Top Local Library Books of 2012

Staff for the Narberth and Lower Merion library systems talked with Patch.

Lower Merion and Narberth library patrons in 2012 gravitated toward a variety of books: biographies and autobiographies, romances and thrillers.

Narberth librarian Janine Waters told Patch the four most popular books/book series there for this past year (links are to Amazon.com profiles):

  1. 50 Shades of Gray, E.L. James
  2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  3. The works of Jodi Picoult
  4. The works of James Patterson

For the Lower Merion Library System, technology assistant Amy Wall reported the 10 biggest fiction titles and 10 biggest non-fiction titles:


  1. The Hunter, John Lescroart
  2. Victims, Jonathan Kellerman
  3. Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer
  4. Save Me, Lisa Scottoline
  5. Zero Day, David Baldacci
  6. The Affair, Lee Child
  7. Then Came You, Jennifer Weiner
  8. Believing the Lie, Elizabeth George
  9. The Litigators, John Grisham
  10. “V” is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton


  1. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  2. In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
  3. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
  4. Bossypants, Tina Fey
  5. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  6. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  7. Unorthodox: the Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, Deborah Feldman
  8. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Erik Larson
  9. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert  K. Massie
  10. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, Anna Quindlen

Which of these have you read, and what did you think? Tell us in the comments.



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