This year's most popular book with Duxbury readers will not surprise anyone who visited Duxbury Library this summer - "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Mr. Towles was Duxbury's Friends of the Library featured event in August and he gave an informative and entertaining book talk to a sold out crowd. It was my favorite historical fiction book of the year.
The 2017 Top 10 Adult Books (combining hardcover, paperback, and large print) Checked Out in Duxbury were ..... "drumroll please"
- "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles:
- "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman: This book is a surprising delight for readers. Focused on an bitter curmudgeon who endears you through his story and his relationships while demonstrating a great deal of kindness and love. Fredrik Backman's other books, such as, "Beartown", are quickly becoming equally as popular.
- "Into The Water" by Paula Hawkens: Goodreads Reader's Choice award winner for Mystery. One reviewer reported "This book keeps the reader off balance". It is nothing like the other popular thriller by this author, "The Girl on the Train", but it has definitely sparked our interest with its popularity amongst readers.
- "Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back by Marianne Leone":Local author and actress Marianne Leone shares her memoir full of wit and humor. This was another popular and well received Bookbreeze author talk this summer.
- "Hillbilly Elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis" by J.D. Vance: 51 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, this timely book by the author offers a part memoir of his experience growing up in a poor Appalachian town and an analysis pertaining to our current political climate of the struggles of the people who live and work there. This book has remained popular with Duxbury readers through the start of 2018.
- "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult: This popular author tackles the difficult subject of race through a story of a nurse who is asked not to treat a child by the parents based on her race, but she is placed in a medical situation that demands her action. Jodi Picoult shares, "It's really about these three characters facing their own beliefs about privilege, power and race. Hopefully their journey will encourage readers to do the same".
- "A Piece of This World" by Christina Baker Kline: Another popular read by the author of "Orphan Train", this book set in Maine and inspired by the story of the girl in the Andrew Wythe painting "Christina's World".
- "The Dinner" by Herman Koch: We have heard readers either absolutely love or hate this book filled with tension and reportedly unlikeable characters. Obviously quite popular so I recommend the read before you watch the movie. I've kept it on my list of books to read.
- "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout: This is another author that continues to be popular with Duxbury readers. This book catches up after a decade with the character Lucy Barton in her previous book "My Name is Lucy Barton".
We encourage you to visit us periodically and check out our different book displays highlighting popular authors, new books, and books that are popular with our staff and patrons. Often new and popular books have long waitlists so, while you are waiting for a requested book, come in and browse other books by the author or ask the us at the circulation desk for recommendations based on books you have previously enjoyed reading.
Here's to more great reading selections in 2018!