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Afternoon Book Club

Afternoon Book Club
Come and join one of the two sessions of the afternoon book club to discuss The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline!

Sessions are:
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 1:30  in the Earl Elliot Room
Friday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 in the upstairs conference room
See you there!


cover of the orphan train

 

Iron Lake

cover of Iron Lake

 

A customer was checking out some books the other day by William Kent Krueger and she was telling me that she loves his books. She had been eagerly awaiting his newest work and she encouraged me to read them. So I started to investigate him. He writes novels set in rural Minnesota and the stories often involve regional history and the local Native American tribes. The first in the series is Iron Lake. Have any of you read his books? If so, what did you think?

 

A Great Book and Beautiful Art

Join us as The Pen and Paintbrush Book Club reads Loteria by Mario Alberto Zamrano. It’s a lyrical, wonderful novel about a young girl, Luz Maria Castillo. Her family is falling apart and she copes by looking at her deck of Loteria cards. Each card reminds her of family memories and through these we learn the story of her family. Loteria refers to a Mexican card game and each chapter has a beautiful picture of one of the cards.  The Pen and Paintbrush Book Club is a collaborative effort of the Barbara Bush Library and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art. Three times a year, the group reads a book that relates to the current exhibit at the museum and then meets to discuss it and view the exhibit. The meeting for Loteria will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 at the Pearl Finch Museum. For more information, call Clara Maynard at the library. 


cover of Loteria

 

 

Watch and Read!


book cover

 

I’ve been spending time watching Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. First they were doing Agatha Christie mysteries and that was great of course. Then they started the Inspector Lewis mysteries, which are inspired by Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series. Next they’re running Death comes to Pemberly. So you can watch and then get the book from us, or you can read the books, and then watch the series on demand or DVD. Either way, check these out as they’re all good. 

 

The Complaints

I just finished reading Ian Rankin, a brand new author for me. His book, The Complaints, is set in Scotland and the hero, Malcolm Fox, is an officer who investigates other police officers. In the US, such departments are called Internal Affairs, but in Scotland, they’re called Complaints. Just like in the US, they are not popular with their fellow officers. Malcolm is asked to start investigating an officer named Jamie Breck, who is supposed to be involved in child pornography. However, Jamie doesn’t seem the type.

Reading Harry Bosch

I've been continuing with the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I've made my way through Darkness More Than Night, City of Bones, Lost Light, The Narrows and finally The Closers. I've enjoyed each one. In The Closers, Harry comes out of retirement to join the Open-Unsolved unity. Basically, they take on cold cases. There's a new chief of police and he's cleaning up the department. He wants Harry on the team, but he won't stand for any nonsense. Of course, you know Harry's bound to get into some trouble! He's working with this old partner, Kiz Rider. They start working on the case of Rebecca Verloren, murdered at age 16 in the year 1988. New DNA evidence has provided a lead and they're off to solve the case. Along the way Harry finds some departmental corruption and as I said, he gets in trouble. 

 

Goodbye!

Eight years ago, I came to the Aldine Library, leaving my family behind in Louisiana. At first I was so homesick! But the wonderful staff and customers here soon made me feel at home.  I’ve had such wonderful time here with you all! There have been challenges, but I’ve had so much fun with you. I’ve grown and learned and become a better manager for being here.I’m off to a new assignment at the Barbara Bush Library. I’m excited about my new place but I will always be so grateful for my time here. It has been an honor and a joy to work at the Aldine Library. Thank you and goodbye!

 

A Deep Sadness

Like the rest of the Aldine community, we were shocked and saddened by the death of Stovall Middle School student, Jose Luis Meraz. When someone so young dies, it is such a great tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meraz family and  the staff and students at Stovall Middle School.

 

The Long Way Home

This is one of my favorite mystery series, partly because of the beautiful Canadian settings, but also because of the personality of Armand Gamache and the other characters.

After I'm Gone

cover of After I'm Gone

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