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Winter 2013 Reading List

A Wanted Man by Lee Child
America Again by Stephen Colbert
An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
Hide by Lisa Gardner
In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Into The Woods by Kim Harrison
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Mad River by John Sandford
NYPD Red by James Patterson
Phantom by Jo Nesbo
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Sleep No More by Iris Johansen
The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Forgotten by David Baldacci
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Racketeer by John Grisham
The Sentry by Robert Crais
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Winter 2013 Featured Book

by Karin Slaughter

When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own. Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him, and while her role in the death of the county’s popular police chief is unclear, that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, desperately needs Trent’s help to crack the case of a prisoner’s death. While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force.

Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, Trent will uncover explosive secrets—and confront a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

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Spring 2013 Reading List

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy
America the Beautiful by Ben Carson
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods
Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
Cross Roads by William Paul Young
Dream Eyes by Jane Ann Krentz
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman
Hit Me by Lawrence Block
Insane City by Dave Barry
Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
Private Berlin by James Patterson
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse by Robert Knott
See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
Suspect by Robert Crais
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Black Box by Michael Connolly
The Blood Gospel
by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
The Husband List
by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
The Intercept by Dick Wolf
The Last Man by Vince Flynn
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
The Light between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power Trip by Jackie Collins
The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison
The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Until the End of Time by Danielle Steele

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Spring 2013 Featured Book

A Long Way Down
by Nick Hornby

In his fourth novel, New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

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Summer 2013 Reading List

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans
Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg
Benediction by Kent Haruf
Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
Breaking Point by C. J. Box
Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb
Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
Life after Life by Jill McCorkle
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Paris by Edward Rutherford
Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss
Secrets From the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Shadow of Freedom by David Weber
Silken Prey by John Sandford
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Sum It Up by Pat Summitt
Taking Eve by Iris Johansen
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
The Hit by David Baldacci
The Last Threshold by R. A. Salvatore
The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
The Story of God and All of Us
by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
The Storyteller by Jody Picoult
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat
by Edward Kelsey
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods
Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Summer 2013 Featured Book

Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver. In the playing out of this short novel's powerful and engrossing drama, Edith Wharton constructed her least characteristic and most celebrated book. In its unyielding and shocking pessimism, its bleak demonstration of tragic waste, it is a masterpiece of psychological and emotional realism.

In her introduction the distinguished critic Elaine Showalter discusses the background to the novel's composition and the reasons for its enduring success.

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Fall 2013 Reading List

American Gun by Chris Kyle
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
Bones Of The Lost by Kathy Reichs
Calculated In Death by J. D. Robb
Death Angel by Linda Fairstein
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Deadlock by Iris Johansen
Deadly Heat by Richard Castle
Empire and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson
First Sight by Danielle Steel
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Hotshot by Julie Garwood
Inferno by Dan Brown
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
Never Go Back by Lee Child
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Purple Cane Road by James Lee Burke
Reign Of Error by Diane Ravitch
Rose Harbor In Bloom by Debbie Macomber
Second Honeymoon by James Patterson
Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
Songs Of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Stolen Prey by John Sandford
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Guns At Last Light by Rick Atkinson
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Panther by Nelson DeMille
The Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton
Zero Hour by Clive Cussler

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Fall 2013 Featured Book

Handle with Care
by Jodi Picoult

It's well written, it's conscientiously researched and, most important, it presents a character who is a child instead of a disability personified…Handle With Care is a great read, with strong characters, an exciting lawsuit to pull you along and really good use of the medical context.

Picoult does a terrific job of evoking [osteogenesis imperfecta] and its peculiarities—from the likelihood that parents might be accused of child abuse (because of fractures that don't quite "make sense") to the incessant push and pull of wanting a child to experience kindergarten friendships, Disney World and ice skating, while worrying constantly that another fragile bone will break.

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