Book Clubs

Book Club Meets Friday, June 15 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, June 15, at 2 pm to discuss Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  Published posthumously, Haruf's last novel is the story of two lonely septuagenarians and their tender, late in life love.  Our Souls at Night quietly considers the value of living in the present and appreciating the simple pleasures in life.

See the movie adaptation of the book, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, on Netflix.

The Page Turners--Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Calling me  homeTitle to be discussed: Calling me home by Julie Kibler.  Date of meeting: June 12, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister wants her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis, a black single mom, to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas to a funeral in Cincinnati. Dorrie agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love might help Dorrie find her own way."

A Novel Idea: JUNE BOOK REVEAL! @High Meadows Branch Library

june book clubWe are happy to reveal that our June Book Club selection is Shari Lapeña’s The Couple Next Door.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. One hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the Conti's house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family-a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness.

May Activities

May activities are up on the library's event calendar. Check out the many programs and services that are available to you here. Proudly serving the community of Cypress since 1984, Northwest Branch Library strives to provide innovative services, programs, and activities for customers of all ages. If you would like to ask a question about a particular service or program, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net. 

Spring Branch-Memorial Library: The Page Turners

Tea girlTitle to be discussed: The tea girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  Date of meeting: May 8, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. Then one day a stranger arrives in the village. Li-yan translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city."

Crosby Book Club Meets Friday, April 20 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet on Friday, April 20 at 2 pm in the meeting room.  We will discuss The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel.  This is the true account of Christopher Knight, who so preferred solitude to society, he lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly three decades, sleeping in a tent, and conversing with no one.  How did Knight survive the bitterly cold winters, isolated and undetected, for so long?  And why would he choose this extreme lifestyle in the first place?

This adult program is free and open to the public.  Join us!

      

Graphic Novel Book Club

If you like comics and graphic novels then you won't want to miss out on the book club starting at South Houston Branch Library in April. Tweens ages 8 to 13 are invited to join our Tween Graphic Novel Club, where we will discuss and take part in fun activities related to different Graphic Novel titles. This is a three session program that starts on Thursday, April 5 at 5:00 PM. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the library at 832-927-5530 to sign up.

Mysteries by Way of India

mysteries by way of indiaLooking for more titles similiar to this month's I Love a Mystery Book Club selection, The Rising Man, by Abir Mukherjee? Check out our shortlist of Mysteries by Way of India including, books, eBooks, and movies.

I Love a Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:00pm, LRNC 131

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Small great thingsTitle to be discussed: Small great things by Jodi Picoult.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 2018.  Summary: Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse.  During her shift, she begins a routine checkup on a newborn, but the parents, who are white supremacists, don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery.  Ruth hesitates and, when tragedy strikes, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.

Crosby Book Club Meets Friday, March 16 at 2 pm

In recognition of Women's History Month, and the birthday of Albert Einstein (March 14), Crosby Book Club will discuss The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict.  Einstein met his wife, Mileva Maric, when they were students at the elite Zurich Polytechnic, and they married in 1903.  Many have speculated about Maric's purported contributions to the Theory of Special Relativity.  Has Mileva been denied credit for her ideas?  Written from Maric's perspective, the author "aims to tell the story of a brilliant woman whose light has been lost in Albert's enormous shadow".

The public is invited to attend a discussion on Friday, March 16, at 2 pm in the meeting room.

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