2010 Lariat Reading List


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The Best of 2009's Adult Fiction

Amick, Steve. Nothing But a Smile. Pantheon.

WWII America brings struggling Wink and Sally together making artful pinup photos. Affection becomes romance as they build a business, outrun the mob, and fall in love.

Bazell, Josh. Beat the Reaper. Little, Brown and Company.

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

Caputo, Philip. Crossers. Knopf.

Brutality and beauty on the Arizona-Mexico border. A sweeping saga exploring how the power of the past shapes the future.

Castillo, Linda. Sworn to Silence. 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.

Cornwell, Bernard. Agincourt. HarperCollins.

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.

Dallas, Sandra. Prayers for Sale. 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.

Dunant, Sarah. Sacred Hearts. Random House.

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

Duncan, Elizabeth J. The Cold Light of Mourning. Minotaur Books.

Manicurist Penny Brannigan, living in North Wales, is drawn into the mystery of a missing bride. Colorful characters and appealing village ambience.

Fortschen, William F. One Second After. Forge Books.

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?

Hart, John. The Last Child. Minotaur Books.

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.

Higgins, Kristen. Too Good to be True. HQN Books.

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

Keane, Mary Beth. The Walking People. 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.

Kim, Eugenia. The Calligrapher’s Daughter. Henry Holt and Co.

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

Kolpan, Gerald. Etta. 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.

Larsson, Steig. The Girl Who Played With Fire. Knopf.

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

Lynch, Jim. Border Songs. Knopf.

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

Maynard, Joyce. Labor Day. William Morrow.

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.

Morton, Kate. The Forgotten Garden. Atria.

The mysteries surrounding an abandoned child found on an Australian dock, her only possession a rare book of fairytales, confound generations to come. Mazelike, multi-layered suspense.

Parkin, Gaile. Baking Cakes in Kigali. Delacorte Press.

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

Quinn, Spencer. Dog on it: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. 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.

Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam.

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.

Tropper, Jonathan. This is Where I Leave You. 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, emotionally true.

Turgeon, Carolyn. Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story.  Three Rivers Press.

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?

Walls, Jeannette. Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel. 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.

Wilson, Kevin. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories. Ecco Press / HarperCollins.

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

Created on May 23, 2010 | Last updated April 27, 2012