Patrons of the Hillsdale and Capitol Hill branches show different prefernces for reading material

PHOTO BY BILL GALLAGHER - The number one most-borrowed book at the Hillsdale Public Library last month.Each month the SW Connection will publish a list of the five most popular adult books at our two local Multnomah Public Library branches - Hillsdale and Capitol Hill.

Patrons of the Hillsdale branch went for the latest non-fiction work by Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) which, according to the SF Chronicle , "..reports on the clinical trials that suggest psychedelic drugs can help with depression, addiction and the angst that accompanies terminal illnesses".  At the Capitol Hill branch Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro's (Remains Of The Day)  2015 work of fantasy set in the days of King Arthur was in high demand.  Only one book appeared on both lists, Andrew Sean Greer's comic novel which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year.


How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Fear by Bob Woodward

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Less by Andrew Sean Greer


Dopesick - Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy.   This riveting work of reporting on the ravages of the opioid epidemic will break your heart and raise your hackles.  The author makes a compelling case for the criminal callousness of  the mass marketing of OxyContin. With more characters than you might find in five Russian novels, it can be difficult to keep track of all the players but even just a few of their tales are enough of an indictment.

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