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New York Public Library's Most Checked-Out Books in 2013

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The NYPL shares lists of the books checked out most often at its 91 branches located in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Here are the most popular non-fiction books for 2013:

Adult Nonfiction

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Mos

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Proof of heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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