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2016 Recommended Reading Lists

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Featured Books

Winter 2016 Reading List

Blue by Danielle Steel
Fractured Era: Legacy Code Bundle by Autumn Kalquist
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
January Calendar Girl Book 1 by Audrey Carlan
My American Duchess by Eloisa James
My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Non Campus Mentis by Anders Henriksson
NYPD by James Patterson
Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Spider Game by Christine Feehan
Staked by Kevin Hearne
Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Last Anniversary by Liana Moriarty
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Revenant by Michael Punke
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Winter 2016 Featured Book

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old Theo Decker tells of the accident that killed his beloved mother and set his fate. But even when the scene shifts--first Theo goes to live with his schoolmate’s picture-perfect (except it isn’t) family on Park Avenue, then to Las Vegas with his father and his trashy wife, then back to a New York antiques shop--I remained mesmerized. Along with Boris, Theo’s Ukrainian high school sidekick, and Hobie, one of the most wonderfully eccentric characters in modern literature, Theo--strange, grieving, effete, alcoholic and often not close to honorable Theo--had taken root in my heart. Still, The Goldfinch is more than a 700-plus page turner about a tragic loss: it’s also a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art and appearances. Most of all, it is a sometimes operatic, often unnerving and always moving chronicle of a certain kind of life. “Things would have turned out better if she had lived,” Theo said of his mother, fourteen years after she died. An understatement if ever there was one, but one that makes the selfish reader cry out: Oh, but then we wouldn’t have had this brilliant book! --Sara Nelson

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Spring 2016 Reading List

A MAN CALLED OVE,
by Fredrik Backman
ALERT, by James Patterson
AMERICAN GIRLS, by Nancy Jo Sales
BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande
BROOKLYN, by Colm Toibin
CLAWBACK, by J. A. Jance
DARK MONEY, by Jane Mayer
DARK PROMISES, by Christine Feehan
DEEP BLUE, by Randy Wayne White
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES,
by Lisa Scottoline
EVICTED, by Matthew Desmond
FIRE TOUCHED, by Patricia Briggs
GO SET A WATCHMAN, by Harper Lee
HAWKE, by Sawyer Bennett
IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER,
by Barbara Freethy
ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND,
by Elena Ferrante
OFF THE GRID, by C. J. Box
ORIGINALS, by Adam Grant
PLAYING THE ODDS, by Nora Roberts
PRIVATE PARIS, by James Patterson
PROPERTY OF A NOBLEWOMAN,
by Danielle Steel
READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline
RIGHTFUL HERITAGE,
by Douglas Brinkley
ROOM, by Emma Donoghue
SISI, by Allison Pataki
SMARTER FASTER BETTER,
by Charles Duhigg
THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho
THE GANGSTER, by Clive Cussler
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN,
by Paula Hawkins
THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN,
by Timothy Egan
THE LEGENDS CLUB, by John Feinstein
THE LIAR, by Nora Roberts
THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir
THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY,
by Pope Francis
THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah
THE REVENANT, by Michael Punk
THE RUMOR, by Elin Hilderbrand
THE STEEL KISS, by Jeffery Deaver
THE STORY OF A NEW NAME,
by Elena Ferrante
THE WEDDING DRESS,
by Rachel Hauck
THE WIDOW, by Fiona Barto
THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY, by Elena Ferrante

SOURCE: NY Times Bestseller Lists 3/27/16

Spring 2016 Featured Book

Mornings on Horseback
by David G. McCullough

Reviews:

Denver Post A fine account of Roosevelt's rise to manhood, well written and, like its subject, full of irrepressible vitality.

Detroit News This is a marvelous chronicle of manners and morals, love and duty, and as captivating as anything you will find between book covers in a long while.

John Leonard The New York Times We have no better social historian.

About the Author

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

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