Books

Book Hunters in Brief #89: Library Adventures for Library Card Sign Up Month

The uninformed would say that "library adventures" is an oxymoron, and as is so often the case, the uninformed would be wrong. Libraries are perfect settings for adventures. They are mazes full of mazes; chockablock with arcane clues, secret passageways as well as trap doors. Libraries are the original Choose Your Own Adventure game. Every book is a portal to another dimension, a rabbit hole, and a bottomless box of strange magic.

Entertainment Weekly's Graphic Novels to get lost in this Fall

Looking for something new to read? Recently Entertainment Weekly released their top picks of graphic novels to read this Fall. Below are titles HCPL has on order. Click the title and get in line before the request list gets long!

For the full list of titles, please visit here.

Book Hunters in Brief #88: Bookworms

As you might guess, the love of books and reading is what drives many librarians to do what they do (well...that and dreams of unimaginable wealth and power). This week, Book Hunters in Brief salutes the mighty bookworm in celebration of National Literacy Month. Here are some great books about readers and reading:

Fiend

Fiend; with a plot that sounds like the start of a bad joke, is an unexpected treat and a fresh take on a horror sub-genre that many of the most avid enthusiasts have grown weary of. Two meth addicts come out of a rundown house after a week-long bender to find that the zombie apocalypse had come and gone without them. Out of speed and long out of time to prepare, they have just two goals; stay alive and stay high.

Through the Woods

You’re walking through the woods, there’s no one around. Out of the corner of your eye you spot him- no, not Shia LeBeouf. It’s your brother whom you murdered last night, and he’s so happy to see you.

West University Book Group-October 7

the promisePlease join us to discuss The Promise, by Ann Weisgarber.  This book group meeting is part of a wider Gulf Coast Reads program, with many special events and appearances by the author throughout Harris County.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2015, at 11 a.m.

SPANISH BOOK CLUB/CLUB DE LIBROS HISPANOS

The Katy Library hosts a Spanish Book Club the first Wednesday of every month. 
Les invitamos a que todos los meses se reúna con nosotros para converser sobre un libro.  The Club will meet Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00 p.m.  This month’s book will be Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club/El Club de la Buena Estrella.

History Lovers' Book Club

Beautiful Maria of My Soul

 

Join us at Baldwin Boettcher on Friday, September 18, 2 pm, for a discussion of Beautiful Maria of My Soul, by Cuban American author Oscar Hijuelos.  This is our Hispanic Heritage Month selection, and copies of the book are available at the library.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

OrchardistTitle to be discussed: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Summary: "At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect them but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past. Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in."

Book Hunters in Brief #87: Better on Audio

For some, the notion that an audiobook could offer a more satisfying experience than the print version is sacrilegious, if not actual grounds for divorce, institutionalization and/or immediate revocation of membership in the Tuesday Night Book & Chardonnay-Tasting Club. But there are any number of valid reasons that an audiobook could be better: an exceptional performance by a voice actor, for instance, or a lyrical text written more for the ear than the eye, or just a book of particularly dense prose. I, for one, might have actually passed sophomore Am. Lit.

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