Book Clubs

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng on September 13th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. This September selection will be Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng. 

Summary

"If we know this story, we haven't seen it yet in American fiction, not until now. . . . Deep, heartfelt." -The New York Times Book Review "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.

Book Club, Friday, August 19 @ 2 pm

If you're watching the Summer Olympics, you may wonder, how do athletes who earn the coveted gold medals become champions?  What special qualities do they possess?  Join Crosby Book Club on Friday, August 19, as we discuss The Boys in the Boat, an inspiring story of the American rowing team, who triumphed at the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany. 

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Rainwater by Sandra BrownTitle to be discussed: Rainwater by Sandra Brown.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the midst of the Great Depression, Ella Barron strenuously works to keep her Texas boardinghouse up and running. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for her misbehaving child, Ella struggles to get by. However, when the enigmatic David Rainwater shows up out of the blue, looking for room and board, Ella happily takes him in. But when Conrad Ellis and his gang of hoods threaten violence, Ella and Rainwater are put to the test."

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

A man called OveTitle to be discussed: A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  Date of meeting: August 9, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations."

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters on August 9th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The August selection will be The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. 

Summary

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa-a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants-life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

Book Club, Friday, July 15 @ 2 pm

Crosby Branch Book Club will meet Friday, July 15, at 2 pm, to discuss The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick.  In this story, Arthur, a lovable 69 year old widower, copes with the loss of his wife by clinging to his routine...that is, until he embarks on a surprising, life-changing journey.  

New members are welcome! 

Spring Branch Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Page TurnersTime of meeting: July 12, 6:30 pm.  The Page Turners will be having a Readers’ Choice, during which they will give a 5-minute synopsis of a chosen title for the group as a selection for the coming year.  

They invite everyone to come to the meeting to suggest a title for their consideration.

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel on July 12th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The July selection will be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 

Summary

2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

All the light we cannot seeTitle to be discussed: All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure."

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Demian : The Story of Emil Sinclair’s youth, by Hermann Hesse on June 14th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The June selection will be Demian : The story of Emil Sinclair’s youth, Hermann Hesse

 

Summary

In Demian, one of the great writers of the twentieth century tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian- -into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.

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