Do the most popular reads reflect the culture where you live?

writer thinkingDo people in different parts of the country have different reading tastes? It’s an interesting question. Here in Northern, CA the culture is generally liberal, and ethnically diverse. Californians really do embrace the outdoors (that’s not just a commercial) and appreciate organic foods, exercise, recycling, and the preservation of nature and wildlife. So how does that translate to the bookshelf? Here’s a peek at the top 10 bestsellers in Northern, CA this week.

1. My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor, first Hispanic, third woman appointed to the US Supreme Court
2. Help, Thanks, Wow, Anne Lamott, three essential prayers for getting through life
3. Going Clear, Lawrence Wright, exploration about filmmaker Paul Haggis and his relationship with Scientology
4. I Could Pee on This, Francesco Marciuliano, poems about cats
5. The Future, Six Drivers of Global Change, Al Gore
6. Fat Chance, Robert Lustig, beating the odds against sugar and obesity
7. Wild, Cheryl Strayed, an 11,000 mile solo hike and the spiritual healing it brought.
8. The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond, an exploration of humanity’s past and what it means to our future
9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo, examination of life in an Indian slum
10. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina Garten, cookbook

So are any of these books popular in your neck of the woods? Are you familiar with any of the title or authors? Or is this list more of a peek into a California bookshelf? Comment to be entered in the gift card drawing. Contest ends February 28th.

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