Most Popular Ebooks, Spring 2011


In mid-February, the New Canaan Library launched its OverDrive collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. Library users can download digital content onto their computers, ebook readers, and mobile devices -- a service free to New Canaan Library card holders. 

In the three months since launching OverDrive, a wide variety of content has been checked out.  The most popular titles so far have ranged from current bestsellers to classics, for readers of all ages and interests. 

If you'e like to suggest a title to add to the collection, please click on the Suggest a Title box on the right hand side of the Overdrive Page.  If the library already owns a title but it is checked out, you can place a hold on it.  You will be notified by email when the title is available.


 Popular Nonfiction Titles 


1.  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand.  In 1943, while World War II raged on in the Pacific Theater, Lieutenant Louis Zamperini was the only survivor of a deadly plane crash in the middle of the ocean. Zamperini had a troubled youth, yet honed his athletic skills and made it all the way to the 1934 Olympics in Berlin. However, what lay before him was a physical gauntlet unlike anything he had encountered before: thousands of miles of open ocean, a small raft, and no food or water.  Ebook Circulation:   7 checkouts, 8 holds


2.   Food Rules, an Eater's Companion, by Michael Pollan.   A pocket compendium of food wisdom from the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food.  Food Rules is a collection of simple, sensible, and easy to use rules:  the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food he or she eats.    Ebook Circulation:   4 checkouts, 1 hold



3.  Washington: a Life, by Ron Chernow, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.  Ebook Circulation:   4 checkouts



4.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.  Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.  Ebook Circulation:  4 checkouts, 6 holds




Popular Fiction Titles 


1.  The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain.  Summary:  Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.  Ebook Circulation:  6 checkouts, 9 holds


2.  The Confession, by John Grisham. Nine years ago, Travis Boyette raped and murdered a popular high school student in Sloan Texas. To his amazement, Donte Drumm, the school's football star, was wrongly convicted of his heinous crimes and sent to death row. Now, Travis, who has an inoperable brain tumor and is stricken with guilt, decides to confess in a bid to save Donte, who has just four days before his execution.  Ebook Circulation:  5 checkouts, 6 holds. 


3.  The Good Daughters, by Joyce Maynard.  The lives and fortunes of two New Hampshire families, the Planks and the Dickersons, are entwined through the youngest daughters of each family, who were born on the same day in the same hospital.  Ebook Circulation:  5 checkouts, 4 holds. 



4.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson.  The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation.Ebook Circulation:  4 checkouts, 2 holds.