Plainview’s chief librarian chosen to serve as Vice-Chair of the Texas Library Association Lariat Committee

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Cynthia Peterson
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PLAINVIEW, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) — The following is a news release from City of Plainview:

The City of Plainview Unger Memorial Chief Librarian Cynthia Peterson was chosen to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Texas Library Association Lariat Committee. Peterson currently completed her first year of a three-year board term.

The committee is tasked with creating the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List.

“Selecting books for the Unger Library is part of my job and the committee was a natural fit,” says Cynthia Peterson, Chief Librarian. “It allowed me the opportunity to read a variety of books I wouldn’t normally read and offer a larger variety to our patrons.”

As the Vice-Chair, Peterson is responsible for working with publishers to obtain books for the committee to review. The committee will read around 100 books before narrowing the list to 25. The committee normally meets in December but due to COVID-19, the group met via Zoom earlier this year to finalize the list.
“The committee looks for a diverse genre of books and well as one with diverse stories,” says Peterson, “It is quite a process to narrow the list.”

All books chosen for the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List are available at Unger Memorial Library and several are also available via E-books as well.

“We are proud to have Cynthia serve on the Lariat Board,” says Jeff Johnston, Assistant City Manager. “Her experience working with the Lariat committee will provide great benefits for our Library and the community.”

The 2021 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List:

1.      Betty by Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf/PRH)

2.       Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books/Macmillan Publishers)

3.       The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate  (Ballantine/PRH)

4.       The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel  (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster)

5.       Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (Berkley/PRH) )

6.       Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead Books/PRH)

7.       The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead Books/PRH)

8.       Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel by Peter Swanson (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

9.       Ghosts of Harvard: A Novel by Francesca Serritella (Random House/PRH)

10.    The God Game: A Novel by Danny Tobey  ( Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers)

11.    The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (Tor Books/Macmillan Publishers)

12.    The Imperfects: A Novel by Amy Meyerson (Park Row-Harlequin/HarperCollins)

13.    The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner  (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers)

14.    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey Books/PRH)

15.    Miss Benson’s Beetle: A Novel by Rachel Joyce (Dial Press/PRH)

16.    My Dark Vanessa: A Novel by Kate Elizabeth Russell  (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

17.    The Roxy Letters: A Novel by Mary Pauline Lowry (Simon & Schuster)

18.    The Stone Girl: A Novel by Dirk Wittenborn  (W.W. Norton & Company)

19.    Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf/PRH)

20.    Valentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore (HarperCollins)

21.    We Are All the Same in the Dark: A Novel by Julia Heaberlin  (Ballantine Books/PRH)

22.    Weather: A Novel by Jenny Offill (Knopf/PRH)

23.    Where We Come From: A Novel by Oscar Cásares

24.    A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers (Redhook Publishing/Hachette)

25.    You Had Me at Hola: A Novel by Alexis Daria (Avon Publishing/HarperCollins)

For more information about the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List, visit For more information about Unger Memorial Library, call 296.1148.

(News release from the City of Plainview)

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