Clara Maynard's blog

One Step Behind

I love reading mysteries with hard-boiled, troubled detectives. I just finished reading one of the Kurt Wallander mysteries. Kurt is a Swedish police detective and he battles with the changes in Swedish society. Crime is increasing and he feels inadequate, as do many of his department. In the start of this book, a murderer kills three young people when they are celebrating Midsummer by having a picnic. Everyone thinks they've gone off on a trip, but one parent is sure that there is something wrong, even though she's been receiving postcards from her daughter. When the bodies are revealed, Wallander and his team go after the killer who always seems to be both one step ahead of them and One Step Behind. I enjoy the character of Wallander and the look at Swedish society. 

One Step Behind


Waiting for Harry ???

If you're waiting for the newest Harry Bosch mystery, The Crossing, you may want to read some other gritty, hard boiled detective stories. Harry is unique, but these good reads also. 

Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child

Wil Hardesty novels by Richard Barre

Derek Strange and Terry Quinn mysteries by George P Pelecanos

Department Q mysteries by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Charlie Resnick mysteries by John Harvey

cover of The Marco Effect


A Good Time was Had by All

We had a great time at our Community Open House! Lots of good music, cookies, and giveaways were availabe. Children enjoyed a holiday scavenger hunt. And Santa and Mrs. Claus came to visit! Thank you to all our Friends of the Barbara Bush Library, H.E.B. and Costco for making this event possible. If you weren't able to come, we hope you can make our next one in 2016. 

picture of school music group


It's the Holiday Season!

The Holiday Season  begins when the Memorial Northwest Ladybugs Garden Club bring us beautiful poinsettias to decorate the library! They really brighten up the place and we appreciate the Ladybugs remembering us!

picture of ladies with poinsettas


What I've Been Reading

Here's what I've been reading lately..Almost finished with the Harry Bosch series, and found a new author. 

cover of Gods of Guilt

Gods of Guilt 

cover of the Burning Room

The Burning Room

cover of The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

A Firing Offense

A Firing Offense

What have you been reading???


Confused about Modern Art?

Come take part in the Pen and Paintbrush book discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 1:30. We'll be meeting at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art. The group will be discussing the book, The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark: the Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. Then we'll tour the museum's current exhibit, which features some interesting examples of modern art.

cover of the book


Read Across the Globe

Barbara Bush Branch and other branches of Harris County Public Library proudly took part in the "Read Across the Globe" initiative yesterday, Oct. 19. This was an attempt to beat the Guiness Book of World record for the most children read to in a 24 hour period. Harris County Library teamed up with several agencies, among them Points of Light Foundation and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, to read to children all over Houston. Here's our group after the readings at McArthur Elementary

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CreekFest was so much fun! The weather was great, and everyone enjoyed the activities and the food trucks. Our folks enjoyed the library's all ages coloring and button making program. Looking forward to next year!


The Black Box

In 1992, during the L.A. riots, Harry and his partner investigated the murder of a young Danish journalist, Anneke Jespersen. The investigation was too brief for Harry’s taste, as there were lots of murders during the riots. All they had time to do was gather a spent bullet. Now 20 years later, investigating cold cases, Harry is able to pinpoint the gun that killed her. Determined as always, and flaunting authority as usual, he looks for the “black box” of the case. Just like the black box on a plane, The Black Box in a murder case unlocks the story to Harry. Back then, it was thought Anneke was a victim of the random violence. But Harry uncovers what really happened. 

The Black Box


CreekFest logo


CreekFest is coming! On Oct. 3, from 8-4, the Cypress Creek Cultural district will be filled with tents, food trucks, and fun! There will be a race, canoeing, a blessing of the animals, a craft market, children's activities and performances. The library will open at 10 as usual, and from 1-3 we'll have a coloring program for adults and children. We'll also make buttons. So come by and have fun with us!


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