveheart – Mel Gibson

Toy Story – Tim Allen and Tom Hanks

Usual Suspects – Kevin Spacey

Apollo 13 – Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon

Casino – Robert DiNero, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone

Dead Man Walking – Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn

Sense & Sensibility – Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet

While You Were Sleeping – Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman

American President – Annette Bening, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfus, Michael J. Fox

Crimson Tide – Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, James Gandolfini

Leaving Las Vegas – Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue

Se7en – Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow

1995 Some Top Albums (in no particular order)

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon

Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked

The Beatles – Anthology 1

Live – Throwing Copper

Garth Brooks – The Hits

Mariah Carey – Daydream

Oasis – What’s the Story Morning

The Rolling Stones – Stripped

Enya – The Memory of Trees

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