Top Checkouts of 2023

Check out what your fellow Berlin-Peck patrons have been reading this year!

December 11, 2023

Check out this year’s top 25 checkouts in fiction and non-fiction!


Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

#1 Remarkably Bright Creatures

Shelby Van Pelt

After her husband dies, widow Tova Sullivan starts working at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, where she forms a special bond with a giant Pacific octopus who holds the key solving the mysterious disappearance of her 18-year-old son, Erik, over thirty years ago on the Puget Sound.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

#2 It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover

After building what should be a perfect life with neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid, Lily finds herself in a troubled relationship with an abusive husband and must make a decision about her future, as she reencounters Atlas Corrigan, a man with links to her past.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

#3 Ugly Love

Colleen Hoover

After Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer agree to a no-strings attached relationship, they both have trouble sticking to the plan.

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

#4 Demon Copperhead

Barbara Kingsolver

The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

#5 The Hotel Nantucket

Elin Hilderbrand

Attempting to win the favor of the Hotel Nantucket’s new London billionaire owner, general manager Lizbet Keaton, with drama behind closed doors, staff and guests with complicated pasts, a ghost roaming the halls and her own romantic uncertainty, has her work cut out for her.

Just The Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica

#6 Just The Nicest Couple

Mary Kubica

When her husband Jack vanishes without a trace, Nina Hayes will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, which, unbeknownst to her, is inextricably linked to their close friends, who may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

#7 The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

When an aging and reclusive Hollywood icon selects an unknown magazine reporter to write her life story, the baffled journalist forges deep ties with the actress during a complicated interview process that exposes their tragic common history.

The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

#8 The Five-Star Weekend

Elin Hilderbrand

Inviting her best friend from each phase of her life, widow Hollis Shaw hosts an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket, during which things don’t go as planned as each woman deals with heartbreak, infidelity, scandal and secrets, but things turnaround due to new friendships, unexpected romance and self-discovery.

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

#9 It Starts With Us

Colleen Hoover

Atlas Corrigan, Lily’s first love and the person who returned suddenly and interrupted her romance with neurosurgeon Ryan Kincaid, tells his side of the story in the sequel to It Ends with Us.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

#10 November 9

Colleen Hoover

When Fallon and aspiring novelist Ben meet and fall in love the day before Fallon’s cross-country move, they vow to meet on the same date every year, until Fallon suspects Ben is fabricating their relationship to create the perfect plot twist.

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

#11 Lessons In Chemistry

Bonnie Garmus

In the early 1960s, chemist and single mother Elizabeth Zott, the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show due to her revolutionary skills in the kitchen, uses this opportunity to dare women to change the status quo.

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan

#12 Mad Honey

Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan

Her life upended when her husband revealed a darker side, Olivia MacAfee and her teenage son Asher move back to her New Hampshire hometown for a new beginning until Asher is implicated in the death of his girlfriend and she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.

West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

#13 West With Giraffes

Lynda Rutledge

Inspired by true events, this part adventure, part historical saga and part coming-of-age love story follows Woodrow Wilson Nickel as he recalls his journey in 1938 to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo.

Desert Star by Michael Connelly

#14 Desert Star

Michael Connelly

After quitting the force in disgust, Renee Ballard is persuaded to return to rebuild the cold case unit in the elite robbery-homicide division.

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

#15 Wrong Place Wrong Time

Gillian McAllister

After witnessing her teenage son kill a man, a mother falls asleep in despair, wakes up and it is yesterday, and wakes up again and it is the day before yesterday, getting chance after chance to stop the murder and save her son.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

#16 The Last Thing He Told Me

Laura Dave

After her husband disappears, Hannah Hall quickly realizes he isn’t who he said he was and that his 16-year-old daughter, who wants nothing to do with her, may hold the key to figuring out his true identity.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

#17 The Guest List

Lucy Foley

An expertly planned celebrity wedding between a rising television star and an ambitious magazine publisher is thrown into turmoil by petty jealousies, a college drinking game, the bride’s ruined dress, and an untimely murder.

