The 2012 Lariat List is now available. This list is for adult books and are chosen for the fact that they are that are "a pleasure to read." Give some of these a try, and let us know if you agree with the individuals that chose them. There is also a bibliography of these books available in the library. Happy reading!
CIA Operative Sam Capra is on the run—his pregnant wife kidnapped, and his London office obliterated. I one terrifying moment, he loses everything. Branded a murderer and traitor, he begins a desperate search for the truth.
A veterinarian and animal activist, Helena continues to care about the friends and animals she loves even after her death. Unable to move one, she observes their grief and struggles as they learn to live without her.
FIC BAKER Sisters of the Sari
A touching and funny introduction to the traditional culture of Southern India, seen through the friendship of wealthy Canadian CEO Kiria Langdon, and former slave-turned-housekeeper, Santoshi.
This engaging portrait of early colonial America explores the secret friendship between Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and Bethiam, the headstrong daughter of a minister.
SF CLINE Ready Player One
A love song to all things geek. In 2044, teenager Wade lives and competes in a virtual reality contest for the world’s greatest fortune. Living through his avatar, he discovers reality.
An engaging courtroom thriller set against the backdrop of the current foreclosure crisis. Mickey Haller delivers the defense of his career on behalf of an unstable client accused of murdering her loan officer.
SF COREY Leviathan Wakes
When Jim Holden discovers an abandoned ship in the rings of Saturn, the mystery he finds will hurtle the entire solar system towards all-out war. A fresh take on space opera.
Bearing the scars of the foster care system and now homeless, Victoria communicates in the mutable language of yellow roses, thistle, and hazel. Searching for a way to heal her troubled past, she finds her home in flowers.
FIC FELDMAN Next to Love
What happened after the sailor kissed the girl? This finely wrought story of three women and their families examines American society during and after World War II.
Midwestern college baseball player, Henry Skrimshander, seems destined for the major leagues, but when a routine throw goes disastrously off-course, the fates of five people are upended. A moving meditation on desire and what happens when you succeed or fail to get what you want.
FIC HARRIGAN Remember Ben Clayton
This compelling tale sweeps from the days of the Comanche in Texas to the devastating battlefields of World War I. A Texas rancher struggles with how to make peace with the wartime death of his son, and his quest for the perfect memorial will unravel the lives of everyone involved.
FIC & AD FIC HART Iron House
A professional killer attempts to extricate himself from a ferocious crime syndicate who is using his family as leverage. Raised in a barbaric orphanage, Michael returns to Iron House to put the ghosts of his past to rest. A well-crafted thriller with heart.
FIC, AD FIC, & LP FIC HOFFMAN The Red Garden
Three hundred years of history unfold through interwoven short stories, revealing the magic of place and community in small-town Massachusetts.
Sisters, secrets, and deception devastate two African-American families in 1980s Atlanta. A lyrical narrative richly depicts the complexities of these flawed yet sympathetic characters.
FIC & AD FIC JORDAN When She Woke
Hannah’s skin has been dyed red by the state of Texas as punishment for having an abortion. Now she must embark on a dangerous journey in order to find refuge from a hostile society.
Thirteen-year-old Jubie struggles with adolescence, racial segregation, and her parents failing marriage with the support of Mary, the family’s African American maid. A brilliant, heart-felt snapshot of the Jim Crow South.
FIC MCNEAL To Be Sung Underwater
An unflinching look at how the choices we make shape our lives, how regret can make us come undone, and how second chances aren’t always what you imagine.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves, only open at night. A bewitching love story, magicians Celia and Marco are bound from childhood in a fierce competition. Who will triumph in this exquisite world of shifting illusions?
Malcolm Fox, a detective working for Internal Affairs, or “The Complaints,” performs the unenviable task of investigating his fellow officers. He discovers hidden agendas with far-reaching consequences in this Edinburgh police procedural.
The emotional and life-affirming story of Lynnie, a developmentally impaired girl placed in a deplorable institution at a young age. Forced to give up her newborn, Lynnie entrusts her child to Martha, a retired school teacher. This extraordinary love story gives us a window into a world that few have glimpsed.
Written entirely in verse, this “coming of middle age” story follows Holly, facing fifty and menopause with humor and wit. Mixing in a quirky aging mother, a teenager about to leave home, and a husband who may be unfaithful, what you get is a hilarious caper that tells it like it is.
Controversy erupts when a Muslim architect wins a design contest for a 9/11 memorial in New York City. A novel that raises more questions than it answers.
Who do you trust to tell you who you are? Every morning Christine wakes with no memory or recognition of her face in the mirror. She discovers her own journal with the chilling warning: don’t trust Ben. A taut psychological thriller.