SPOKANE IS READING debut:

2002

Plainsong

by Kent Haruf


Old farmers, a girl in trouble, a broken family, and a devoted high school teacher are featured in this narrative about how families can be made between folks who are not necessarily blood relatives.

2003

Cold Mountain

by Charles Frazier


A Confederate soldier faces marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign as he walks back to his home and to Ada, who is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away.

2004

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card


Aliens have attacked Earth twice and now the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses. Ender Wiggin the genius among geniuses, but is he smart enough to save the planet? Equally popular with non-science fiction readers as with science fiction fans.

2005

Girl In Hyacinth Blue

by Susan Vreeland


Taking its title from a fictional Vermeer painting, the reader follows the painting back in time, visiting with each of its owners until readers meet the artist himself and learn of the painting’s beginnings.

2006

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

by Laurie R. King


Mary Russell literally stumbles over retired detective,Sherlock Holmes and the two pursue a succession of cases together, but what began as a pleasant diversion swiftly turns into a deadly game of chess with a mysterious, ruthless enemy from Holmes' past.

2007

Citizen Vince

by Jess Walter


Just before the 1980 presidential election, in a quiet house in Spokane, Vince Camden pockets stolen credit cards and drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection job. When a familiar face shows up Vince realizes that his past is closer than he'd like.

2008

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie


Junior leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school in this chronicle of the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live.

2009

The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein


Enzo knows he is different from other dogs, he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

2010

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & The Fire That Saved America

by Timothy Egan


A dramatic page turner, The Big Burn delves into the great fire of 1910 that consumed nearly three million acres in just a few days. From the overmatched rangers to the citizens caught in the inferno as well as the politicians whose policies and arguments both fueled and fought the fire from a distance, we learn vivid details of the lives of those affected. This is also the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

2011

Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

by Mary Roach


Take a funny trip to space with author Mary Roach, who brings her characteristic blend of science and humor to the topic of space travel. “Packing for Mars” explores the quirks and oddities of things like zero gravity and the day-to-day experiences of astronauts. Learn about the trials and tribulations of those honored few who have been deemed to have “The Right Stuff”—and have a few laughs along the way.

2012

Little Bee

by Chris Cleave


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