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2012 Recommended Reading Lists

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Featured Books

Winter 2012 Reading List

1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
1q84 by Haruki Murakami
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
Blood Work by Michael Connelly
Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker
Bonnie by Iris Johansen
Boomerang by Michael Lewis
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler
Cross Fire by James Patterson
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Death comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Echo Burning
by Lee Child
In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
Kill Me If You Can
by James Patterson
Lethal by Sandra Brown
Live Wire by Harlan Coben
Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Nearing Home by Billy Graham
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Seriously ... I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
Some Kind Of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy
Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk
Tempting Fate by Nora Roberts
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes
The Shack by William P. Young
The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
What The Night Knows by Dean Koontz
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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Winter 2012 Featured Book

Suddenly, Last Summer
by Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (born March 26, 1911 – died February 25, 1983) was an American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theater. He also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs.

His professional career lasted from the mid 1930s until his death in 1983, and saw the creation of many plays that are regarded as classics of the American stage. Williams adapted much of his best known work for the cinema.

Williams received virtually all of the top theatrical awards for his works of drama, including a Tony Award for best play for The Rose Tattoo (1951) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire (1948) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955).

In 1980 he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter and is today acknowledged as one of the most accomplished playwrights in the history of English speaking theater.

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Spring 2012 Reading List

10th Anniversary by James Patterson
11/22/63 by Stephen King
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Another Piece Of My Heart by Jane Green
Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman
Betrayal by Danielle Steel
Celebrity In Death by J. D. Robb
Chasing Midnight by Randy Wayne White
Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke
Coming Apart by Charles Murray
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Home Front by Kristin Hannah
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
Letter From a Stranger by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Quiet by Susan Cain
Raylan by Elmore Leonard
Selling Sunshine by Tony Hartl
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Taken by Robert Crais
The Art Of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The House I Loved by Tatiana De Rosnay
The Irish Americans by Jay P. Dolan
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
The Perfect Soldier by Ralph Peters
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
The Thief by Clive Cussler
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Spring 2012 Featured Book


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"It is an ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of thee...." Although these ominous lines perennially instill fear of final exams and term papers in the minds of high school students and Romantic English majors, they're not often remembered by adults. Mason's reading of Coleridge's 1796 epic poem is at once hypnotic and stirring. The Academy Award-nominated actor reads the chilling tale involving clashes with sea monsters, a boat swarming with zombies and a dice game with Death in an authoritative English accent.

Like the ocean surrounding the Mariner's ship, his voice ebbs and flows with the imaginative poem's various heights. He quickly rattles off, "water, water, every where, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink" but gently whispers "And I had done an hellish thing, and it would work `em woe: For all averred, I had killed the bird that made the breeze to blow." Coleridge (1772-1834), uses words to make the fantastical believable, and here, Mason brings those words vividly to life. A bonus track features Mason's animated reading of The Hunting of the Snark, an eight-canto poem by Lewis Carroll.

SOURCE: Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Summer 2012 Reading List

11th Hour by James Patterson
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash
Beastly Things by Donna Leon
Born To Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
Capitol Murder by Phillip Margolin
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Fall from Grace by Richard North Patterson
Force of Nature by C. J. Box
Guilty Wives by James Patterson
Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark
In One Person by John Irving
Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
No, They Can’t by John Stossel
Phantom by Ted Bell
Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright
Private Games by James Patterson
Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
Stay Close by Harlan Corben
Stolen Prey by John Sandford
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown
The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
The Cove by Ron Rash
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
The Thief by Clive Cussler
The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods
What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Summer 2012 Featured Book

Ape House
by Sara Gruen

Gruen enjoys minimal luck in trying to recapture the magic of her enormously successful Water for Elephants in this clumsy outing that begins with the bombing of the Great Ape Language Lab, a university research center dedicated to the study of the communicative behavior of bonobo apes. The blast, which terrorizes the apes and severely injures scientist Isabel Duncan, occurs one day after Philadelphia Inquirer reporter John Thigpen visits the lab and speaks to the bonobos, who answer his questions in sign language. After a series of personal setbacks, Thigpen pursues the story of the apes and the explosions for a Los Angeles tabloid, encountering green-haired vegan protesters and taking in a burned-out meth lab's guard dog.

Meanwhile, as Isabel recovers from her injuries, the bonobos are sold and moved to New Mexico, where they become a media sensation as the stars of a reality TV show. Unfortunately, the best characters in this overwrought novel don't have the power of speech, and while Thigpen is mildly amusing, Isabel is mostly inert. In Elephants, Gruen used the human-animal connection to conjure bigger themes; this is essentially an overblown story about people and animals, with explosions added for effect.

SOURCE: Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Fall 2012 Reading List

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
And She Was Good by Laura Lippman
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
Backfire by Catherine Coulter
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Calico Joe by John Grisham
Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Dearie:The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
by
Bob Spitz
Die a Stranger by Steve Hamilton
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott
Fearless by Eric Blehm
Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
Home by Toni Morrison
I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
In One Person by John Irving
Judgment Call by J. A. Jance
Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
Line of Fire by Stephen White
Mortal by Ted Dekker
Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
Off the Grid by P. J. Tracy
Red Ink by David Wessel
Sneaky Pie for President by Rita Mae Brown
Stolen Prey by John Sandford
The Admirals by Walter R. Borneman
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Amateur by Edward Klein
The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
The President’s Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
The Spymasters by W. E. B. Griffin
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Tuesday’s Child by Fern Michaels
Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Fall 2012 Featured Book

A Suspension of Mercy
by Patricia Highsmith

Six years after her death, Patricia Highsmith is in the middle of a renaissance. Since the release of Anthony Minghella's film of The Talented Mr. Ripley, her stock has been steadily rising among readers. Two reissues, A Suspension of Mercy and Strangers on a Train, feed the flames. In A Suspension of Mercy, American freelance writer Sydney becomes obsessed with the putative murder of his English wife, Alicia; in Strangers on a Train, the source for Hitchcock's 1953 classic, one man's guilty conscience disrupts two men's criminal plans. The movie rights to A Suspension of Mercy have been optioned by Warner Bros. for Heyday Films.

SOURCE: Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

 

 

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