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The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

June (2016):

by: Richard Lockridge

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By:  Heng Ou

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By:  Sara Davidson

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By:  Peter Rudiak-Gould

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By:  Jane Austen

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By:  Una Lamarche

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By:  Anne Bronte

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By:  Nan Rossiter

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June (2015) Reading Selection:

The Light Between Oceans
by: M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. 

May (2015) Reading Selection:

Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities
by: Jeff Mapes

Pedaling Revolution is essential reading for the approximately one million people who regularly ride their bike to work or on errands, for anyone engaged in transportation, urban planning, sustainability, and public health—and for drivers trying to understand why they’re seeing so many cyclists. All will be interested in how urban bike activists are creating the future of how we travel and live in twenty-first-century cities. 

April (2015) Reading Selection:

The Thing with Feathers
by: Noah Strycker

Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

March (2015) Reading Selection:

I am Spock
by: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard's memoir of his fascinating career and the strange, complicated, wonderful relationship he has had with his alter ego, Spock, and the phenomenon that is Star Trek. Rest in Peace, Spock. You are loved by all. Shop his LLAP items here: http://www.shopllap.com

February (2015) Reading Selection:

Dad is Fat
by: Jim Gaffigan

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s FatherhoodDad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

January (2015) Reading Selection:

LIT  (A Memoir)
by: Mary Karr

 Lit follows the self-professed black-belt sinner's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness--and to her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blue-blood poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. 

December (2014) Reading Selection:

The Giver (Now a major motion picture)

by: Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

November (2014) Reading Selection:

Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change

by: Stephanie Marohn

For millennia, woman have been without a strong leadership voice in human affairs. No more! Women are now in positions of power in every branch of government, business, and social organization. They are providing a new style of collaborative and visionary leadership, which is changing the way society functions. Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change is an anthology that celebrates these values. 
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October (2014) Reading Selection:

Horse, Foot, And Dragoons: Sketches Of Army Life At Home And Abroad (1887)

by: Rufus F. Zogbaum

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
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September (2014) Reading Selection:

No River too Wide

by: Emile Richards

Some betrayals are like rivers, so deep, so wide, they can't be crossed. But—for those with enough courage—forgiveness, redemption and love may be found on the other side. On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can't resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie in Asheville, North Carolina, before she disappears forever.

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August (2014) Reading Selection:

One Woman Farm

by: Jenna Woginrich

Jenna Woginrich’s inspiring journey from city cubicle to rural homestead has captivated readers of her blog and previous books. Now, in One-Woman Farm, Woginrich shares the joys, sorrows, trials, epiphanies, and blessings she discovers during a year spent farming on her own land, finding deep fulfillment in the practical tasks and timeless rituals of the agricultural life.

July (2014) Reading Selection:

The Glass Castle

by: Jeannette Walls

Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
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June (2014) Reading Selection:

Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber

by: Adele Lang

When weasel-eyed tax inspectors question her claims, Katya is forced to keep a financial diary. As well as documenting the cruel and parsimonious ways of her ad agency boss, Katya waxes lyrical about putting up with loser friends, mortal enemies, and thoroughly bad restaurants. She also throws in a candid account of her love life, in case it is tax deductible. A private account of expenses rapidly becomes, through Katya’s chronic delusions of grandeur, a matter of public record: first as a tawdry gossip column, then as a salacious book, and finally as a Hollywood B movie.
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May (2014) Reading Selection:

The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You

by: Jessica Alba

As a new mom, Jessica Alba wanted to create the safest, healthiest environment for her family. But she was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner. In 2012, with environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable. The Honest Life shares the insights and strategies she gathered along the way.
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April (2014) Reading Selection:

The Daily Writer
by:  Fred White

Make Writing a Part of Your Daily Routine

It isn't always easy to carve out time to devote meaningful thought and energy to your writing. Hectic schedules, distractions, and creative blocks all too often interrupt the dream - postpone it for another day.
But with 366 provocative entries - each addressing a specific facet of the writing craft, and accompanied by an in-depth reflection and a stimulating exercise - The Daily Writer provides you with easy entry points into that elusive space where words matter most and helps you to embrace writing as a way of seeing the world.(Official Website)  
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March (2014) Reading Selection:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by:  Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson's #1 bestselling mystery featuring Lisbeth Salander is now a major motion picture directed by David Fincher, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, from Columbia Pictures/Sony. In theaters December 2011. The first volume in the Millennium Trilogy, and an international publishing sensation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.(Official Website)  

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February (2014) Reading Selection:

by:  Sara Zarr

As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. (Official Website)  

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January (2014) Reading Selection:

How to be an American Housewife
by:  Margaret Dilloway

When Shoko decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan, she had her parents' blessing, her brother's scorn, and a gift from her husband-a book on how to be a proper American housewife.  As she crossed the ocean to America, Shoko also brought with her a secret she would need to keep her entire life...(Official Website)  

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I do hope you have enjoyed all of the 2013 selections for the SNS Reading List.  It was a great run of reads for the past 12 months and I will continue to bring you great selections throughout the 2014 year. I do hope you will continue to join me on this reading adventure and if you need a place to store these wonderful selections, check out the different bookshelf styles at the Crack the Spine Pinterest Board for SNS.   If you are just now starting on your reading adventure with South North South: WELCOME!

