West University Book Group-January 6

Please join us to discuss The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Wednesday, January 6, at 11 a.m.

Book Hunters in Brief #100: Road Trips

Think about it: Gilgamesh; Sir Gawain;  Huck and Jim; Sal and Dean; Luath, Bodger and Tao. Road trips have been the makings of stories since the first caveperson gathered some friends around the fire and said, "Wait till you hear this." Why? Because a journey is shaped like a story. By definition, every journey, like every story, has a beginning, middle and end. Likewise, every journey and every story have some sort of conflict--whether that be weathering the elements to reach the top of Mt. Everest or just a long layover in Albuquerque. Bingo! You've got yourself a story, and as readers and travelers alike know: getting there is way more than half the fun.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Title to be discussed: In the dark streets shineth: a 1941 Christmas Eve story by David McCullough.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.  From the book jacket: "Christmas Eve, 1941.  Mere days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the White House.  As war raged throughout the world, the two leaders delivered a powerful message of hope that still resonates today.  Bestselling author and renowned historian David McCullough relates a compelling story about the spirit of Christmas and the power of light to shine in difficult, dangerous times .... [a]lso sharing the stories behind the songs 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' and 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'...."

Mystery Book Club

Join the Mystery Book Club on Thursday, November 19th at 11:00 AM to discuss The Last Child by John Hart.

History Lovers' Book Club


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We’ve read a lot of history this past year!  At our final meeting of 2015, we’ll talk about our favorites, not so favorites, and -- most important -- what we want to read in 2016!  Join us Friday, December 11, 2 pm, for a lively discussion and light refreshments.

Here are some of the books we read this year:



Book Hunters in Brief #99: Veteran's Day

This week, Book Hunters wants to recognize all those who have served in the military. More than most organizations, public libraries exist without the sacrifices our veterans have made throughout this country's history. We never to forget that.

Charlie Mike: A True Story of War & Finding the Way Home
by Joe Klein

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, & Sacrifice by Howard Schultz & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

An Ancient Tradition

Simple ingredients: Flour, water, salt, and possibly yeast. Bring them together with varying degrees of pressure, time, and heat and you have created a traditional staple of life celebrated around the world - homemade bread.

The smell of baking bread triggers warm memories of yesterday and creates new ones today. It brings us together to share our stories, memories, and experiences around a common space. Life magnified through nourishment and community.

Be inspired to bake your own homemade bread for your upcoming celebrations with these books:

Remember This

Moonwalking with EinsteinIf you can remember one thing about remembering, remember this: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.  He takes you on a year-long journey to increase his ability to remember things which led to his winning the U. S. Memory Championship.  Try his tips - don't forget!  

Publishers Weekly Best Comics of 2015

2015 is coming to a close whether we want it to or not and you know what that means -- lots of Best of lists are being compiled and published throughout the internet.

Recently The Beat, an online newsource for all things comics and graphic novels, featured Publishers Weekly Best Comics of 2015. In addition to the comics list, some graphic novels made the cut in other categories including Best Young Adult and Best Middle Grade. Below are highlights from these lists that you can request through HCPL.

Goodreads Choice Awards: Romance

Voting began this week for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards.  Opening round voting ends on Sunday, 11/8, so if you’d like to cast your vote in the Romance category get over to Goodreads now.  Semifinal Round voting is November 10-15 and Final Round Voting is November 17-23.  You don't get to vote for the RITA award, so here is your opportunity to vote for your favorite romance book from 2015!


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