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

Opened in 1911, the New York Public Library was the largest marble structure in the United States at that time, and featured two enormous stone lions, sculpted by E. C. Potter, that graced the entrance. The main reading room was the largest one of its kind in the world, ,with ceilings measuring 50 feet high, and 77 feet wide by 295 feet long. It soon became a cultural center of New York City, and one of the most important buildings in America.

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The New York Public Library, glass negative from 1908 depicting horse carriages and trolleys. Late stage construction: trademark lions not yet installed.
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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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