Oakland Public Library “Best Sellers” List

Here’s a current list of the books with the most holds in the OPL catalog. Your holds nudge us to purchase more copies, so don’t hesitate to get in line!


  1. Telegraph Avenue
    by Michael Chabon
    When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson's endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history.

  2. The Casual Vacancy
    by J.K. Rowling
    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils, Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

  3. Flight Behavior
    by Barbara Kingsolver
    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on an ailing farm, she has settled for permament disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man.

  4. The Black Box
    by Michael Connelly
    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the 'black box,' the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

  5. Sweet Tooth
    by Ian McEwan
    Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with him.

  6. The Racketeer
    by John Grisham
    When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why.

  7. The Round House
    by Louise Erdrich
    When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

  8. This Is How You Lose Her
    by Junot Díaz
    Presents a collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.

  9. Cloud Atlas
    by David Mitchell
    Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.

  10. The Mark of Athena
    by Rick Riordan
    The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land--Greece itself--to find the Doors of Death.


  1. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
    by Andrew Solomon
    Explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental, or cultural factors that divide families.

  2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
    by Cheryl Strayed
    A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

  3. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election above three accomplished candidates, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in forming his cabinet and winning the Civil War. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time.

  4. The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail-- But Some Don't
    by Nate Silver
    Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair's breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction.

  5. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
    by Paul Tough
    Challenges conventional views about standardized testing to argue that success is more determined by self-discipline, character and optimism, describing the work of pioneering researchers and educators whose insights into childhood stress and economic disadvantages have enabled effective new teaching methods.

  6. How to Be a Woman
    by Caitlin Moran
    Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, a major media personality in the UK sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.

  7. Hallucinations
    by Oliver Sacks
    An investigation into the types, physiological sources, and cultural resonances of hallucinations traces everything from the disorientations of sleep and intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.

  8. The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
    by Jeffrey Toobin
    The prize-winning author of The Nine presents a dramatic insider's account of what is identified as an ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration, tracing several landmark cases and the strong views that will be shaping the Court of the near future.

  9. Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
    by Chrystia Freeland
    A journalist and industry specialist for Reuters examines the growing disparity between the rich and the poor, taking a non-partisan look into the businesspeople who are amassing colossal fortunes and preferring the company of similar people around the world. 

  10. Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
    by Madeline Levine
    Focusing on views of success and child rearing, a renowned psychologist combines cutting-edge research with thirty years of clinical experience to explain how to shift focus to a parenting style that promotes academic success, a sense of purpose, and meaning in life.

Posted on 12/21/2012 by Christy Thomas, Librarian, Main Library


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