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December (2013) Reading Selection:

Dragonfly in Amber
by:  Diana Gabaldon

From the author of Outlander, a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland. For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones.  (Official Website)  

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November (2013) Reading Selection:

Why we Suck
by:  Dr. Denis Leary

One of America’s most original and biting comic satirists, Denis Leary takes on all the poseurs, politicians, and pop culture icons who have sucked in public for far too long. Sparing no one, Leary zeroes in on the ridiculous wherever he finds it—his Irish Catholic upbringing, the folly of celebrity, the pressures of family life, and the great hypocrisy of politics by his phrase of "Let's thin the herd." (Official Website)  

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October (2013) Reading Selection:

Grace Point
by:  Anne D. LeClaire

A young couple and their two children return to the old family home in the New England town of Grace Point, where they are unwittingly drawn into a generations-old legacy of forbidden desires, passion, perversion, violence, and deadly madness.(Official Website)   

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September (2013) Reading Selection:

by:  Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. (Official Website)   

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August (2013) Reading Selection:

Sharp Objects
by:  Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. (Official Website)

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July (2013) Reading Selection:

Fly Away
by:  Kristin Hannah

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark powerful storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.(Official Website)  

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June (2013) Reading Selection:

My Big Book of Healing
by:  Echo Bodine

Many people are dealing with addiction and abuse issues. Others suffer from physical ailments. Some are recovering from the emotional fallout of growing up in a dysfunctional family. My Big Book of Healing provides one-stop shopping for anyone in search of emotional and physical health.(Official Website)  

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May (2013) Reading Selection:

The Shipping News
by:  E. Annie Proulx

When Quoyle's two-timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons -- and the unpredictable forces of nature and society -- he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery. (Official Website)  

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April (2013) Reading Selection:

9 Secrets of Women Who Get Everything They Want
by:  Kate White

What do you want more than anything else in the world? What is it that will fulfill your dreams? And, once you know what you want, how do you go about getting it? In 9 Secrets of Women Who Get Everything They Want, Kate White, the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, combines common sense and insiders' savvy to provide women with a practical guide for realizing what they truly desire from life, setting their goals, and fulfilling their dreams. Some of her 9 Steps include: "Covet Thy Neighbor's Things," "Bite Off More Than You Can Chew," "Don't Wait for the Right Moment," and "Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve." (Official Website)   

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March (2013) Reading Selection:

A Body To Die For
by:  Kate White

Bailey Weggins takes a spa vacation--and finds murder. Bailey Weggins is in desperate need of a little R&R after solving the murder of her boss' nanny. A trip to the Cedar Inn Spa seems like the perfect remedy. But when Bailey goes to the massage room to retrieve her lost watch and finds a dead body getting a seaweed wrap, her detective instincts are unable to go on hiatus. As Bailey uncovers the victim's mysterious past, she finds herself becoming infatuated with Jeffrey Beck, a detective working on the case. Meanwhile, another horrifying murder is committed at the inn--and Bailey finds herself the killer's next target. (Official Website)  

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February (2013) Reading Selection:

Angela's Ashes
by:  Frank McCourt

When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.  (Official Website)
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January (2013) Reading Selection:

Over The Overnight Socialite
by:  Birdie Clark

Lucy Ellis moved to the Big Apple to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer, but the native Midwesterner has just about had it with the city. A mousy, self-conscious girl trapped in a job at a designer sweatshop, Lucy has been mistreated, road-blocked, and otherwise insulted since her arrival. Overwhelmed by city life, Lucy is about to pack it all in and return home to Minnesota. Then she meets Wyatt.....  (Official Website)
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I do hope you have enjoyed all of the 2012 selections for the SNS Reading List.  It was a great run of reads for the past 5 months and I will continue to bring you great selections throughout the 2013 year. I do hope you will continue to join me on this reading adventure and if you need a place to store of these wonderful selections, check out the different bookshelf styles below the reading selections.  If you are just now starting on your reading adventure with South North South: WELCOME!

December (2012) Reading Selection:

Over Her Dead Body
by:  Kate White

After getting the pink slip from her gig at Gloss ("kind of Cosmo for married chicks"), the sexy sleuth takes a job reporting on celebrity crime for Buzz, a gossipy magazine helmed by Mona Hodges, who wears Dolce & Gabbana, not Prada, and is notorious for her "verbal bull-whipping " When Bailey discovers Mona's body in the editor's office after hours, Bailey's friend and fellow Buzz staffer, Robby Hart, becomes a key suspect in her murder. Soon after acting editor Nash Nolan taps Bailey to do the Buzz investigative article on the crime, Bailey uncovers a zillion other suspects. White keeps the reader guessing whodunit to the end, but the book's main attraction is Bailey herself, with her musings on train-wreck journalism and the perils of falling in love in between worrying if she's next on the killer's list. Catty and bitchy at times, she's all the more appealing because she's not too much of a goody-goody.  (Official Website)
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November (2012) Reading Selection:

Beautiful Disaster
by:  Jaime McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl.  She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.(Official Website)
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October (2012) Reading Selection:

Between Shades of Gray 
by:  Ruta Sepetys

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders.  (Official Website)
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September (2012) Reading Selection:

Night Road 
by:  Kristin Hannah

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows — her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. 

August (2012) Reading Selection:

Made from Scratch
by:  Jenna Woginrich

Jenna Woginrich set out to build a more self-sufficient lifestyle by learning homesteading skills. She didn't own land or have much practical experience beyond a few forays into knitting and soap making, but she did have a strong desire to opt out of what she saw as a consumer-driven culture. After moving across the country to a rented farmhouse in northern Idaho, she learned to raise chickens, keep bees, and grow her own food. 

July (2012) Reading Selection:

by:  Judy Blume

Wifey is tired of chicken on Wednesdays and sex on Saturdays.  This morning the mysterious motorcycle flasher revealed himself to Wifey and brought her frustrations right into focus!  Wifey sees her wildest fantasies taking flight, and Wifey has an itchy-and uncontrollable-urge to catch up with them!


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