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.

Humphrey is settling in

Humphrey the hamster is settling in at the West U Library. He sleeps a lot during the day but wakes up about 5:30 PM to begin his nightly activities.  Humphrey loves to run on his wheel and has discovered the joy of hiding in the plastic strawberry.  Sometimes he mounds a pile of paper fluff to barricade the doorway.  Recently Humphrey took a break in his activities to pose for photos. 

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