Adult Book Lists: Texas Library Association Lariat List 2014

[Printable book list]

From the Texas Library Association Lariat List website:
"The annual list of Lariat award winners calls attention to outstanding fiction published during the year that merit special attention from adult readers. The main criteria for selecting books for the Lariat List is that they are 'a pleasure to read.'"

Jo Baker / FIC BAKER
Longbourn (also in audiobook and ebook)
A look behind-the-scenes of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, into the world of the servants of the Bennet household.

Max Barry / FIC BARRY
Lexicon (also in large print)
There is an organization that teaches "poets" to make words into weapons for unknown purposes. Emily Ruff excels in their world, until committing a huge error, falling in love. Years later, Wil Parke is dealing with the fallout that their connected lives bring about.

Tara Conklin / FIC CONKLIN
The House Girl
A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Therese Fowler / FIC FOWLER
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald: It follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

Neil Gaiman / SF GAIMAN
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (also in ebook)
Coming home where he grew up as a child, the narrator remembers the time 40 years ago and the farm of Lettie Hempstock, a girl he hasn't thought about for a long time. When they were children, a force was unleashed that threatened both their lives, and she swore to protect him, not matter what.

Robert Galbraith / MYS GALBRAIT
The Cuckoo's Calling (also in ebook)
Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as private detective. Then a golden opportunity falls into his lap. Supermodel Lula Landry, "The Cuckoo," allegedly jumped to her death a few months before, but her brother knows she would never commit suicide and wants Strike to prove it.

Khaled Hosseini / FIC HOSSEINI
And the Mountains Echoed (also in ebook)
Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari is everything.

Hannah Kent / FIC KENT
Burial Rites (also in ebook)
Based on an actual Icelandic event, Agnes is sent to an isolated farm to await execution, after being accused of murdering two men. The family that lives at the farm at first avoids her. As Agnes's death looms, however, the farmer's wife and daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Pierre Lamaître / MYS LEMAITRE
Alex
Alex Prevost is resourceful, tough, and no ordinary victim of kidnapping, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Veroeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

Anthony Marra / FIC MARRA
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (also in ebook)
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized eight-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.

Becky Masterman / MYS MASTERMA
Rage Against the Dying
Brigid Quinn takes an early retirement from hunting sexual predators for the FBI. Then a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the murder of her young protégée, Jessica, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. The new agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away, no matter the cost.

Jennifer McVeigh / FIC MCVEIGH
The Fever Tree
South Africa, 1880. Frances Irvine, destitute after her father's death, is forced to abandon wealth and privilege in London and immigrate to the Cape. There she becomes entangled with the dark heart of the diamond mines and two men. Torn between passion and integrity, she makes a choice that has devastating consequences.

Philipp Meyer / FIC MEYER
The Son (also in large print and audiobook)
Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong. A journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that continues through future generations in Texas.

David Morrell / MYS MORRELL
Murder as a Fine Art
Thomas De Quincey is the major suspect in a series of murders. The blueprint for the killings seems to be his essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

Jojo Moyes / FIC MOYES
Me Before You (also in audiobook)
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has never left her tiny village. She takes a job working for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life and is sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is difficult, but Lou refuses to back down. She also comes to care a lot more for him than she expected to. When she learns that Will has an escape plan, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Lisa O'Donnell / FIC ODONNELL
The Death of Bees
Trying to keep the death of their parents a secret, Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own until several residents in Glasgow's Hazelhurst housing estate suspect that something is not right.

Suzanne Rindell / FIC RINDELL
The Other Typist
Working as a typist for the New York PD in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals. While searching for nurturing companionship, she becomes obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.

Rainbow Rowell / YP FIC ROWELL
Fangirl
Feeling cast-off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

Anthony Ryan / SF RYAN
Blood Song: A Raven's Shadow Novel
Left by his father with the Brothers of the Sixth Order to train as a defender of the Faith and of the Realm, ten-year-old Vaelin Al Sorna grows up hating his father for abandoning him. Developing into a natural leader, Vaelin becomes increasingly involved in the politics and practice of war. He soon finds , though, that he is the target of assassination attempts by unknown enemies.

Nina Schuyler / FIC SCHUYLER
The Translator
After an accident, renowned translator Hanne Schubert loses the ability to speak nothing but Japanese. Feeling isolated in an English speaking world, she leaves for a conference in Japan. After being accused of mistranslating the work of a Japanese novelist, Hanne decides to find the Noh actor the writing was based on. In her interactions with him, she finds a new understanding of herself and her relationship with her estranged daughter.

Maria Semple / FIC SEMPLE
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Graeme Simsion / FIC SIMSION
The Rosie Project
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

Abigail Tarttelin / FIC TARTTELI
Golden Boy
Max Walker is a golden boy. Karen, Max's mother, is a highly successful criminal lawyer, and her husband, Steve, is running for Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives. The Walkers are hiding something about Max. Max is intersex. With that secret about to come out, Max wonders what else is being hidden from him. Max has to deal with these questions and figure out who he really is.

Michael J. Totten / book on order
Taken
Journalist Michael J. Totten is taken from his home in the night by terrorists and hauled bound and gagged to a remote house in the wilderness. So begins a harrowing journey across three states with a ruthless band of killers and sadists, and after all escape attempts fail, Totten faces a terrible question: What if the only way out is to join them?

Helene Wecker / SF WECKER
The Golem and the Jinni
Two supernatural creatures appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem. When her master dies on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift. Ahmad is a jinni. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Struggling to make their way in this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their neighbors while masking their true natures.