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West University Book Club-Selection for May 4

When the Emperor Was DivineTitle to be discussed: When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka.  Wednesday May 4, at 11 a.m.  Summary: "This heartbreaking, bracingly unsentimental debut describes in poetic detail the travails of a Japanese family living in an internment camp during World War II, raising the specter of wartime injustice in bone-chilling fashion." -From Publishers Weekly

West University Book Club-Selection for April 6

Christine FallsTitle to be discussed: Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black.  Wednesday April 6, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary:  In this expertly paced debut thriller from Irish author Black (the pseudonym of Booker Prize–winner John Banville), pathologist Garret Quirke uncovers a web of corruption in 1950s Dublin surrounding the death in childbirth of a young maid, Christine Falls.

Celebrate Black History Month with a Movie

 In honor of Black History Month, will be showing a movie based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959.

Synopsis:  Lorraine Hansberry's play is given sensitive treatment by filmmaker Daniel Petrie (The Bay Boy). Sidney Poitier heads a fine cast in the story of an African American family in Chicago who are struggling with mixed aspirations, not enough money, conflicts over religion, and institutional racism.-Amazon.com review

We will show the movie on Wednesday, February 23 at 11 a.m.  Refreshments will be served!

Call West University Library at 713-668-8273, if you would like to find out the title of the film. 

 

West University Book Club-Book Selection for March 2

SeabiscuitTitle to be discussed: Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand.  Wednesday March 2, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: Gifted sportswriter Hillenbrand unearths the rarefied world of thoroughbred horse racing in this captivating account of one of the sport's legends. Though no longer a household name, Seabiscuit enjoyed great celebrity during the 1930s and 1940s, drawing record crowds to his races around the country. -From Publishers Weekly

Snippets from the Trenches

Snippets from the TrenchesWe were delighted to have author Freda Wagman visit us yesterday, and give a book talk about her memoir Snippets from the Trenches.  "Snippets from the Trenches, a mother's AIDS memoir, is a time line of the twelve-year journey of the author's son living with HIV/AIDS. Upon learning his diagnosis early in 1983, a time when treatment options were limited, she joined the fledgling AIDS Foundation Houston. Throughout the book, she tells of her involvement in helping other people, along with the hope of learning how to cope with her own impending loss.” Review from Amazon.com

West University Book Club-Book Selection for February 2

Bridesdhead RevisitedTitle to be discussed: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh.  Wednesday February 2, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: "One of Waugh's most famous books, Brideshead Revisited tells the story of the difficult loves of insular Englishman Charles Ryder, and his peculiarly intense relationship with the wealthy but dysfunctional family that inhabited Brideshead.

West University Lapsit Storytime

We will be having our regularly scheduled lapsit storytime this Wednesday, 10/22/10, at 10:30am.  It is recommended for babies 3-24 months, and features bouncing, clapping, singing, and nursery rhymes.  We hope to see you there!
 

West University Book Club-Book Selection for January 5

Mountains Beyond MountainsTitle to be discussed:  Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder.  Wednesday January 5, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary:  "In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer.... Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats." From Publishers Weekly

 

Fall Book Sale

I would like to thank everyone who helped make our fall book sale such a success.  All of the proceeds benefit the programs and collections of the library, and your support is invaluable.  I would also like to thank Carol Turpin who contributed the quilt that was raffled, as well as Keddy Outlaw, Nancy Antle, Kelly Edna, and Connie Little, for running the book sale.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

West University Book Club-Book Selection for December 1

The ImperfectionistsTitle to be discussed:  The Imperfectionists: a novel, by Tom Rachman.  Date of meeting: Wednesday December 1, 11:00a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary:  "In his zinger of a debut, Rachman deftly applies his experience as foreign correspondent and editor to chart the goings-on at a scrappy English-language newspaper in Rome.

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