Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, May 2014

Flash Boys

Flash Boys flashes in the No. 1 in nonfiction; The Goldfinch wings its way to the top in fiction

Three Decades of Excellence

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Thirty years have passed since the Notable Government Documents selection process was first introduced. An initiative of the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA), it was designed to recognize excellence and raise awareness of information resources produced by all levels of government and promote their use. Responsibility for compilation of the annual list falls to the Notable Documents Panel, a part of ALA/GODORT’s Publications Committee. The Notable Documents process has stood the test of time and, like government publishing itself, has adapted to the 21st century. This year’s list includes titles on cultural heritage, globalism, diversity and gender equality, lifelong learning, and the environment. Nearly all are available online, most with no-cost print counterparts.

Audio Everywhere

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While other areas of the publishing industry are shrinking, audiobooks are its fastest growing segment, enjoying $1.2 billion in annual sales, according to figures reported by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) in 2012. By comparison, annual audiobook sales in the late 1990s were just $480 million. It’s a niche that’s rapidly going mass-market.

Warm Nostalgia: Revisiting Summer Settings | Reader’s Shelf

Beach House Memories

A socialite finds love at last, a young outsider finds a new identity, a band of high schoolers transition to adulthood, and a family discovers home is a place filled with magic, peculiar characters, and love

English Historical Documents Online, World Book Timelines | Reference eReviews

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English Historical Documents Online (EHDO) is an annotated collection of significant documents in British history covering the years 500 CE to 1914; World Book Timelines gives users access to more than 420 prebuilt time lines

Social Media & Politics, Military Science, Chemistry | Reference Reviews

Social media and politics

Social media has profoundly changed the landscape of political communication, a welcome modernization and an accessible, comprehensive approach to military studies, an outstanding resource for high school and college chemistry students

E. Lockhart | LibraryReads Authors

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National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree E. Lockhart wanted to write a good amnesia book with a past to reveal…read more of Barbara Hoffert’s conversation with the author of We Were Liars

Brooklyn Farmacy Favorites, Healthy Pleasures, Vegan Finger Foods, & More | Cooking Reviews

Done

de Montalier’s elegant dishes look restaurant worthy, perfect summer cookbook Soda Fountain is filled with classic recipes, stunning meals that just happen to be healthy, Nguyen’s infectious passion for the banh mi.

Ornithology, Plant “Recipes,” McCarthy on Healthy Lifestyles, & More | Science & Technology Reviews

Joyous Health

Personalities, controversies, research methods, and honors make Ten Thousand Birds a lively read, a groundbreaking Plant Recipe Book, McCarthy provides readers with the means to make healthy changes

Real-Life Mona Lisa, Library Volunteers, Memoir, Psychology, Travel | Social Sciences Reviews

Success with Library Volunteers

A Renaissance woman who appeals to a general audience, Hoffman promulgates a treatise on the evolution of punishment, employ Success with Library Volunteers to open conversations regarding future volunteer use

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