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Winter 2011 Reading List

2666 by Roberto Bolano
All The Devils Are Here by Bethany McLean
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
At Home by Bill Bryson
Bad Blood by John Sandford
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Covenant Hall by Kathryn R. Wall
Cross Fire by James Patterson
Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
Don't Blink by James Patterson
Earth (The Book) by Jon Stewart
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Getting To Happy by Terry McMillan
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Life by Keith Richards
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Devoto
Pope John Paul II by Tad Szulc
Prayer of the Dragon by Eliot Pattison
Room by Emma Donoghue
Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Sante Fe Edge by Stuart Woods
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Fall by Guillermo del Toro
The Last Boy by Jane Leavy
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
The Reversal by Michael Connelly
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Voices of Protest by Alan Brinkley
Warlord by Ted Bell
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Written in Bone by Simon Beckett
Zero History by William Gibson

Winter 2011 Featured Book

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

The Last Town on Earth
by Thomas Mullen

During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, the residents of a small northwest logging town takes drastic actions in an attempt to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

The author, Thomas Mullen will be on hand for this book discussion on March 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

SOURCE: FOSL Volunteer

Spring 2011 Reading List

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Close Range by Annie Proulx
Damage by John Lescroart
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
Dead Run by Erica Spindler
Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Hell s Corner by David Baldacci
In the Blink of an Eye by Michael Waltrip
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
Mr Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow
My Father At 100 by Ron Reagan
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
Room by Emma Donoghue
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
The Confession by John Grisham
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
The Longest War by Peter L. Bergen
The Outlaws by W. E. B. Griffin
The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
The Social Animal by David Brooks
The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
The Wilding by Benjamin Percy
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund
Tick Tock by James Patterson
What The Night Knows by Dean Koontz
Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells


Spring 2011 Featured Book


Digging To America by Anne Tyler

Digging to America
by Anne Tyler

Like Ms. Tyler's best novels, Digging to America gives us an intimate picture of middle-class family life: its satisfactions and discontents, its ability to suffocate and console. But at the same time the story ventures into territory more usually associated with writers like Jhumpa Lahiri and Gish Jen. It looks at the promises and perils of the American Dream and the knotty, layered relationship made up in equal parts of envy, admiration, resentment and plain befuddlement that can develop between native-born Americans and more recent immigrants intent on making their way through the often baffling byways of the New World.

SOURCE: Copyright © New York Times. All rights reserved.

Summer 2011 Reading List

63 Documents The Government Doesn’t Want You To Read by Jesse Ventura
A Death in the Family by James Agee
An Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker
Cold Vengeance by Preston & Child
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Flannery O'Connor edited by Sarah Gordon
Folly by Susan Minot
How the Water Feels by Paul Eggers
How to be Good by Nick Hornby
Idea Man by Paul Allen
If You Ask Me by Betty White
In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Middlesex byJeffrey Eugenides
Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray
My Life in Heavy Metal by Steve Almond
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke
Open Secrets by Alice Munro
Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter
Sunset Park by Paul Auster
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover
The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day
The Client by John Grisham
The English Major by Jim Harrison
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
The Final Martyrs by Shusaku Endo
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Heart and The Fist by Eric Greitens
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The Shining by Stephen King
The White Album by Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Summer 2011 Featured Book


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible. And from that same life, and those cells, Rebecca Skloot has fashioned in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive--even thrive--in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, their stunning potency gave scientists a building block for countless breakthroughs, beginning with the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta's family continued to live in poverty and frequently poor health, and their discovery decades later of her unknowing contribution--and her cells' strange survival--left them full of pride, anger, and suspicion. For a decade, Skloot doggedly but compassionately gathered the threads of these stories, slowly gaining the trust of the family while helping them learn the truth about Henrietta, and with their aid she tells a rich and haunting story that asks the questions, Who owns our bodies? And who carries our memories? --Tom Nissley

SOURCE: Copyright 2010 rights reserved.

Fall 2011 Reading List

1493 by Charles C. Mann
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich
After America by Mark Steyn
Against All Enemies Tom Clancy
Back of Beyond by C.J.Box
Betrayal of Trust by J. A. Jance
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Coming Up For Air by Patti Callahan Henry
Escape by Barbara Delinsky
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
Fay by Larry Brown
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
Life is Short, but Wide by J. California Cooper
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Moscow, December 25, 1991 by Conor O'Clery
Now You See Her by James Patterson
One Summer by David Baldacci
P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Skellig by David Almond
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Devil Colony by James Rollins
The Foreigners by Maxine Swann
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
The Secrets of the FBI by Ronald Kessler
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Fall 2011 Featured Book

by David Almond

Amidst the intensity and anxiety of his world, Michael is a normal kid. He goes to school, plays soccer, and has friends with nicknames like Leakey and Coot. It's at home where his life becomes extraordinary, with the help of Skellig and Mina, the quirky, strong-willed girl next door. Skellig was the Whitbread Award's 1998 Children's Book of the Year, and this haunting novel is sure to resonate with readers young and old.

SOURCE: Copyright 2010 rights reserved.




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