Books

Looking for Something a Little on the Spooky Side?

 

It is that time of year when we look for the spooky, the abnormal, the things that will frighten us and go bump in the night.  I put together a list to help you get into the Halloween spirit.  What scary romance novels are your favorites?

 

 

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Rocket Girl: The Cool Story To Back Up The Name

rocket girlJet-packs, time travel and crime fighting, what else could you ask for?  In the first volume of Rocket Girl you get all three, and an introduction into a fun new series. 

No Waiting for Bill O'Reilly

Killing PattonWhen Bill O'Reilly comes out with a new "killing" book, the library request list skyrockets. His latest Killing Patton has over 200 requests today. But, the earlier "killing" books are available - no wait list! Try out Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, or Killing Jesus while you're waiting for Killing Patton.

Book Hunters in Brief #45: TV's Grimm and Fairy Tales for the Big Kids

For a long time, most of us thought of fairy tales as pure kidstuff, but it wasn't always thus. They started out as folk tales and they were decidedly un-Disney-like. Now, they've come full circle and you can find fairy tales for grown-ups all over TV, as well as, on the shelves of your favorite library. HCPL's Book Hunters thinks that's a good thing.

The Complaints

I just finished reading Ian Rankin, a brand new author for me. His book, The Complaints, is set in Scotland and the hero, Malcolm Fox, is an officer who investigates other police officers. In the US, such departments are called Internal Affairs, but in Scotland, they’re called Complaints. Just like in the US, they are not popular with their fellow officers. Malcolm is asked to start investigating an officer named Jamie Breck, who is supposed to be involved in child pornography. However, Jamie doesn’t seem the type.

Changing Your Life...

What if you changed the way you live now? What would you do? Would the change be drastic - like taking advice from a popularity guide written in the 1950s,  not using a mirror for a year, or adding bugs to your diet? Maybe you would do something less extreme. Ever wonder what would happen if you took the SAT now? What score would you get as an adult?

Two Gulf Coast Reads Programs This Week

Remember Ben ClaytonPlease join us on Monday, October 20, 6:30 pm, at Baldwin Boettcher, for a discussion of the 2014 Gulf Coast Reads title,

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Quiet: the power of introverts... coverTitle to be discussed: Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking, by Susan Cain.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 pm.  Summary: "At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. Although they're often labeled "quiet," it's to introverts like Gandhi, Einstein and Rosa Parks that we owe many of the great contributions to society. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so."

Masters of Suspense Book Club

The Sense of an Ending

Join us at Baldwin Boettcher on Monday, November 3, 6:30 pm, for a discussion of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.  Copies are available at the library.

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Gulf Coast Reads Author Stephen Harrigan at Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Gulf Coast Reads, Harris County Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invite you to a special evening with author, Stephen Harrigan at the MFAH on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

After introducing and reading from his novel, Remember Ben Clayton, Mr. Harrigan will sit for a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Houston Chronicle columnist and features writer, Lisa Gray, to be followed by a Q and A with the audience.

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