Monday, April 27, 2015

The 25 Art, Music and Recreation Center Books with the Most Holds in April 2015

The most requested books in the Art, Music and Recreation Center (the Dewey Decimal 700's) include a few bestsellers.  Celebrity bios are always popular -- memoirs of actors and actresses, alternative rock musicians make up most of this list.

One unexpected title near the top of list is Minecraft, a two year old title, about the creator and creation of a very popular online game.

Knitting books always do well and two recent titles, Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads and Twigg Stitch, are among our most requested.

Art Before Breakfast, a book for artists on the run, is about how to meaningfully squeeze personal creativity into a harried life.

Tiny House Living is natural title for the Main Library's neighborhood where more and more "micro-dwellings" are being built.

Sonic Boom looks at how music and sound affect us (and can be used to manipulate us).

Balancing Acts is a written and visual documentary of three San Francisco Ballet ballerinas who balance their demanding art with motherhood.

Most of these titles are also available in an ebook format.  All in all, there are many excellent choices here for the San Francisco reader.  Happy reading.

1. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2015)

2. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Viking, 2013).

3. A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Dey St, 2014?).

5. Born with Teeth: A Memoir by Kate Mulgrew (Little, Brown and Co., 2015).

6. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes: Music, Music, Music: Boys, Boys, Boys: A Memoir by Viv Albertine (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014).

7. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus Notch Persson and the Game that Changed Everything by Daniel Goldberg & Linus Larsson, translation by Jennifer Hawkins (Seven Stories Press, 2013).

8. I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan (Blue Rider Press, 2015).

9. The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education by Peter Coyote (Counterpoint, 2015)

10. There was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields (Dutton, 2014).
11. Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Chloé Griffin (b_books Verlag, 2014).

12. Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter's Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style by Cirilia Rose (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014).

13. Twigg Stitch: A New Twist on Reversible Knitting by Vicki Twigg (Interweave, 2014).

14. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative, No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory (Chronicle Books, 2015).

15. The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History by Robin Givhan (Flatiron Books, 2015).

16. The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy by Joel Beckerman   with Tyler Gray (Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).

17. Tiny House Living: Ideas for Building and Living Well in Less than 400 Square Feet by Ryan Mitchell (Betterway Home, 2014).

18. The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song by Ben Yagoda (Riverhead Books, 2015).

19. So That Happened by Jon Cryer (New American Library, 2015).

20. Breakfast at Sotheby's: An A-Z of the Art World by Philip Hook (The Overlook Press, 2014).

21. Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers by Lucy Gray (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015).

22. Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing: Tradition, Techniques, Innovation by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Mary Kellogg Rice, and Jane Barton (Kodansha USA, 2011).

23. Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Ian Bostridge (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015).

24. Out came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family by Mariel Hemingway (Regan Arts, 2015).

25. The Grand Budapest Hotel, screenplay by Wes Anderson (Opus Books, 2014).

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