Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Our souls at nightTitle to be discussed: Our souls at night by Kent Haruf.  Date of meeting: October 8, 6:30 pm. Summary: In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades. Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. Their brave adventures—their pleasures and their difficulties—are hugely involving and truly resonant, making "Our souls at night" the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.

True Gore

Thrillers and horror books can creep you out and keep you awake. But they are nothing compared to the real world. If you have a strong stomach, these authors have written books about grim and gory subjects most people try to avoid. Read at your own risk:

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar

Book Hunters in Brief #148: Feeling Stressed Out? Maybe Book Hunters Can Help.

Are you stressed out? Of course you are, and you have every right to be, what with the most contentious presidential election in living memory reaching new depths with each passing day, the daily litany of violence we humans seem so perversely bent on inflicting upon one another, the natural disasters that come along at regular intervals to remind us that any control we think we have is illusory, and the endless news crawl of large and small tragedies that serve only to make us feel just a smidgen worse about ourselves for complaining about inconsequential things like traffic and the slowness of the overwhelmed barista with our pumpkin spice latte.

Book Hunters has come up with a list of books that we hope will take the edge off, at least for a little while.

Find Your Next Selfie @ your library!

Many say that a picture is worth a thousand words. A few may tell you a memoir is a #selfie in context. If you enjoy words from the source, please stop by our #Selfie book display and discover a memoir to take home. Even better, pose with one of your favorite memoirs and send a pic to us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@harriscountypl) using:

  #SelfieBook -OR- #Memoir

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Redeployment by Phil Klay on November 8th @ 7:00pm.

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The selection for November will be Redeployment by Phil Klay 


Join Us for Freeman Nonfiction Book Club Next Monday!

Adults - Our 1st Meeting of the Freeman Nonfiction Book Club is Monday, 10/24 @ 7 PM in the upstairs Conference Room. Nonfiction Book Club has no specifically assigned book but rather an assigned subject. Each attendee is asked to come prepared to discuss at least one book related to that month's subject. This month, we'll talk about Pre-1900 Biographies (Biographies of people who lived before 1900.) Program supported by Friends of Freeman.

Great Books Discussion Group Talks about Gulf Coast Reads Book This Thursday!

Gulf Coast Reads (GCR): On the Same Page is an annual regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.*

This year's pick, Jan Jarboe Russell's The Train to Crystal City, describes "the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families -- many US citizens -- were incarcerated."

Book Hunters in Brief #147: Rocking Memoirs

On this week when Bob Dylan became a Nobel Laureate, and Bruce Springsteen is in the midst of a book tour as opposed to his customary arena-packing, six-encores and a cross-stage vamp kind of tour, Book Hunters got to thinking about musicians on paper. Below is just a sampling of what some musicians have to say that they could not say in a song.

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Get Cooking

Kitchen Hacks by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and America's Test KitchenBecome the wacked-out, flame-throwing, MacGyver-esque culinary guru you were always meant to be. Check out Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and America's Test Kitchen. Sharpen your knife and pull out the lighter - I'm hungry.  

All Around Fiction Book Club will discuss The Train to Crystal City

The All Around Fiction Book Club will discuss the 2016 Gulf Coast Reads selection, The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell on Monday October 17th at 2:00 pm. 

During World War II, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during the war, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "quiet passage." Hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City were exchanged for other more ostensibly important Americans--diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, and missionaries--behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

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