Happy Place by Emily Henry

#18 Happy Place

Emily Henry

Despite breaking up months earlier, a picture-perfect couple still haven’t told their friends about the split and attempt to pretend they are still together at an annual Maine getaway.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

#19 The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering the truth about what prompted his client, an artist who refuses to speak, to violently murder her husband in a way that triggers mass public speculation.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

#20 Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty

A family of tennis stars debate whether or not to report their mother as missing because it would implicate their father.

A Very Typical Family by Sierra Godfrey

#21 A Very Typical Family

Sierra Godfrey

After her mother’s death, Natalie Walker is informed by a lawyer that must return to Santa Cruz and reunite with her estranged siblings, one of whom she sent to jail 15 years prior, in order to claim their inheritance.

Simply Lies by David Baldacci

#22 Simply Lies

David Baldacci

Two women–a former detective and a dangerous con artist–go head-to-head in a twisting game of cat and mouse.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

#23 Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a murder, Kya Clark, who has survived alone for years in a marsh near the North Carolina coast, becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.

Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover

#24 Maybe Now

Colleen Hoover

Coming across an old list of things she wanted to do “maybe one of these days,” Maggie decides to live life to the fullest and accomplish these dreams, and, keeping Ridge updated on her adventures, unwittingly causes a rift in Ridge and Sydney’s relationship.

Reminders Of Him by Colleen Hoover

#25 Reminders Of Him

Colleen Hoover

Released from prison, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter, but with everyone against her, she turns to local bar owner Ledger Ward who, risking everything, secretly helps her make amends.



Spare by Prince Harry

#1 Spare

Prince Harry

With its raw, unflinching honesty, Prince Harry’s memoir—in which he discusses the effect of his mother Princess Diana’s death on his life—is full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

#2 I’m Glad My Mom Died

Jennette McCurdy

The iCarly and Sam & Cat star, after her controlling mother dies, gets the help she needs to overcome eating disorders, addiction and unhealthy relationships—and finally decides what she really wants for the first time in her life.

Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

#3 Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing

Matthew Perry

The beloved Friends star shares candid behind the scenes stories from the legendary sitcom, as well as detailing his own struggles with addiction that threatened to derail his career.

The Extraordinary Life Of An Ordinary Man by Paul Newman

#4 The Extraordinary Life Of An Ordinary Man

Paul Newman

Culled from thousands of pages of transcripts, this raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of the greatest movie star of the past 75 years, told with searing honesty, covers everything: his traumatic childhood, his career, his drinking, his intimate life with Joanne Woodward and his innermost fears and passions and joys.

The Berlin Turnpike by Raymond Bechard

#5 The Berlin Turnpike
A True Story Of Human Trafficking In America

Raymond Bechard

This is a true story of human trafficking in America, its history, its growth, and its unprecedented entrance into our homes. It exposes every element of this crime; so reliant on secrecy and shrouded behind a scintillating veil of growing legitimacy. Yet it is buried just below the surface of our society’s mainstream perception. For the first time The Berlin Turnpike takes you to the core of how and where this all takes place. This is our path to uncovering a vast, long-ignored secret.

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

#6 The Light We Carry
Overcoming In Uncertain Times

Michelle Obama

Drawing from personal experiences, the former first lady offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the potential and progress around us.

Go-To Dinners by Ina Garten

#7 Go-To Dinners
Make Ahead, Freeze Ahead, Prep Ahead, Easy, Assembled

Ina Garten

The popular cooking show host and New York times bestselling author shares her strategies for making delicious, satisfying, and uncomplicated dinners, including such dishes as overnight mac & cheese, Tuscan white bean soup, chicken in a pot with orzo, and roasted vegetables with jammy eggs.

The Wager by David Grann

#8 The Wager
A Tale Of Shipwreck, Mutiny, And Murder

David Grann

In this tale of shipwreck, survival and savagery, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon recounts the events on His Majesty’s Ship The Wager, a British vessel that left England in 1740 on a secret mission, resulting in a court martial that revealed a shocking truth.

