Books

Great Big Family Tree

It's All Relative by A. J. JacobsIf you're a fan of The Year of Living Biblically, you know how funny A. J. Jacobs can be. Why not turn him loose on the subject of genealogy and family trees. Go on the worldwide trip with him to find out what makes a family a family in the book "It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree". 

Teens: Online Book Club

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Schedule booked up, but you'd like to share about a great read?  Want to learn about some books before you have to read it for school?  Join the Atascocita Teens online book club.  We read 10 books a year.  Tell your thoughts about a book, help out your friends in finding a good read, and find that next great read for yourself.

The online book club is through Goodreads and will require a Goodreads account.  Request joining here: Atascocita Teens Read

 

Adult Movie Mania: The Dark Tower

If you love action, adventure, fantasy, and westerns, you won't want to miss our Adult Movie Mania feature this month at the South Houston Branch Library. The Dark Tower is a 2017 film based on Stephen King's series of books and is set in both our modern world and in Stephen King's old west-style Midworld. Make sure to join us next Friday, January 12 @ 1:30 PM for this exciting feature film. 

Bestseller Readalikes at Maud Marks

The New York Times Best SellersAre you on the hold list for Dan Brown's Origin, John Grisham's The Rooster Bar, Nora Roberts's Year One, James Patterson's The People vs Alex Cross, Lee Child's The Midnight Line, Andy W

Baldwin Boettcher: Popping up in the Community in January!

Ricky and Lucy-BB BirdsHello all. We have dearly missed each of you who made our library such a special place. We know it has been a dreadfully long time since we lost our local library, but fear not! We are popping up in the community starting in late January! Beginning January 22 through May 21st (except for March 12th, 19th, and April 2nd) a few familiar faces will be heading to Cypress Trails United Methodist Church with as many books as we can carry. Unfortunately, it will be a miniature collection since our arms are not that large, but we will be doing our best to bring material you'll love as well as a big smile as we anticipate your arrival!  Cypress Trails UMC is located at 22801 Aldine Westfield Rd.

Tried and True: HCPL's 2017 Top Ten Lists

top ten 2017 graphicJust when you think the world has become a little too predictable, the sky dumps Lake Michigan on you in the span of about 18 hours. That's when you decide that maybe that rut you were stuck in was kind of cozy and comforting in a way. 

This year's top ten most circulated novels at Harris County Public Library reflect that very human need for stabiliity. The list is chock full of familiar names like Grisham, Evanovich, Sparks and Baldacci (twice). These are writers who have consistently produced high quality work--not particularly groundbreaking perhaps, but entertaining and immanently readable. 

There are one or two surprises sprinkled in because humans are, in the end, predictably unpredictable.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

NightingaleTitle to be discussed: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  Date of meeting, January 9, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "France, 1939. In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France... but invade they do. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. She meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life to save others. 'The Nightingale' tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in war-torn France; a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women."

December Book & Bite Club

Please, join us on Thursday, December 28th at 12:30 pm, for our Book & Bite Club.  This month, we'll be discussing Cakewalk by New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown

Crosby Book Club Meeting Friday, December 15 at 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, December 15 at 2 pm to discuss The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, by Timothy Egan.  The Big Burn, or the Great Fire of 1910, is believed to be the largest single fire in recorded U S history, destroying more than 3 million acres in Idaho, Montana, and Washington.  In addition to the story of the fire, Egan chronicles President Theodore Roosevelt's struggle to protect the nation's shrinking wilderness for future generations, and the early years of the U S Forestry Service.  The Big Burn is a historical account whose lessons are applicable to contemporary political issues.

New members are welcome.  Copies of the book are available for check out at the front desk.

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