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Featured Books

Choose a title listed here to read in advance of your dinner and book discussion. Discover new insights on a favorite book or one of these that you are just discovering. The mystery is who will be sitting next to you sharing a similar appreciation for the book you selected. Faculty and friends of FLCC, and in some cases, the book authors, will lead discussions.

Books are available at FLCC in the Charles J. Meder Library or may be purchased at the FLCC bookstore, The Book Nook. For questions, call (585)785-1421.

Running the Rift

Running the Rift

Naomi Benaron

Running the Rift is a coming-of-age story of young Tutsi Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country's first Olympic medal winner in track. In 2010 Barbara Kingsolver awarded this novel the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Born Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious AppetiteBorn Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious Appetite

Frank Bruni

Born Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious Appetite is a heartbreaking and hilarious account that will delight anyone interested in matters of family, matters of the heart, and the big role food plays in both. Bruni grew up in a big, loud Italian family where meals were epic, outsize affairs. At those meals, he demonstrated one of his foremost qualifications for his future career as chief restaurant critic forThe New York Times: an epic, outsize appetite for food. This memoir explores the question:  How does a committed eater embrace food without being undone by it?

BruceBruce

Peter Ames Carlin

Bruce is a New York Times bestselling biography and the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself. A must read for fans, Bruce is a meticulously researched, compulsively readable biography of a man laden with family tragedy, a tremendous dedication to his artistry, and an all-consuming passion for fame and influence.

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

Laura Esquivel

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies is a magical tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico.  Each chapter begins with a recipe, which is not surprising, since so much of the action centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family.  Readers will savor this novel's winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

Chrystia Freeland

Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else reveals the consequences of concentrating the world's wealth into fewer and fewer hands. Propelled by fascinating original interviews with the plutocrats themselves, Plutocrats is a tour de force of social and economic history, the definitive examination of inequality in our time. In 2012, this book was selected as a Financial Times Best Book of the Year.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki shares his insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—which are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

Train Dreams

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson

Train Dreams is an epic in miniature. It is the story of Robert Grainier, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century - an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West, this novella captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. Kahneman, a renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave is a gripping autobiography of his years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation after he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate account as he tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced 30 years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture, and as a slave, reduced to total bondage and submission.

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson

Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille. The family house is in the small Far West town where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival. Acclaimed writer Doris Lessing said, "This is not a novel to be hurried through, for every sentence is a delight."

The Circles God DrawsThe Circles God Draws

Ruth Holland Scott

The Circles God Draws is a memoir which traces her remarkable journey from a segregated school in Albion, Michigan to become the first African-American woman to lead the Rochester City Council.  Her book spans decades of opportunity and challenge, from post-Depression years through World War II to today, detailing her life as an educator and businesswoman. Dr. Scott has led the way for many women to become politically active and her message remains: "Be true to yourself."

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail chronicles her solo hike across more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state.  Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.