Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Lariat List

Looking for something to read? Maybe something on the 2011 Lariat Reading List, a list of recommended adult fiction from the Texas Library Association, will rope your interest.

Have you read any of these books already? What'd you think?

Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer
On the eve of World War II, when Life photojournalist Claire Shipley files a story about the development of penicillin, she stumbles upon corporate espionage and murder. An enlightening look at life before antibiotics.
Holy Rollers by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Frustrated in their searches for Mr. Right, three women turn to the pulpit looking for love. Self reflection follows as the women realize that loving and living is serious business. Readers ride through the highs and lows of rejection, respect and relationships.
House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Teenager Sebastian Prendergast is thrown from the sheltered world of his eccentric, Buckminster-Fuller-worshiping Nana into the life of a family struggling with monumental issues. An off-beat, humorous read.
Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
London, 1752. Seventeen year-old Agnes Trussel becomes an assistant to a master fireworks maker. What will happen when her pregnancy becomes known? Captivating and colorful historical fiction.
Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
Detective Dave Robicheaux is on the hunt for a serial killer in his own backyard of southern Louisiana. His daughter's boyfriend might be one of the suspects. Strong, colorful characters drive this hard-boiled thriller.
The Name Partner by Carlos Cisneros
Ambitious South Texas attorney Guillermo "Billy" Bravo struggles with ethics when a complex pharmaceutical case becomes personal. Fast-paced suspense with lots of twists and turns.
Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
Step into the world of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet and his wife/muse Camille. Amidst the colorful stories of their circle of struggling artists, their unruly love story unfolds. A deeply felt, vividly told tale of art history.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Five-year-old Jack and his mother live as resourceful prisoners in the small room that is their universe. Will they escape? A harrowing emotional drama you will never forget.
City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris Saudi desert guide Nayir and forensic technician Katya link disparate events leading to kidnapping and murder. A thought provoking mystery revealing women's lives beneath the veil. A fascinating read.
Juliet by Anne Fortier
American Julie Jacobs is shocked to learn she is a descendant of Guiletta Tolomei immortalized by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. As she traces her ancestry she begins to fear that old curse, "A plague on both your houses!" is still at work — and she is the next target. An unusual premise in a beautiful setting.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Small town Mississippi Constable Silas Jones investigates the disappearance of a local girl. His former childhood friend Larry Ott is the main suspect. Racial tensions and family secrets abound in this tight psychological thriller.
Live To Tell by Lisa Gardner
Detective D. D. Warren's investigation of a family annihilation leads her to a juvenile psychiatric ward where personal demons come back to haunt her. An intense and fast-paced thriller.
Dog Boy by Eva Hornung
Abandoned and alone, four-year-old Romochka, finds both home and family with feral dogs in post-apocalyptic Moscow. Gritty, not for the faint of heart.
They're Watching by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
Patrick Davis is failing in his career and marriage; who would want to stalk him? But incoming mysterious DVDs and phone calls show someone is doing just that. Plot twists keep the reader guessing until the very end.
So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
Washed-up filmmaker Eric Shaw arrives in West Baden, Indiana to research the life of a reclusive billionaire. After sampling the town’s famous "Pluto Water” his nightmares begin. A gothic chiller.
Breaking Out of Bedlam by Leslie Larson
After her children put her in assisted living, feisty octogenarian Cora Sledge records her life story in a journal and plots her escape. Hilarious and heartwarming.
Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
During a reprieve from his dementia, Ptolemy Grey puts his life in order and darn near adopts a homeless girl. Great realistic dialog drives this novel about an unexpected relationship and the power of memory.
Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
A young Hungarian man moves to Paris to study architecture and falls in love with a ballet teacher nine years older. Both Jewish, their lives as well as their families are torn apart by World War II. A top-notch historical epic.
Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
The man who went to prison for killing her father 23 years ago is back on the streets. Should Jody Linder believe new rumors of his innocence? Surprise and suspense electrify a small town in Kansas.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Major Pettigrew, a widower in a small English village, faces racism and resistance to change when he falls in love with a Pakistani shopkeeper. A sweet, leisurely paced comedy of manners.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Realtor Annie Sullivan is kidnapped and held captive in a secluded mountain cabin. Will she survive? A suspenseful debut novel with unpredictable elements.
The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
Living in the Tower of London with The Royal Menagerie and a cast of eccentric characters, Beefeater Balthazar Jones finds his life at a crossroads as he deals with the death of his son, his crumbling marriage and his 180-year-old runaway tortoise. Funny, touching and quirky.
Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Kate Gough smuggles Lutheran bibles into Henry VIII's England. To be caught by Thomas More would mean death at the stake. Tense and compelling historical fiction.
Think of a Number by John Verdon
A retired detective is drawn into a complex puzzle laid out by a killer who asks his victims to "think of a number." This cunning perpetrator knows when your number is up. A brainy thriller.
Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda
When Austin journalist Sandy Saavedra is reluctantly transformed into a successful gossip blogger, the resultant celebrity spillover into her real life leads to surprising outcomes. Laugh your way through a novel well seasoned with blog posts, emails and the advice column "Just ask the Chupacabra."

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