Books

Book Club, Friday, July 10 @ 2 pm

This month, Crosby Book Club will meet to discuss John Adams.  David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize winning biography of our second president lets us see Adams not as a distant and somewhat mythological figure, but as he really was: a man of courage, stunning integrity, and wit, whose invaluable contributions helped shape a new nation with a unique system of government.  Called "the colossus of independence" by Thomas Jefferson, Adams was surely one of the most interesting and influential Americans who ever lived.  Join us on Friday, July 10th, at 2 pm in the Meeting Room, to talk about this book.

Book Hunters in Brief #80: Historical Fiction for the 4th of July

This being Houston, Texas, it's been hot since about Valentine's Day, but for me it's not really summer until the fireworks go up on the Fourth of July. That's when "It's too dang hot" becomes an acceptable excuse for avoiding any number of unpleasant chores, and doing any at all besides sipping tall cool drinks, your feet resting on a 20,000 BTU AC while you methodically work down through a big stack of books is not only ill-advised--it's very nearly insane.

West University Book Group-August 5

the harder they comePlease join us to discuss The Harder They Come, by T.C. Boyle.  Wednesday August 5, 2015, at 11 a.m.

The Demonata

The Demonata is a series written by popular YA author Darren Shan. The series ended with the publication of Hell’s Heroes in 2009, but for fans of horror who aren’t familiar with Darren Shan, he is a gift and this series is a great popcorn (quick and easy) read.

Lockwood & Co

Lockwood & Co is a new series from the author who brought us the Bartimaeus trilogy and you could call it the British answer to Shutter. Set similarly in a world that has become overrun with restless spirits, children and teens gifted with the ability to sense these aggravated apparitions are employed by agencies designed to contain and remove them. Sometimes with séances. Sometimes with salt. Sometimes with swords.

Shutter

Shutter is the debut novel of author Courtney Alameda. If you ever played the cult video game hit Fatal Frame then this is the book you didn’t know that you were waiting for.

History Lovers' Book Club

The Little Stranger

 

England, late 1940s.  A decaying estate.  A sinister presence.  Madness.  What has the good doctor gotten himself into?

Spring Branch Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Page TurnersTime of meeting: July 14, 6:30 pm.  The Page Turners will be having a Readers’ Choice.  Come prepared to give a 5-minute synopsis of a chosen title for the group as a selection for the coming year.  

Every Hero Has a Story: graphic novels for children

In conjunction with this year's Children's Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story, this blog post is dedicated to graphic novels with hero themes suitable for children.

Read one or read all and don't forget reading a graphic novel is one of the challenges of our Hero Quest

Book Hunters in Brief #79: Harry Potter's First Publication Anniversary

A lot of us grew up with Harry Potter--literally. That was part J.K. Rowling's genius; her character's aged in a fairly good facsimile of real time right along with her target audience. Another part of her genius was not just the originality and charm of the world she imagined, but it's completeness. We stepped into the world of Harry Potter and it was both strange and oddly familiar--much like the world we live in--only more full of possibilities, more morally well-defined, more fun.

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