WORCESTER – Maybe some of them are on your shelves?
The Worcester Public Library has released its 2021 list of the most viewed books for adults.
“We have created this list based on the circulation statistics of books belonging to all branches of the Worcester Public Library. Public library.
Below are 10 of the books found on the list, with the others viewable by visiting the Wowbrary website.
The four winds: a novel by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds, by New York Times # 1 bestselling author Kristin Hannah, is an epic novel of love, heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of the most defining eras of America: The Great Depression.
Texas, 1934. Millions of people are out of work and a drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are struggling to conserve their land and their livelihoods. The crops fail, the water dries up and dust threatens to bury them all.
The invisible life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
France, 1714: in a moment of despair, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Anxious people: a novel by Frederik Backman
From The New York Times No.1 bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “Writer of Amazing Depth” (The Washington Times), here’s a hilarious, clever, and heartfelt novel that follows a potential bank robber who locks himself up with eight neurotics. strangers at an open house – and they find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Visiting an apartment doesn’t normally turn into a life and death situation, but this particular open house quickly becomes one when a bankrupt bank robber breaks in and immediately takes everyone in the apartment hostage.
Klara and the sun: a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun is a beautiful new novel by Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Never Let Me Go and Booker Prize winner The Remains of the Day.
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, tells the story of Klara, an artificial friend with excellent observational skills, who from her place in the store , carefully monitor the behavior of those who enter to graze, and those who pass in the street outside.
A promised land by Barack Obama
A gripping and deeply personal account of the history in the making, of the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy
In the touching and long-awaited first volume of his presidential memoir, Barack Obama tells the story of his unlikely young man’s odyssey in search of his identity as leader of the free world, describing in surprisingly personal detail both his political upbringing and the defining moments of his historic first term as President, a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Hail Mary project by Andy Weir
A lone astronaut must save earth from disaster in this incredible new science thriller from New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor of a desperate last-ditch mission – and if it fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that at the moment, he doesn’t know. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he’s been sleeping for a long, long time.
Ocean Prey by John Sandford
Fan-favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime affair in the remarkable new novel from New York Times # 1 bestselling author John Sandford.
A coast guard on leave is fishing with his family when he calls suspicious behavior from a nearby boat. It’s sleek, slick, and loaded with extra power, and it spins until it slows down to pick up a diver on the surface. . . a diver who was apparently alone, without his own boat, in the middle of the ocean.
21st Birthday (Female Murder Club, 21) by James Patterson
Lindsay swears to protect a twenty-year-old victim long enough to see her twenty-first birthday.
SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer has vowed to defend herself against all enemies, foreign and domestic. As Lindsay prepares to celebrate her own daughter’s birthday, she runs into rising chef Charlie Clapper over a family affair.
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
# 1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking real events, the story of a love triangle unfolding in the heart of Rome … in the creeping shadow of fascism.
What war destroys, only love can heal.
Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro grow up as best friends despite their differences.
The book of two paths: a novel by Jodi Picoult
From the New York Times’ # 1 bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a compelling novel about the choices that change the course of our lives.
Everything changes in an instant for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: be prepared for a forced landing. She prepares as thoughts pass through her mind.
Overall, Joy Hennig, genealogy and local history librarian at the library, was not surprised by most of the titles on the list.
She was “happy to see the works of the two Obamas, the panoramic novel by Maggie Shipstead, the Large Circle, and that of Maggie O’Farrell Hamnet included, ”Hennig said.
One title she was surprised to see was Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, which she said was a “majestic work on racism in America”.
“Although maybe I shouldn’t have received the many rave reviews the book received,” Hennig said. “Also surprising? That of Walter Issacson Descrambler which presents the groundbreaking work of scientist Jennifer Doudna on genetic engineering. “
She said it was great to see readers tackling “books that deal with difficult subjects.”
Be sure to check out other books recommended by Worcester Public Library staff.