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The Guardians, the 40th novel by the unstaunchable bestselling-book-every-bloody-year crime writer, lawyer, politician and social activist John Grisham, was the most-borrowed adult fiction book last year at Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.

Grisham is a member of the board of directors of the Innocence Project, dedicated to exonerating the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices.

Published in 2019, The Guardians draws on this particular Grisham passion – following Cullen Post, a workaholic innocence lawyer/Episcopal priest, into the attic of a haunted house as he re-investigates the case of a black man convicted of murdering a white lawyer.

Grisham actually has two books on this year’s Top 5 list of most popular adult fiction titles in Sault Ste. Marie.

His 2020 thriller Camino Winds also made the cut.

The list of 2020’s most-borrowed items provided to SooToday by collections librarian Julie Ringrose reveals Saultites are also fond of LEGO®, stamp collecting, Michelle Obama, trashing Donald Trump, and a diary written by some wimpy kid.

The following are Sault Ste. Marie’s top 2020 circulating materials in major genres:

Top 5 mature adult fiction

1. The Guardians – John Grisham

2. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

3. Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connelly

4. Blue Moon – Lee Child

5. Camino Winds – John Grisham

Top 5 mature young adult fiction

1. Like a Love Story – Abdi Nazemian

2. Catching the Light – Susan Sinnott

3. One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

4. Mammoth – Jill Baguchinsky

5. I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erika L. Sanchez

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (Book 10) Old School – Jeff Kinney

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

3. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 (11th epic novel) – Dav Pilkey

4. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid – Jeff Kinney

5. Five, Six, Seven, Nate – Tim Federle

Top 5 juvenile non-fiction

1. LEGO® Adventure Book – Megan Rothrock

2. LEGO® Ninjago, Masters of Spinjitzu: the visual dictionary – Hannah Dolan

3. Roblox Top Adventure Games – Alex Wiltshire

4. Everything Pets – James Spears

5. LEGO® Star Wars: build your own adventure – Daniel Lipkowitz

Top 5 mature adult non-fiction

1. Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue

2. Becoming – Michelle Obama

3. Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue

4. Official Driver’s Handbook

5. Official Bus Handbook

Top 5 mature adult non-fiction (without the perennial winners)

1. Becoming – Michelle Obama

2. Too Much and Never Enough – Mary L. Trump

3. Educated: a memoir – Tara Westover

4. Beyond the Trees – Adam Shoalts

5. Permanent Records – Edward J. Snowden

Top 5 mature adult DVDs

1. Foyle’s War (Set 1)

2. Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (Set 2)

3. Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

4. Captain Marvel

5. Are You Being Served?

Top 5 mature adult Blu-Rays

1. Joker

2. War Horse

3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

4. The Devil Wears Prada

5. 1917

Top 5 juvenile DVDs (fiction and non-fiction)

1. Frozen

2. Secret Life of Pets (Part 2)

3. Toy Story

4. PAW Patrol: Roll to the Rescue

5. LEGO® Friends: Friends are Forever

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