Based on data provided by the San Francisco Public Library, The Chronicle compiled a list of the most borrowed books in 2021.
Note: Source: San Francisco Public Library, Based on circulation from Jan. 1 through Dec. 28, 2021.
The list includes national bestsellers, like “The Vanishing Half,” “The Midnight Library” and former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land.”
But it also includes titles by Bay Area-based authors, like Bonnie Tsui’s “Why We Swim” and a collection of essays by local writers, “The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving And, Sometimes, Leaving San Francisco.”
Here are the 20 most borrowed titles in each category. Those set in the Bay Area or by local authors have an asterisk (*).
The New York City library systems are home to millions of (print and digital) books, some more popular than others, and some titles more popular in certain boroughs.
At the end of every year, the Brooklyn, Queens, and New York Public Library systems (the latter covers Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx) release their most checked-out books of the year, giving New Yorkers an idea of what their neighbors have been reading.
“It’s interesting that so many of the top titles were featured as part of book clubs — the WNYC book club and others — showing that New Yorkers are certainly craving a sense of togetherness through reading following a period of unprecedented isolation,” said Lynn Lobash, NYPL’s Assistant Director of Reader Services.
Check out the full lists below, with appearances from Danielle Steel, Barack Obama, and some kid named Harry Potter.
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One of the most enduring traditions of Memorial Day is the decoration of the graves of fallen service members with such items as flowers and American flags.
This annual day of commemoration was at one time referred to as Decoration Day because of this practice. My grandmother grew up in the deep South, where tradition held that you took an annual pilgrimage to your family cemetery, which in their case required a road trip to southern Arkansas, to clean and decorate the graves of all of your ancestors.
This tradition may have inspired the post Civil War movement to decorate the graves of those who died in military service. While the holiday was referred to as both Decoration Day and Memorial Day for decades, Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971 and is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Gestures of respect and commemoration on Memorial Day are made in acts both small and large, personal and ceremonial. Gratitude for the sacrifice and service of millions of American men and women takes place in all parts of the world, in countries where service members fell fighting as well as at memorials in the United States. Journey to the graves in Arlington National Cemetery, in small rural cemeteries and in foreign lands, and travel to battlefields and memorials where many are named and remembered through the images below.