Books

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.

Crafts for the Book Lover

Bound by Erica EkremIf you're looking for a gift for the book-lover in your life, pull out your craft supplies and check out Bound: Over 30 Artful Handmade Books by Erica Ekrem.  Whether it's made from leather or made from a leaf, this book has beautiful ideas for creating the perfect gift for your favorite bookworm.  

Book Hunters in Brief #78: Juneteenth

I would guess that over the years I have driven or been driven past the big pink brick house with the wrought iron balcony that sits at 24th and Broadway in Galveston nearly a thousand times, and If I ever knew that on a muggy day in June 1865 a Union General had stepped out on that balcony and by reading a terse snatch of text with the very prosaic title, "General Order No. 3" freed the slaves of Texas, I have long since forgotten it.

L'amour et le Chocolat

Biance Moraes FlickrFirst of all I apologize to any French speakers if I totally butchered that title - blame Google Translate!  I felt that I needed to lead with French when discussing Laura Florand, one of my favorite romance authors.

Book Hunters in Brief #77: Paper Towns

This week Book Hunters in Brief salutes a man with an eminently forgettable name and an uncanny ability to remember what it was like to be a young person in this big old world, John Green.

The Brass Verdict

I just finished reading The Brass Verdict. This is one of the Harry Bosch mysteries, but it’s also one of the author’s Mickey Haller novels. The first novel to feature Mick was The Lincoln Lawyer. Mick is a defense attorney who works out of his car, usually a Lincoln. He has just gotten back from a year of rehab after being shot and getting addicted to pain killers. He’s hoping to start his life over, and is surprised to learn that he has inherited several cases from a deceased colleague. His colleague was killed in the parking garage of his office and Harry Bosch is the investigating dectective. Harry is in the story, but the focus is on Mickey. He has to figure out how to best defend his client while trying to protect himself. I enjoyed reading The Lincoln Lawyer and I really enjoyed The Brass Verdict. It’s neat to see the character of Harry in a new light and Mickey’s character is likeable and charming. It’s a lighter read than the Harry Bosch mysteries, so it’s a nice change of pace. 


cover of The Lincoln Lawyer

 

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