Maid by Stephanie Land

#9 Maid
Hard Work, Low Pay, And A Mother’s Will To Survive

Stephanie Land

An economic-hardship journalist describes the years she worked in low-pay domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette. Walls

#10 The Glass Castle

Jeannette. Walls

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Extra Lives by Tom Bissell

#11 Extra Lives
Why Video Games Matter

Tom Bissell

A personal assessment of the author’s addiction to video games explores his favorites, their roles as modern forms of popular art and their habit-forming appeal while considering how he has neglected his professional and social responsibilities in favor of gaming activities.

No Immediate Danger by William T. Vollmann

#12 No Immediate Danger

William T. Vollmann

The first volume in a timely series about climate change and energy generation focuses on the consequences of nuclear-power production through the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.

Boards by America's Test Kitchen

#13 Boards
Stylish Spreads For Casual Gatherings

America’s Test Kitchen

Inspirational and achievable ideas for creating boards—interactive and low-key elegant ways of presenting food—that are sure to be a hit and will help you step-up your presentation skills.

The Revolutionary Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff

#14 The Revolutionary Samuel Adams

Stacy Schiff

A Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer turns her attention to Samuel Adams, an intensely disciplined man—and arguably the most essential Founding Father— who supplied the moral backbone of the American Revolution, becoming the most wanted man in America.

Baking With Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

#15 Baking With Dorie
Sweet, Salty & Simple

Dorie Greenspan

A James Beard Award-winning and New York Times best-selling cookbook author offers more than 150 new recipes with ingenious twists including Meringue Little Marvels, Double-Decker Caramel Cake, Coconut Milk Chocolate Marble Cake and Curd and Cream Shortcake.

Finding Me by Viola Davis

#16 Finding Me

Viola Davis

The critically acclaimed film, television and theater actress presents an inspiring and deeply honest story of her life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her current hard-won success.

Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan

#17 Snackable Bakes
100 Easy-Peasy Recipes For Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets And Treats

Jessie Sheehan

From Peppermint Stick No-Churn Ice Cream to Deeply Chocolaty Baked Donuts with Buttermilk Glaze and Sprinkles, this guide to snackable sweets shows readers how to create decadent delights in 20 minutes or less.

Solito by Javier Zamora

#18 Solito

Javier Zamora

A young poet reflects on his 3,000-mile journey from El Salvador to the United States when he was nine years old, during which he was faced with perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions during two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who became an unexpected family.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

#19 Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice From Dear Sugar

Cheryl Strayed

Collects postings on life and relationships from The Rumpus’ popular “Dear Sugar” online advice column, sharing recommendations on everything from infidelity and grief to marital boredom and financial hardships.

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

#20 Man’s Search For Meaning

Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen

#21 Dutch Girl
Audrey Hepburn And World War II

Robert Matzen

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, ‘the war made my mother who she was.’ Audrey Hepburn’s war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor’s assistant during the ‘Bridge Too Far’ battle of Arnhem, the brutal execution of her uncle, and the ordeal of the Hunger Winter of 1944. She also had to contend with the fact that her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first two years of the occupation. But the war years also brought triumphs as Audrey became Arnhem’s most famous young ballerina. Audrey’s own reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war, wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light on the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War II. Also included is a section of color and black-and-white photos. Many of these images are from Audrey’s personal collection and are published here for the first time.

Taste by Stanley Tucci

#22 Taste
My Life Through Food

Stanley Tucci

The food-obsessed, award-winning actor, reflecting on the intersection of food and life, presents a heartfelt and delicious memoir of life in and out of the kitchen that takes readers on a gastronomic journey through the good times and bad.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

#23 Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
A Savage Journey To The Heart Of The American Dream

Hunter S. Thompson

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Dinners With Ruth by Nina Totenberg

#24 Dinners With Ruth
A Memoir On The Power Of Friendships

Nina Totenberg

In this moving story of the joy and true meaning of friendship, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent recounts her nearly 50-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, presenting an extraordinary account of how they paved the way for future generations by tearing down professional and legal barriers.

The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

#25 The Creative Act
A Way Of Being

Rick Rubin

A master at helping people connect with who they really are and what they really offer, the nine-time Grammy-winning producer illuminates the path of the artist as road we all can follow, putting the power to create moments—and lifetimes—of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.