Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Highest Circulating Art, Music and Recreation Center books 2013-4

Memoirs, biographies and interviews make up the vast majority of the top 20 circulating books in the subjects of Art, Music and Recreation this fiscal year.  Three titles are holdovers from the top circulating titles of 2012-2013 - Bossypants (number 1 last year), Waging Heavy Peace (number 7 last year) and Rita Moreno (number 22 last year).

There are only two titles without a biographical component.  Difficult Men is behind the scenes survey of the changes in television dramas since the 1990s.  One title that has defied the trend toward celebrity worship on this list is Knitting Yarns, a collection of writing about knitting and the community of knitters.

The top twenty highest circulating books of the past year:

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Bossypants by Tina Fey (Little, Brown and Co., 2011).

Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds (William Morrow, 2013).

Rita Moreno: A Memoir (Celebra, 2013).

Wild Tales : A Rock & Roll Life by Graham Nash (Crown Archetype, 2013).

Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys? by Billy Crystal (Henry Holt and Company, 2013)

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Ben Greenman (Grand Central Publishing, 2013).

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin (The Penguin Press, 2013).

Shirley Jones: A Memoir by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh (Gallery Books, 2013).

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography by Richard Hell (Ecco, 2013).

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, edited and with an introduction by Ann Hood (W.W. Norton & Company, 2014).

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young (Blue Rider Press, 2012).

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston (Scribner, 2013).

Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski (Crown, 2012).

Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, & Ken Sharp (It Books, 2013).

Mozart by Paul Johnson (Viking, 2013).

What If...: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know For Sure by Shirley MacLaine (Atria Books, 2013).

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin (An Eamon Dolan Book, 2013).

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones (Ballantine Books, 2013).

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