The top three titles on our current list match well with the nonfiction bestsellers listed in last Sunday's Chronicle. In the Bay Area, Born a Crime ranks at number 6 and The Princess Diarist ranks at number 4. Bruce Springsteen's memoir ranks number 3 nation-wide.
Books on hollywood, show business and entertainment in general often do well on the lists of holds. Memoirs by Anna Kendrick, Lauren Graham, Megyn Kelly as well as the oral history of the Daily Show are all very popular. In past lists rock and pop music memoirs have also faired well, but only Born to Run and Robbie Robertson's Testimony place on this list.
One slightly surprising title is Walking Through Walls by Marina Abramović. While Abramović has achieved great renown in performance art circles, she seems out of place among the celebrities of this list. But, I think the book's popularity reflects San Francisco's readers who have also shown favor towards two books about fine art - How To See by David Salle and a History of Pictures by David Hockney.
Sex sells - even sex from 80 years as Mary Astor's Purple Diary shows. And anything with the Murakami touch will do well with our readers as can be seen with his book of conversations about music with Seiji Ozawa.
If these books excite you as well, you may have get in line to read them. Thankfully, the majority of the titles are also available in eBook formats.