Comic books, Obama and ‘Wimpy Kid’: What Oak Cliff reads

You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. But what about a neighborhood?

We asked the Dallas Public Library for the most popular books borrowed at two of our neighborhood libraries, North Oak Cliff and Hampton-Illinois.

Those libraries are active, offering classes and programs every day. And they have good circulation: 253,351 at North Oak Cliff and 551,746 at Hampton-Illinois last year.

Here are the top three books checked out from each library in three categories.

Adult fiction, Hampton-Illinois:

“Superman: Action Comics Vol. 7: Under the Skin”
“Claymore, Vol. 27”
“Fairy Tail 41”

Adult fiction, North Oak Cliff:

“Deadpool Classic Vol. 15 : All the Rest”
“Dengeki Daisy. Vol. 15”
“Batgirl Vol. 5: Deadline”

Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train,: Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” and John Grisham’s “The Litigators” also made the lists.

Adult non-fiction, Hampton-Illinois:

“The Effective Teacher”
“Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes and Stay Out of Trouble”
“The Power of Being Thankful: 365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude”

Adult non-fiction, North Oak Cliff:

“The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism”
“Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What it Means to be Black Now”
“Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life: How to Enjoy a Life of Great Meaning and Altruism”

Also on the lists: “Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” and “English for Latinos.”

Juvenile fiction, Hampton-Illinois:

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School”
“Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective”
“Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride”

Juvenile fiction, North Oak Cliff:

“Monkey King Vol. 19: Masters and Disciples”
“My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship”
“My Little Pony: Adventures in Magic”

“The Gruffalo” and “Hop on Pop” also were popular.

Juvenile non-fiction, Hampton-Illinois:

“Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary”
“Los Tiburones” (Sharks)
“Los Tiburones Makos” (Mako Sharks)

Juvenile non-fiction, North Oak Cliff:

“Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear”
“If Not for the Cat”
“Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters”


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