What did the people of Brookfield read during 2009? We went straight to the source, Debbie Griggs, head of reference and electronic resources at the Brookfield Public Library. She gave us this list, she said, in no particular order:

1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

3. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

4. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson

5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

6. Anything by James Patterson:  Alex Cross’ Trial; I, Alex Cross; The 8th Confession; Run for Your Life; Sail

7. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

8. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

9. Going Rogue by Sara Palin

10. Twilight (series) by Stephanie Meier