December 22nd, 2008
As promised, here is the list of the Most Checked-Out Non-Fiction of 2008. I’ve included the top 14 because there was a seven-way tie for 8th place.
We have a few repeat entries from last year’s list: the warm-hearted and wet-nosed dog story Marley & Me; the perennially popular Guinness World Records and Dave Pelzer’s true story of overcoming child abuse in A Man Named Dave. Cookbooks are once again popular, and once again with a split between eating healthy and comfort foods (last year’s entries included The South Beach Diet, Classic 30 Minute Meals and Cook Once, Eat Twice). Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this list is the local focus. We have Colts’ coach Tony Dungy topping the list followed closely by local historian Joanne Stuttgen and only a little farther down the Historic Homes book.
- Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker
- Morgan County by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak
- Best of Hometown Cooking edited by Jessica Saari
- Guinness World Records by the Guinness Publishing Company
- A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer
- Vintage Cottages by Molly Hyde English; photographs by Tom Lamb
- Plain Secrets : An Outsider Among the Amish by Joe Mackall
- 99 Historic Homes of Indiana : A Look Inside photographs by Marsh Davis; text by Bill Shaw with a foreword by J. Reid Williamson, Jr.
- Dinnertime Easy: Slow Cooker Recipes by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens
- Marley and Me: Love, Life, and Drywall Repair With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
- A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
- Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites : Over 200 Best-Ever Recipes From the Weight Watchers Test Kitchens
- What Can I Bring?: Cookbook by Anne Byrn
- Escape by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer