Every year CPL's Lunch and a Book Club picks our favorite reads of the year. These are our favorite reads for 2013. Feel free to join us! We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon in CPL's Community Room.
And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
The aviator's wife: a novel by Melanie Benjamin
The birth house: a novel by Ami Mckay
The cutting season: a novel by Attica Locke
Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay
The fault in our stars by John Green
Annie's Ghosts: a Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg. As his mother lays dying, Steve Luxenberg learns a family secret. The mother he thought was an only child, had an older sister. A sister who had been declared insane and placed in Eloise Hospital, Wayne, Michigan. With his family's reluctant consent, Steve Luxenberg unravels the secret.
On Thursday January 9 at noon, we will be discussing:
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. People who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.
A history of the world in twelve maps by Jerry Brotton
Indochina and Vietnam: the thirty-five-year war 1940- 1975 by Robert L. Miller and Dennis Wainstock
The Resistance: the French fight against the Nazis by Matthew Cobb
The Venetians: a new history: from Marco Polo to Casanova by Paul Strathern
The death of Santini: the story of a father and his son by Pat Conroy
Elizabeth of York: a Tudor queen and her world by Alison Weir
Furious cool: Richard Pryor and the world that made him by David Henry and Joe Henry
The heir apparent: a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince by Jane Ridley
The kid: the immortal life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr
The last cowboy: a life of Tom Landry by Mark Ribowsky
Mozart by Paul Johnson
Conversations with myself by Nelson Mandela ; [foreword by Barack Obama]
Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Mandela, Nelson, 1918-
Mandela: a critical life by Tom Lodge
Young Mandela by David James Smith
Nelson Mandela: a biography by Martin Meredith
In his own words by Nelson Mandela ; edited by Kader Asmal, David Chidester, Wilmot James
Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman
Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright
One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
Days of God: the revolution in Iran and its consequences by James Buchan
History decoded: the ten greatest conspiracies of all time by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer ; with Keith Ferrell
Red fortress: history and illusion in the Kremlin by Catherine Merridale
JFK [videodisc] by written by Mark Zwonitzer ; produced and directed by Susan Bellows
Is school enough? [videodisc] by produced by Mobile Digital Arts in association with TPT National Productions ; produced and directed by Stephen Brown.
We steal secrets [videodisc]: the story of Wikileaks by Focus World presents a Jigsaw/Global Produce production ; an Alex Gibney film ; produced by Marc Shmuger, Alex Gibney, Alexis Bloom ; written and directed by Alex Gibney
Latino Americans [videodisc]: the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation by produced by Nina Alvarez, Adriana Bosch, Daniel McCabe, Cathleen O'Connell, Ray Telles, John Valadez ; directed by David Belton, Sonia Fritz
North America [videodisc] by produced by Adam Chapman, Justin Anderson, Mark Brownlow ; written by Sarah Kass, Max Salomon, Laura Fravel, James Manfull, Jeanine Isabel Butler
Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time by Artist Not Provided
Japan 1941: countdown to infamy by Eri Hotta
1941: the year that keeps returning by Slavko Goldstein ; translated from the Croatian by Michael Gable
The sea and civilization: a maritime history of the world by Lincoln Paine
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin
Tyranny of the weak: North Korea and the world, 1950- 1992 by Charles K. Armstrong
Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis ; illustrated by Dusan Petricic
The legend of the bluebonnet: an old tale of Texas by retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
The giving tree by Shel Silverstein
Brother sun, sister moon: the life and stories of St. Francis by Margaret Mayo ; illustrated by Peter Malone
The velveteen rabbit by retold and Illustrated by Komako Sakai ; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko
Small gifts in God's hands by Max Lucado ; illustrated by Cheri Bladholm
New and delightful cookbooks and memoirs highlighting cuisines from many cultures.
Mastering the art of Soviet cooking: a memoir of love and longing by Anya von Bremzen — This witty memoir captures the feasts and famines of three generations of Russian women.
Japanese soul cooking: ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat ; photography by Todd Coleman — Comfort food Japanese-style.
Mastering the art of French eating: lessons in food and love from a year in Paris by Ann Mah — When her diplomat husband is assigned to Paris, Ann plots gastronomic adventures à deux. But when he is called to Iraq on a year-long post, Ann must stay alone in the City of Light.
Notes from the larder: a kitchen diary with recipes by Nigel Slater ; photographs by Jonathan Lovekin — British food writer Slater muses on a year in the kitchen--including a personal selection of simple and seasonal recipes.
Collision low crossers: a year inside the turbulent world of NFL football by Nicholas Dawidoff
Going Deep: how wide receivers became the most compelling figures in pro sports by Cris Carter with Jeffri Chadiha
The system: the glory and scandal of big-time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
The bully pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Camelot's court: inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek
Dr. J: the autobiography by Julius Erving, with Karl Taro Greenfeld
From exile to Washington: a memoir of leadership in the twentieth century by W. Michael Blumenthal
The heart of everything that is: the untold story of Red Cloud, an American legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Johnny Cash: the life by Robert Hilburn
Nicholson: a biography by Marc Eliot
What's so funny?: my hilarious life by Tim Conway ; with Jane Scovell
Manhunt— Boston bombers [videodisc] by a NOVA production ; produced and directed by Miles O'Brien
The search for Robert Johnson [videodisc]: the real story of the greatest folk blues guitar player that ever lived by produced and directed by Chris Hunt.
Treasures of New York [videodisc] by WLIW21 in association with WNET
Nureyev [videodisc]: a portrait by producer and director, Patricia Foy
Richard III [videodisc]: martyr or monster? by produced by Coda Publishing ; written and directed by Bob Carruthers
The waiting room [videodisc] by Docurama ; directed by Peter Nicks
Agent 146 [Large print]: the true story of a Nazi spy in America by Erich Gimpel ; foreword by Charles Whiting
Rules of betrayal [Large print]: a novel by Christopher Reich
The wolf at the door [Large print] by Jack Higgins
Pirate alley [large print]: a novel by Stephen Coonts
Deliver us from evil [Large print] by David Baldacci
Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM. No registration required, participation encouraged.
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th
Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th
Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th
The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th
The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th