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Winter 2014 Reading List

Accused by Lisa Scottoline
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Dear Life by Alice Munro
Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Dust by Patricia Cornwell
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Fifty Shades Of Grey by E. L. James
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai With Christina Lamb
Identical by Scott Turow
Inferno by Dan Brown
Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly And Martin Dugard
Mirage by Clive Cussler With Jack Du Brul
Nine Horses by Billy Collins
Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Proof Of Heaven by Eben Alexander
Quiet by Susan Cain
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
by Fannie Flagg
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
by Alexander Mccall Smith
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Valley Of Amazement by Amy Tan
Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
White Fire by Douglas Preston And Lincoln Child
Winners by Danielle Steel

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Winter 2014 Featured Book

Notorious Nineteen
by Janet Evanovich

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down.

Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.

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Spring 2014 Reading List

10% Happier by Dan Harris
All Joy And No Fun by Jennifer Senior
An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris
Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer
Blessings by Anna Quindlen
Bloodroot by Amy Greeene
Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White
Cell by Robin Cook
Confessions Of A Wild Child by Jackie Collins
Cross My Heart by James Patterson
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Night Of The Hunter by R. A. Salvatore
One More Thing by B. J. Novak
Power Play by Danielle Steel
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh
Somerset by Leila Meacham
Standup Guy by Stuart Woods
Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Stone Cold by C. J. Box
The Accident by Chris Pavone
The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg
The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler
The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
The Chance by Robyn Carr
The Gods Of Guilt by Michael Connelly
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Museum Of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
The Wolf Of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Words Of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer


Spring 2014 Featured Book

Sycamore Row
by John Grisham

Leave it to Grisham to make a battle about wills nail-bitingly suspenseful in his second novel featuring lawyer Jake Brigance, the hero of Grisham’s debut, A Time to Kill.

It’s 1988, and Seth Hubbard, an elderly man dying of cancer, hangs himself after leaving detailed instructions for his funeral—and a handwritten will, penned the day before, that disinherits his children and gives 90% of his estate to his African-American caretaker, Lettie Lang. Since that unwitnessed document contradicts an earlier one, and Hubbard’s assets are north of $20 million, Brigance, who was asked by Hubbard in a note to represent his interests, has a battle on his hands when the disinherited lawyer up.

The storyline takes several dramatic turns, even as why Hubbard was so generous to Lang, whom he was not close to, remains a mystery. All the author’s strengths are in evidence—his capturing the rhythms of small-town life in Clanton, Miss., his skill at making legal minutiae comprehensible, and his gift at getting readers to care about his characters.

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Summer 2014 Reading List

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
Field Of Prey by John Sandford
Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler And Graham Brown
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone by Mo Hayder
Inferno by Dan Brown
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Killing Jesus by Bill O'reilly
Missing You by Harlan Coben
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
Sniper's Honor by Stephen Hunter
Suspicion by Joseph Finder
Thankless In Death by J. D. Robb
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Hit by David Baldacci
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry Mcmurtry
The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver
The Son by Jo Nesbo
The Target by David Baldacci
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Walking On Water by Richard Paul Evans
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Summer 2014 Featured Book

Until Tuesday
by Luis Carlos Montalvan

A heartwarming dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, changes a former soldier's life forever.

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, his physical wounds and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. He wondered if he would ever recover.

Then Luis met Tuesday, a sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, and he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being--until Luis.

Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how, together, they healed each other's souls.

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Fall 2014 Reading List

A Country Christmas by Debbie Macomber
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
Burn by James Patterson
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Command Authority by Tom Clancy
Cross My Heart by James Patterson
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Deadline by John Sandford
Food by Jim Gaffigan
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Havana Storm by Clive Cussler
Jeter Unfiltered by Derek Jeter
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Mirage by Clive Cussler
Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham
Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Pegasus by Danielle Steel.
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Smiley by Laurann Dohner
Snow Angel Cove by Raeanne Thayne
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Tall, Dark And Deadly Books by Lisa Renee Jones
The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
The Gods Of Guilt by Michael Connelly
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
The Slow Regard Of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Winners by Danielle Steel
Wyoming Strong by Diana Palmer
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Fall 2014 Featured Book

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often.

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