The Fall Literature Circles are coming–and all students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Choose a title from the list, read it, and join the relaxed, insightful discussions. All books are owned by the library, but copies are limited and going FAST.

Book Choices for the Fall 2012 Literature Circles

Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds

Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her toddler brother Travis are abandoned at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend.  They are left with their grandparents’ phone number written in black magic marker on Travis’s back and their mother’s favorite housecoat.  Seven years later Tessa is driven to follow-up on clues to her mother’s whereabouts.  Tessa’s search for her mother becomes a journey of self-discovery that will touch the hearts of readers.

Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Enzo, a lab terrier mix, narrates this compelling story of the heartbreaking string of tragedies that befall his owner Denny, wife Eve, and sweet daughter Zoe.  While longing to be a human in his next life, Enzo’s loyalty to Denny and his wise insight into human behavior make this delightful book a must-read for everyone who has a canine companion.

Fade Away by Harlan Coben

Although Myron Bolitar is currently a sports agent, his past experience includes a stint in professional basketball and as an undercover FBI agent.   For those reasons, he is recruited by the owner of the New Jersey Dragons to find a missing basketball star.  The fast-paced, suspenseful search for the missing player is fraught with unsavory thugs involved in murder, revenge and blackmail.


Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman

Cory Friedman is diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at the age of five.  He suffers from extreme OCD, has uncontrollable urges to scream and makes violent physical movements.  Cory tells his own very personal story of the many different drug and behavioral treatment programs that he was subjected to over a thirteen year period.   Cory’s struggle for a cure and the pervasive effect on his family is a very personal, moving account of a frequently misunderstood disease.

Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner and Quincy Troupe

Growing-up with a negligent mother and abusive stepfather strengthens Chris Gardner’s determination to achieve the American Dream.  Readers will learn the details of his difficult childhood and life prior to his struggles as a homeless father trying to make it as a financial analyst in San Francisco.  This autobiographical account provides the background for the hit movie.

Kabul School of Beauty: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlsen

While on a mission trip to Afghanistan, Deborah Rodriguez learned that her skills as a hairdresser were sought after by the Afghan women.  With the help of corporate and private donors, Rodriguez leaves her Michigan home and opens the Kabul Beauty School in 2003.  Rodriguez and her students learn much from each other about their respective cultural customs and languages.  Their shared experiences will fascinate readers.

Dates/times/locations of Fall Literature Circles


Chester campus:

Wed., Oct. 31    12-12:45    Nicholas Center, room 102A

Thurs., Nov. 1    12-12:45    Nicholas Center, room 102A


Midlothian campus:

Wed., Oct. 31    12-12:45    H103

Thurs., Nov. 1    12-12:45    H103

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