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.
All the Light We Cannot See
A New York Times bestseller and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner written over a span of ten years that is the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II. Doerr's intricately crafted characters have been described as "powerful examples of the way average people in trying times must decide daily between morality and survival."
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Developed from three years of research, this 2012 National Book Award winner portrays families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.
Culinary History of the Finger Lakes: From the Three Sisters to Riesling
Laura Winter Falk
Finger Lakes foodie and vinophile Laura Winter Falk explores the legacy and evolution from the Iroquois' Three Sisters—corn, squash and beans—to the farm-to-table restaurants that celebrate the harvest of their neighbors.
This bestselling novel was penned by a former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine who is also the author of two acclaimed memoirs. It follows Billie Breslin who has traveled from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York's most iconic food magazine. In a hidden room in the magazine's library, Billie finds the letters of a plucky twelve-year-old girl who corresponds with the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. The letters provide Billie with a deeper understanding of history—and the history of food.
The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner is comprised of 13 narratives centered on a small town in Maine and the unforgettable central character, Olive Kitteridge. A retired schoolteacher, she deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large, but she finds a deeper understanding of life and offers profound insights into the human condition.
People of the Book
Inspired by a true story, this fictional account traces the journey of rare manuscript through five centuries of history from clues such as an insect wing, a wine stain, salt crystals, and a white hair. This novel has been called "a complex love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson, and celebration of the enduring power of ideas."
Queen of the Fall
Queen of the Fall considers the lives of women, weaving together strands of the author's memory with vignettes to explore becoming a woman in late 1980s and early 1990s America. Queen of the Fall has been named by Writers & Books as the 2016 selection for If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book. Sonja Livingston's award-winning memoir Ghostbread was featured at FLCC's first Book Feast.
Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard
Illustrating the power of education, this is a nonfictional account of a professor who decides to teach Shakespeare to prisoners in solitary confinement in a supermax prison. A Finger Lakes Times review notes, "You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book. Shakespeare Saved My Life also reveals many important truths ... about the meaning of empathy in our dealings with others."
This New York Times bestseller is the premise for a movie by the same title. The novel, written by a neuroscientist, follows the life of an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease as she learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
A novel about a recently retired sales rep named Harold Fry who receives a letter from a friend he hasn't heard from in twenty years, Queenie Hennessy. Queenie is in hospice and writing to say goodbye. Harold decides to walk 600 miles across England to visit her, believing that as long as he walks, Queenie will live.
What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
This New York Times bestseller by a professor and former journalist offers a firsthand exploration of the extraordinary abilities and surprising, sometimes life-saving talents of "working dogs." The New York Times calls this book"a fascinating, deeply reported journey into the…amazing things dogs can do with their noses."
Wolves & Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World
Susan Brind Morrow
Wolves and Honey is grounded in the exploration of two eccentric personalities -- one a trapper, the other a beekeeper -- and their very different attitudes toward the world. While illuminating her own poignant relationships with these men who deeply influenced her, the author offers a meditation on the land itself -- specifically, the rich and storied Finger Lakes region.