Books

This October, Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City

October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts,  universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.

Book Hunters in Brief #140: National Parks: Centennial Edition

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, this week is the centennial of our beloved National Parks. Celebrate the occasion with these great reads!

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng on September 13th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. This September selection will be Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng. 

Summary

"If we know this story, we haven't seen it yet in American fiction, not until now. . . . Deep, heartfelt." -The New York Times Book Review "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.

Book Hunters in Brief #139: Romance

You can still find plenty of people who look down their noses at people who read genre fiction, and particularly those who read romance, but, more and more these days, when they do, they find those same romance readers looking down their noses at them. Romance fiction's explosion in popularity has allowed writers and publishers to roll out a wildly diverse array of subgenres from chaste Amish romance to all manner of erotic romance.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief brings you a small sampling of some favorite romance fiction.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Book Club, Friday, August 19 @ 2 pm

If you're watching the Summer Olympics, you may wonder, how do athletes who earn the coveted gold medals become champions?  What special qualities do they possess?  Join Crosby Book Club on Friday, August 19, as we discuss The Boys in the Boat, an inspiring story of the American rowing team, who triumphed at the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany. 

Book Hunters in Brief #138: The Olympics

This week, Book Hunters in Brief, along with the rest of the world, turns its attention to Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

New Manga series in OverDrive

OverDrive just got better! In addition to a variety of graphic novels and comics, you can now borrow a variety of manga titles which now amps up the Comics & Graphic Novels collection to over 1700 titles. Below features highlights of the collection. Visit here to see all manga available in OverDrive.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Rainwater by Sandra BrownTitle to be discussed: Rainwater by Sandra Brown.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "In the midst of the Great Depression, Ella Barron strenuously works to keep her Texas boardinghouse up and running. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for her misbehaving child, Ella struggles to get by. However, when the enigmatic David Rainwater shows up out of the blue, looking for room and board, Ella happily takes him in. But when Conrad Ellis and his gang of hoods threaten violence, Ella and Rainwater are put to the test."

Library Superheros

The Bad-Ass Librarians of TimbuktuI am a librarian, so I feel duty-bound to read any book with a title like: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. Joshua Hammer has penned the story of the city's librarians who smuggled their rare manuscripts to safety through war-torn Al Quaeda territory. I wonder if they wore capes.... 

Book Hunters in Brief #137: Stranger Things

The advent of streaming video from services like Netflix, Hulu and HCPL's own (FREE!) Hoopla, has given rise to more lost weekends than Friday happy hour two-fer tequila shots. I'm speaking, of course, of the binge-watch. You know how it goes: you plop down on the couch to commune for a short while with the more vegetative aspects of your nature. The next thing you know, you're rooted to the cushions, you haven't showered in two days, and you've footed the pizza guy's tuition bill for the coming semester. You have also methodically consumed entire runs of obscure, short-lived but eminently worthwhile TV series--which makes it all worth it.

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