These are the Top Checkouts at NYPL Branches on the Lower East Side

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 at 5:07 am by

The New York Public Library has just released every bookworm’s favorite year-end list: 2018’s top checkouts systemwide, by borough, by branch, and by genre.

This year’s overall victor of the city library stacks was none other than Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

But Lower East Side branches opted for another bestseller. Seward Park and Mulberry Street patrons favored the classic dystopian double narrative, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Perhaps the Hulu series has something to do with the novel’s newfound popularity. However, much like Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, it’s definitely worth a reread if the last time you picked it up was in high school.

Other neighborhood branches like Chatham Square enjoyed Avatar: The Last Airbender, Part One by Gurihiru and Gene Luen Yang, and Mulberry Street’s most checked out book was The Power: A Novel by Naomi Alderman.

The real curiosity on the list lies in what exactly made George Orwell’s 1984 the most popular checkout on Roosevelt Island…

While we’re on the subject of dystopian nightmares, let’s not let Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 be a cautionary tale turned reality: visit your local NYPL library, get a library card, and read.

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