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Top 10 Adult Nonfiction Books of 2016

December 28, 2016

With just a few days left to 2016, we at the Marathon County Public Library are reflecting on the past 12 months and analyzing which materials have been the most popular with our patrons here in northcentral Wisconsin.

When it comes to the top 10 most-checked out nonfiction books, it looks like many folks wanted to improve their lives in one way or another, whether it was through organizing and tidying up their personal spaces (see the top spot and #8) or through eating and living healther (#2, 5, 6, and 10). 

Take a look for yourself at the 10 most-checked out adult nonfiction books of 2016 at all nine MCPL branches. Consider seeing why they're so popular by checking them out yourself!


"THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING" by MARIE KONDō

This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

"THE WHOLE30: THE 30-DAY GUIDE TO TOTAL HEALTH AND FOOD FREEDOM " by MELISSA HARTWIG

Melissa and Dallas Hartwig's Whole30 program has helped people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health -- along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. Now they bring you a stand-alone, step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, and strengthen your immune system.

"DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA " by ERIK LARSON

This book presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

"THE SANDMAN" by NEIL GAIMAN

The main character of The Sandman is Dream, also known as Morpheus. The Sandman is a story about how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable.

"THE PALEO APPROACH COOKBOOK: A DETAILED GUIDE TO HEAL YOUR BODY AND NOURISH YOUR SOUL " by SARAH BALLANTYNE

This book offers recipes, shopping guides, meal plans and more to go along with the Paleo Approach, which claims to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and feel healthier all around.

"5 INGREDIENT COOKBOOK " by EDITED BY CHRISTINE RUKAVENA

This collection offers a variety of recipes that can be make with 5 ingredients or less.

"KILLING REAGAN: THE VIOLENT ASSAULT THAT CHANGED A PRESIDENCY " by BILL O'REILLY

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

"SPARK JOY: AN ILLUSTRATED MASTER CLASS ON THE ART OF ORGANIZING AND TIDYING UP " by MARIE KONDō

Tidying expert Marie Kondo's follow-up to her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is an illustrated master manual on her renowned KonMari Method with item-specific guidance and step-by-step folding illustrations

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY'S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK " by TODD BURPO

This book presents the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.

"THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: DINNERTIME: COMFORT CLASSICS, FREEZER FOOD, 16-MINUTE MEALS, AND OTHER DELICIOUS WAYS TO SOLVE SUPPER! " by REE DRUMMOND

The Food Network personality offers more than 125 recipes, make-ahead meals and more.


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