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Winter 2010 Reading List

2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
A Death in the Family by James Agee
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
Breakneck by Erica Spindler
Brighter Than the Sun by Julia Quinn
End The Fed by Ron Paul
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
Hardball by Sara Paretsky
Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom
Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods
Light in August by William Faulkner
Love and Summer by William Trevor
Mama Dearest by E. Lynn Harris
Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich
Southern Storm by Terri Blackstock
Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Taste of Honey by Eileen Goudge
The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans
The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The National Parks by Dayton Duncan
The Professional by Robert B. Parker
The Scout by Harry Combs
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
Wizard Under Fire by Jim Butcher
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark


Winter 2010

To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay

To Dance with the White Dog
by Terry Kay

This short book moves like poetry....A loving eulogy to old age....A tender celebration of life, made poignant by death being so close at hand.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Spring 2010 Reading List

All Things At Once by Mika Brzezinski
Altar of Eden by James Rollins
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Backlash by Aaron Allston
Big Girl by Danielle Steele
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Bleachers by John Grisham
Blood and Smoke by Stephen King
Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Crisis by Robin Cook
Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
Game Change by John Heilemann
Good Girls Gone Bad by Susan Nadler
Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter
Impact by Douglas Preston
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Kisser by Stuart Woods
Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark
Noah s Compass by Anne Tyler
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Sizzle by Julie Garwood
Split Image by Robert B. Parker
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Honor of Spies by W. E. B. Griffin
The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Politician by Andrew Young
The Wolf At The Door by Jack Higgins
Vendetta by Jackie Collins
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Worst Case by James Patterson

Spring 2010

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules
by Jodi Picoult

HOUSE RULES is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel -- and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. HOUSE RULES looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way – but lousy for those who don’t.

SOURCE: Jodi Picoult website

Summer 2010 Reading List

61 Hours by Lee Child
A Painted House by John Grishman
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Changes by Jim Butcher
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
Dead In the Family by Charlaine Harris
Deception by Jonathan Kellerman
Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci
Eight Days To Live by Iris Johansen
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Innocent by Scott Turow
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
New York by Edward Rutherfurd
Oprah by Kitty Kelley
Run by Ann Patchett
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Solar by Ian McEwan
Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush
Tales of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch
The Girl Who Chased The Moon
by Sarah Addison Allen
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Promise by Jonathan Alter
The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz
The Spy by Clive Cussler
The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
When I Stop Talking, You ll Know I m Dead
by Jerry Weintraub
Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson
Wizard Under Fire by Jim Butcher


Summer 2010

A Painted House by John Grisham

A Painted House
by John Grishman

Set in rural Arkansas in 1952. The story centers around 7-year old Luke, his family, and the migrant Mexicans hired to help them harvest their 80 acres of cotton.

SOURCE: FOSL Volunteer

Fall 2010 Reading List

A Journey by Tony Blair
Angelina by Andrew Morton
Broken by Karin Slaughter
Burn by Nevada Barr
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
Faithful Place by Tana French
Family Ties by Danielle Steel
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
Foreign Influence by Brad Thor
Frankenstein: Lost Souls by Dean Koontz
Furious Love by Sam Kashner
Home Team by Sean Payton
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
In A Heartbeat by Leigh Anne Tuohy
In The Name of Honor by Richard North Patterson
Live To Tell by Lisa Gardner
Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank
Mission of Honor by David Weber
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
Queen of the Night by J. A. Jance
Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst
Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Tenth Parallel by Eliza Griswold
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
by David Mitchell
The Vigilantes by W. E. B. Griffin
Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
Whiplash by Catherine Coulter

Fall 2010

A King's Ranson by James Grippano

A King's Ransom
by James Grippando

Attorney-turned-novelist Grippando's (Under Cover of Darkness; Found Money) sixth effort kicks off when Matthew Rey, a Florida fisherman with a partnership in a Nicaraguan seafood operation, is kidnapped while on business in Colombia by a group of Marxist guerrillas led by a sadistic soldier named Joaqu¡n. Matthew is dragged off to the mountains and his son, Nick, a young Florida lawyer, receives a ransom demand and tries to get his father back through official channels. Bad move: it turns out Matthew and his partner, Guillermo Cruz, are under suspicion of running drugs. Nick also learns that Matthew had kidnap-and-ransom insurance for the precise amount demanded by Joaqu¡n. To make matters worse, the insurance provider is a client of Nick's law firm, and refuses to pay the claim, accusing Nick and Matthew of conspiracy and fraud. Nick is legally outmaneuvered by his boss scheming senior partner Duncan Fitz and booted out of the firm. Broke, desperate and under suspicion of several felonies, he receives help from beautiful kidnapping negotiator Alex Cabrera and his ex-fianc‚e, Jenna, who's also a lawyer. Naturally, he finds himself torn between his lost love and his growing affection for the mysterious Alex. Meanwhile, Matthew is a helpless witness to scenes of gang rape, torture and murder perpetrated by Joaqu¡n and his thugs. Outflanked and running out of time, Nick delves into his father's business dealings and slowly uncovers a massive conspiracy. Grippando's experience as a trial lawyer shows in his depiction of Nick's frantic legal moves to clear his family's name; his extensive research into the kidnapping industry currently thriving in Latin America adds a harrowing dose of realism to a taut, well-constructed page-turner that seems destined for the big screen. Agents, Richard and Artie Pine. National advertising; six-city author tour.

SOURCE: Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.




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