• Twelve Years a Slave

    By Solomon Northup (306.362 Nort)

    This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family - a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the Deep South. His extraordinary journey proves the resiliency of hope and the human spirit despite the most grueling and formidable of circumstances.

     


  • The Reader

    By Bernhard Schlink (Fic Schl)

    When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael realizes that Hanna is guarding a secret more shameful than murder.

     


  • The Martian

    By Andy Weir (SF Weir)

    An edge-of-your seat debut thriller with laugh-out-loud dialogue mixed in. After a bad storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short, injured astronaut Mark Watley is stranded. Now he’s got to figure out how to survive without air, shelter, food, or water on the harsh Martian landscape until the next manned mission in four years.

     


  • The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

    By Michael Punke (W Punk)

    The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman, and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.

     


  • Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen (The Theory of Everything)

    By Jane Hawking (B Hawk)

    Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and the author of the scientific bestseller A Brief History of Time, which has sold more than 25 million copies. In this compelling memoir, his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage.

     


  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    By Chris Kyle (B Kyle)

    Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war. And in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

     


  • Still Alice

    By Lisa Genova (Fic Geno)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.

     


  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Hugo)

    By Brian Selznick (J Selz)

    When Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

     


  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    By Stieg Larsson (Fic Lars)

    Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander investigate the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, which took place forty years ago.

     


  • The Descendants

    By Kaui Hart Hemmings (Fic Hemm)

    A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters--ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex--as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from life-support.

     


  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    By Matthew Quick (Fic Quic)

    Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending―the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.

     


  • Q & A: A Novel (Slumdog Millionaire)

    By Vikas Swarup (Fic Swar)

    Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil—and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.

     


  • The Help

    By Kathryn Stockett (Fic Stoc)

    Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.

     

Date:  Friday, January 1, 2016