Number one in 2021: historical novel most borrowed at library

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Ambassador’s Daughter was the number one borrowed novel from the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library in 2021.

It is historical fiction set in Paris in 1919 written by Pam Jenoff.

The overview on the author’s website says, “The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.

“Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.”

This is the third year in a row that The Leader has looked at the ‘most circulated’ books from the local library.

The Ambassador’s Daughter was published in 2019. This is much newer than the 2019 top book, Memories of Ice by Steven Erickson, published in 2001. But the same gap as the 2020 top novel pick which was Kudos by Rachel Cusk, published in 2018.

The ‘most circulated’ books don’t tell the whole story, as library patrons also get books and DVDs using inter-library loans from other libraries, Slave Lake librarian Kendra McRee told The Leader in 2019. This means that the most popular book might be something else.

However, the lists are still interesting.

The top nonfiction book in 2021 was A Manual of Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture – Joseph Y. Wong. The most circulated DVD was Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Complete Series.

The biggest difference between the last three years was in 2021 the majority of the DVDs were regular TV shows. In 2019 and 2020, kids movies dominated, but they weren’t to be seen in 2021. There were only two movies on the list in 2021. These were Hidden Figures (2016) and Great Expectations (1946).

There was a bit of overlap between the fiction lists over the three years, but not the other two.

In fiction, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig was second in 2021 and seventh in 2019. Also, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman was number nine in 2021 and number three in 2019.

The rest of the list:
Fiction: How to Stop Time – Matt Haig; The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien; With All of My Heart Romance Collection; The Power of the Dog – Thomas Savage; The Eighth Detective – Alex Pavesi; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid; 31 Dream Street – Lisa Jewell; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman; and Gallows View – Peter Robinson.
Nonfiction: Natural Childbirth: The Bradley Way – Susan McCutcheon; Dog Training for Dummies – Jack Volhard; The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz; Intermediate Accounting Volume 1 – Donald Kieso; Intermediate Accounting Volume 2 – Donald Kieso; Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have to – David Sinclair; Homeschool Your Child For Free – Joan M. Zielinski; Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever Changing Brain – David Eagleman; and MacMillan Teach Yourself Spanish in 24 Hours – Clark M. Zlotchew
DVDs: Call The Midwife Season 7; Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Volumes 1 & 2; Miami Vice Season 1; Abbot and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection; Columbo: The Complete Series; CSI Miami Season 9; Great Expectations; Hidden Figures; and Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series.

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