Books

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Fair playTitle to be discussed: Fair play by Deeanne Gist.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "'Fair play' is a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Saddled with a man's name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man's profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice--until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.... He has no patience for big cities and women who think they belong anywhere but home.... Despite their difference of opinion, Hunter and Billy find a growing attraction between them--until Hunter discovers an abandoned baby. He and Billy team up to make sure this foundling isn't left in the slums of Chicago. As they fight for the underprivileged children in the Nineteenth Ward, an entire Playground Movement is birthed. But when the Fair comes to an end, one of them will have to give up their dream. Will Billy exchange her doctor's shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the "gray city, " a woman who insists on being the wage earner, and a group of ragamuffins who need more than a playground for breathing space?"

Walter Dean Myers Young Adult Awards

The Walter Dean Myers Award winners and honorees for the Children's Literatrure - Young Adult category have been announced!

Crosby Book Club meets Friday, January 20 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet on Friday, January 20 at 2 pm to discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.  In his novel that scandalized Victorian Britain, Wilde writes, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.  Books are well written, or badly written.  That is all."  Unfortunately, the courts did not agree with this aphorism, using The Picture of  Dorian Gray as evidence to convict the author for crimes of "gross indecency".  What was all the uproar about?  Ask for your copy of the book at the front desk, and find out!

eBook Collections to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

If we're not there already, we are fast approaching the time of year when our resolve to keep our new year's resolutions begins to flag. So, for all of us whose stick-to-it-ness has lost some of its stickiness, or whose promise to stop procrastinating has been put off indefinitely,  we've created some special OverDrive collections to help you to overcome inertia and inspire you to be the best you that you can be in 2017.

(For those, like me, who are thinking 2018 is your year, as well as for those of you who are just perfect the way you are thank you very much, we have a list of the Best Books of 2016 and more).

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) and Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)


It was a shock to those of a certain age.  Maybe to everyone. 

The Power of the Introvert

Quiet by Susan CainExtroverts get all the attention, but can you imagine a world without the likes of Rosa Parks, Chopin, or Dr. Seuss? In Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, we introverts are pulled out of our shells (even though we prefer to stay in) and shown how important and powerful we are in our society.  

Book Hunters in Brief #154: Snow Fantasy

Like ice cream for breakfast, a pet boa constrictor, and face tattoos, snow sounds great in theory, but if you ask folks who have to face the stuff day in-day out, they have a very different take on it. This week, Book Hunters in Brief gives you and your young ones a chance to enjoy some winter wonderlands in the best possible way: from a nice, warm sofa with cups of hot cocoa. Enjoy!

Book Hunters in Brief #153: Mythology & More from Oceania, Polynesia & Hawai'i

In honor of the release of Disney's Moana, Book Hunters in Brief presents a selection of mythology, folklore, and traditional tales from the South Pacific.

The Prettier Side of Politics

First Women by Kate Andersen BrowerLet's take a break from the deluge of political commentary and look at the prettier side of politics: the First Lady. This week someone mentioned a book to me that I immediately added to my list: First Women: the Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower. 

Book Hunters in Brief #152: Mickey Mouse's 88th Birthday

He's the original mouse that roared, and built an empire. From his beginnings as Steamboat Willie, he now has his four-fingered, white-gloved hand in some very lucrative pies ranging from the four-letter TV sports behemoth to far-flung amusement complexes in places like Paris and Hong Kong.

Even with a prodigious imagination like Walt Disney's, it is hard to imagine he dared to imagine his little flickering, black and white rodent would be so phenomenally successful.

So, let's all raise a cup of Ovaltine to Mickey on the occasion of his 88th birthday.

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