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Brooklyn author’s novel is the most in-demand book at NYC Libraries

Brooklyn BookBeat

December 17, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Here are acclaimed novelists Jennifer Egan (at left) and Tayari Jones at the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

Brooklyn novelist Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach,” a historical tale set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn College and the book’s namesake upscale waterfront neighborhood itself, has topped the list of checked-out adult titles at New York City’s libraries this year.

The book was already chosen by city residents for the 2018 “One Book, One New York” program, according to the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Scribner, the novel’s publisher, gave 1,500 free copies to the city’s three library systems – New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.

In an interview with the Journal, Egan said she was grateful for the honor, “especially for this book because I was so dependent on the library for my research.”

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Other books on the list include Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” one of many books on President Donald Trump to come out this year; J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy;” and, in the case of Queens, Kaplan Publishing’s review book for the TASC high school equivalency test.

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  1. Phyllis Bornstein

    The title of this article is misleading. Log in to and look up “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. There are 990 people waiting for the hard cover book, 931 for the ebook and 700-plus for the audio book. Those are just the Brooklyn numbers.