Texas Library Association Lariat Reading List 2017

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Exciting news for adult readers who are looking for titles that are a pleasure to read.  The Texas Library Association has a committee dedicated to putting together a list of outstanding fiction.  Each year the committee puts together a list of titles that merit special attention for adult readers.  These are book that have been published within the past 2 years.  The current list features titles from 2015-2016.  Readers are able to view previous lists dating back to 2009.

The Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List was started in 2008 when Corinne Hill approached TLA to start a list for adults that would be a “pleasure to read.”  Former TLA President, Melody Kelly, bestowed the name, “Lariat.”  The Lariat Task Force was started on April 3, 2009.  Since then, the selection of 25 outstanding fiction titles of the year have been carried out in various ways.

Current Titles Include

A Gentleman in Moscow~Towles, Amor
Charming Russian aristocrat Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to lifetime house arrest in the Metropol Hotel near the Kremlin in the 1920s.

All the Missing Girls~Miranda, Megan
Written in reverse chronological order, All the Missing Girls follows narrator Nicolette Farrell, who returns to her hometown of Cooley Ridge, North Carolina, and unwittingly opens a box of secrets that were carefully hidden ten years ago when her best friend went missing at a local fair.

Another Brooklyn~Woodson, Jacqueline
In this coming-of-age story, August and her group of friends navigate growing up in Brooklyn during a turbulent decade.

Aurora~Robinson, Kim Stanley
Generations after a colony ship has left earth to settle the new home of Aurora, the passengers find themselves forced to reconsider their mission.

Be Frank with Me~Johnson, Julia Claiborne
Alice is sent by M. M. Banning’s publisher to handle the reclusive author’s personal affairs and brilliant but eccentric son Frank so that the author can concentrate on finishing her long-awaited second novel.

Binti~Okorafor, Nnedi
For Binti to claim her scholarship at the intergalactic Oomza University far from her Himba family on Earth, she steals away at night, only to find that her dreams will come with a high cost.

Challenger Deep~Shusterman, Neal
High school student Caden Bosch struggles with the alternate pain and allure of mental illness that is illustrated by his forays into the Marianas Trench.

Dark Matter~Crouch, Blake
Scientist Jason Dessen’s world is stolen from him, and he must travel through the multiverse to find a way back to his wife, son, and life.

The Forgotten Room~White, Karen, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
A forgotten room and the secrets it holds connect three generations of working class women in 20th century New York City.

Good Morning, Midnight~Brooks-Dalton, Lily
When catastrophe strikes, aging astronomer Augustine and the mysterious Iris live in isolation at a research post in the Arctic.  At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan and her crew attempt to return home after a journey to Jupiter.

Here Comes the Sun~Dennis-Benn, Nicole
Margot works at a resort in Jamaica to help send her sister Thandi to a good school.  As Margot tries to get ahead, she finds herself falling into illicit trades that she must keep from her family and the woman she loves.

Homegoing~Gyasi, Yaa
Beginning in 18th century Gold Coast, Homegoing follows several generations of two branches of a family tree.  One branch remains in Africa while the other is sold to the slave trade in America.  Both tackle issues of slavery, colonialism, and heritage.

I Let You Go~Mackintosh, Clare
Jenna Gray’s life changes in the blink of an eye following a horrible accident.  She moves to a remote cottage in hopes of starting a new life, but the nightmares won’t stop, and she is soon forced to face her past.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things~Reid, Iain
Jake takes his girlfriend to meet his parents, but nothing feels quite right.  Her apprehension quickly escalates to fear as Jake’s behavior becomes less and less predictable.

Last Days of Night~Moore, Graham
The struggle for control of, credit for, and innovation in the race for electrical dominance is told through the eyes of Paul Cravath, the lawyer hired by George Westinghouse for suits between him and Thomas Edison.

Lily and the Octopus~Rowley, Steven
Ted and his dachshund Lily are best friends.  They just “get” each other.  When the tumorous “Octopus” appears, Ted resolves to defeat it.

Midnight Sun~Nesbo, Jo
On the run after betraying Oslo’s most notorious criminal “The Fisherman,” Jon hides in a small, insular town north of the Arctic Circle where he is confronted by a taciturn widow, a chatty boy, and the mistakes of his past.

The Moon in the Palace~Randel, Weina Dai
With intelligence and resourcefulness, Mei navigates the challenges of love, loyalty, and rivalry in the Emperor’s court in ancient China.

My Name is Lucy Barton~Strout, Elizabeth
In 1980’s New York, Lucy’s emotionally detached mother visits her while she recovers from surgery and leads them both to think about their relationship and how to reconcile the past.

News of the World~Jiles, Paulette
Set in 1870, an aging itinerant news reader is tasked with returning a resistant, white child kidnapped by the Kiowa nation back to her family near San Antonio, Texas.

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin~Knipper, Stephanie
On a commercial flower farm in Kentucky, themes of family, loss, forgiveness, sacrifice, and miracles are explored through the actions of Antoinette, her family, and her unusual condition.

The Short Drop~FitzSimmons, Matthew
Gibson Vaughn’s childhood friend Suzanne disappeared without a trace when she was 14.  Now that her father is poised to be elected the next U.S. President, Gibson tries to find out what happened to her by using his unique skills as a hacker and former Marine.

Sleeping Giants~Neuvel, Sylvain
A girl falls down a hole and into a giant hand made of an alien material.  A covert investigation is triggered to explain and explore the hand’s purpose in this sci-fi thriller.

Time of Departure~Schofield, Douglas
Claire is the youngest female Florida State Prosecutor to be promoted to Felony Division Chief.  When a road construction crew uncovers the skeletal remains of two women, Claire reopens a 30-year-old case involving a string of unsolved abductions that are strangely tied to her past.

What She Knew~Macmillan, Gilly
Rachel’s son is missing.  The longer the investigation continues, the more she realizes the dangers posed by people she thought she could trust.

A Gentleman in Moscow      All the Missing Girls      Another Brooklyn        Aurora        Be Frank With Me

Binti        Challenger Deep      Dark Matter      The Forgotten Room     Good Morning, Midnight

Here Comes the Sun      Homegoing     I Let You Go       I'm Thinking of Ending Things      Last Days of Night

Lily and the Octopus       Midnight Sun      The Moon in the Palace       My Name Is Lucy Barton     News of the World

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin       The Short Drop     Sleeping Giants        Time of Departure        What She Knew

Reka Reynolds
Emily Fowler Central Library