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Lariat Reading List - 2010

Lariat Reading List

Lariat Reading List


Nothing But a Smile by Steve Amick  (Pantheon)Nothing But a Smile

WWII America brings struggling Wink and Sally together.  Affection becomes romance as they build a business, out run the mob and fall in love.

Beat the Reaper Beat the Reaper

by Josh Bazell   (Little, Brown & Company)

Time is running out for a doctor and former hit man in the Witness Protection Program.  The lives he saves may include his own.  A dark, bizarre comedy.

Crossers by Philip Caputo  (Knopf)Crossers

Brutality and beauty on the Arizona-Mexico border.  A sweeping saga exploring how the power of the past can shape the future.  (Bastrop Library at this time only has this title in CD book)

Sworn to SilenceSworn to Silence by Linda Castillo  (St. Martin's Press)

A serial killer terrorizes an Amish community forcing Police Chief Kate Burkholder to confront a dark secret from her past.  Gripping suspense.

Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell  (HarperCollins)Agincourt

A retelling of the famous battle from the viewpoint of an archer.  A harsh world is brought to life with intricate detail as complex characters fight to survive.

Prayers for SalePrayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas  (St. Martin's Press)

A warm and satisfying Depression-era novel set in a Colorado mining town.  two women forge a friendship based on heartbreak, loss and a passionate love of quilting.

Sacred hearts by Sarah Dunant  (Random House)Sacred Hearts

The tranquil life of a Renaissance convent in Italy is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of an unwilling novice.  Sensuous and spellbinding.

The Cold Light of MourningThe Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan   (Minotaur Books)      Manicurist Penny Brannigan, living in North Wales, is drawn into the mystery of a missing bride.  Colorful characters and appealing village ambiance.

One Second After by William Fortschen  (Forge Books)One Second After

 After an Electromagnetic Pulse strikes the U.S.; all technology fails.  With no transportation, communication, food or medicine, how would you survive One Second After?

The Last Child by John Hart  (Minotaur Books)The Last Child

A young boy is on a mission to find his missing twin sister.  A dark mystery cloaked in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town.

Too Good to be True by Kristen Higgins  (HQN Books)Too Good to be True

 Featuring imaginary boyfriends, civil war reenactments and a sexy neighbor with a past, this humorous contemporary romance has both hope and heart.

The Walking PeopleThe Walking People by Mary Beth Keane  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

When three young Irish immigrants arrive in New York in 1963, destiny keeps them interconnected despite a huge, divisive secret.  Rich, masterful storytelling.

The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kin  (Henry Holt and Co.)The Calligrapher's Daughter

During Japan's brutal occupation of Korea, Najin rebels against traditional culture by pursuing education and love.  An enduring take of heartache and loss of faith.

EttaEtta by Gerald Kolpan  (Ballantine Books)

 A fictional biography of outlaw Etta Place.  Fast paced with famous faces on every page and a heroine who plays second fiddle to no one.

The Girl Who Played With Fireby Steig Larsson  (Knopf)Girl Who Played With Fire

Lisbeth Salander, genius hacker, meets Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist.  People die and Lisbeth is implicated.  Could Lisbeth kill? Yes. Murder? Maybe.

Border SongsBorder Songs by Jim Lynch  (Knopf)

Shenanigans on the US/Canadian border as uncovered by ungainly rookie Border policeman, Brandon Vanderkool.  Rag tag characters and quirky plot lines.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard  ( William Morrow)Labor Day

When 13-year old Henry befriends an injured stranger he learns how to throw a baseball, the secret to a perfect pie crust - and the power of betrayal.

The Forgotten GardenThe Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton  (Atria)

The mysteries surrounding an abandoned child found on an Australian dock, her only possession a rare gook of fairy tales, confound generations to come.  Maze like, multi-layered suspense.

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin  (Delacorte Press)Baking Cakes in Kigali

A grandmother's colorfully decorated cakes bring healing and understand to her Rwandan neighborhood.  a gentle read touching compassionately on modern African issues.

Dog on it:  A Chet and Bernie MysteryDog on it:  A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn  (Atria)

Chet the Jet, K-9 school dropout, runs The Little Detective Agency with his human, Bernie.  sharp plotting, and Chet's charming worldview are a treat.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett  (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)The Help

In the early 1960's a young white woman persuades the black maids of Jackson, Mississippi to tell their stories for publication.  Suspenseful and inspiring.

This is Where I Leave YouThis is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper  (Dutton)

Judd Foxman learns  of his wife's affair, then his father's death.  His estranged, resentful, dysfunctional family gathers to sit Shiva.  Hilarious, bittersweet and emotionally true.

Godmother:  The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon  (Three Rivers Press)Godmother:  The Secret Cinderella Story

In this fairy tale gone wrong, Cinderella's Godmother is banished to the human world.  Can she redeem herself and return to the fairy world?

Half Broke Horses:  A True Life NovelHalf Broke Horses:  A True Life Novel by Jeannette Walls  (Scribner)

Lily Casey Smith narrates her spectacular journey through a rough, audacious life in the early 20th Century Southwest.  A vivid story told in an unforgettable voice.

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth:  Stories by Kevin Wilson (Ecco Press/HarperCollins)Tunneling to the Center of the Earth:  Stories

An offbeat and intriguing collection.  These stories share a message of hope in an unpredictable world.