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The data is in and Nora Roberts’ Angel’s Fall tops the list of most popular books at Tazewell County Public Library during the 2007-08 fiscal year.  Roberts’ book was borrowed 66 times.

Judge & Jury by James Patterson comes in at 2d place with 63 circulations.  The prolific Patterson has two other titles in the Top Ten Fiction list: Cross, tied for 4th place, and Honeymoon, tied for 9th place.

Sandra Brown’s Ricochet was the 3d most borrowed novel.  Tied for 4th place are At Risk by Patricia Cornwell, Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich, Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels’ and Patterson’s Cross.

At 5th place are Iris Johansen’s Killer Dreams and Nicholas Sparks’ Dear John.  Crisis by Robin Cook is at 6th place, followed by Mary Higgins Clark’s Two Little Girls in Blue at 7th.

Tied for 8th are Johanna Lindsey’s Captive of My Desires, Elizabeth Lowell’s Wrong Hostage, and Stuart Woods’ Short Straw.

In addition to Patterson’s Honeymoon, three other books share the 9th spot: True Evil by Greg Iles, Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber, and H. R. H. by Danielle Steel.

And 10th, but not least, is a local star, Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.

Among adult nonfiction, the most frequently borrowed books are those on history with a local or regional emphasis, true crime, cookbooks, the environment, dogs, health, and home.  At the top of the list is a standard work of local history, Louise Leslie’s Tazewell County, originally published in 1980, with 59 circulations.

Second to Leslie is John Grisham, another Virginia writer, with Innocent Man: murder and injustice in a small town, borrowed 40 times.

Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls’ fascinating memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family, who lived in Welch for several years, was the third most popular title.

At 4th place is James Horn’s interesting history, A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America, published for the 400th anniversary observance of the English arrival at Jamestown.  Horn spoke at the library in 2007.

Two cookbooks occupy 5th and 6th places: Family Collection Cookbook published by Readers Digest and Pillsbury’s Best of the Bake-off Cookbook.

Tied for 7th place is Louise Leslie and Terry Mullins’ collaboration on the Tazewell County story told in postcard photographs, published by Arcadia, and the Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book.

At 8th place are Al Gore’s important An Inconvenient Truth and William M. Kelso’s Jamestown the Buried Truth, about recent archaeological discoveries there.

The Original Dog Bible by Kristin Mehus-Roe, an outstanding collection of information and advice on dogs and their care, and Bicentennial Album of Tazewell County, Virginia, another outstanding collection of photographs published by the Tazewell County Historical Society, are tied at 9th place.

Sharing 10th place are Michael F. Roizen’s popular You—the Owner’s Manual, a general health guide, Stanley Coren’s How Dogs Think: what the world looks like to them (wouldn’t we love to know the answer to this?), and Jamie Novak’s 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets.  Sounds like a winner.  If you have not already considered these titles, check them out at the library.  They are all winners with our readers!

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