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From ‘Hamilton’ to Bill Clinton: These were Richland Library’s hottest checkouts in 2018

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After its huge success on Broadway, "Hamilton" expanded to Chicago, where it has been playing in an open-ended run since October 2016.

From the story of children kidnapped from their parents and put up for adoption to the musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, these are the works that made Richland County residents laugh, cry and think — again and again — in 2018.

Richland Library this week released its list of the most checked-out items in 2018.

Leading the list of the most checked-out adult books is a novel that takes place partly in South Carolina: “Before We Were Yours.”

The novel by former journalist Lisa Wingate tells the story of two families in 1930s Memphis and present-day Aiken, S.C., according to an overview on the library’s website. It’s based on the notorious real-life scandal of Georgia Tann, the director of an adoption agency in Memphis who kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families across the country.

Adult books

1. “Before We Were Yours” (Lisa Wingate)

2. “Little Fires Everywhere” (Celeste Ng)

3. “The Great Alone” ( Kristin Hannah)

4. “An American Marriage” (Tayari Jones)

5. “The President is Missing” (Bill Clinton and James Patterson)

6. “The Last Black Unicorn” (Tiffany Haddish)

7. “By Invitiation Only” (Dorothea Benton Frank)

8. “The Rooster Bar” (John Grisham)

9. “Educated: A Memoir” (Tara Westover)

10. “The Fallen” (David Baldacci)

Children’s books

1. “I Will Surprise My Friend!” (Mo Willems)

2. “Pigs Make Me Sneeze” (Mo Willems)

3. “I Spy Fly Guy” (Tedd Arnold)

4. “My New Friend Is So Fun!” (Mo Willems)

5. “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” (Mo Willems)

6. “Waiting Is Not Easy!” (Mo Willems)

7. “Ride, Fly Guy, Ride!” (Tedd Arnold)

8. “I’m a Frog!” (Mo Willems)

9. “I Really Like Slop” (Mo Willems)

10. “Buzz Boy and Fly Guy” (Tedd Arnold)

Music

1. “Hamilton” (Original Broadway cast recording)

2. “Reputation” (Taylor Swift)

3. “Ultimate” (Prince)

4. “Kidz Bop: Greatest Hits!” (Kidz Bop Kids)

5. “Now That’s What I Call Disney 3” (Various artists)

6. “The Definitive Soul Collection” (Otis Redding)

7. “Beauty & the Beast” (Alan Menken)

8. “Moana Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Mark Mancina)

9. “4:44” (Jay-Z)

10. “Lemonade” (Beyoncé)

Movies

1. “Despicable Me 3”

2. “Wonder”

3. “The Dark Tower”

4. “Logan”

5. “The Mountain Between Us”

6. “Thor: Ragnarok”

7. “Detroit”

8. “The Foreigner”

9. “American Assassin”

10. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

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