Books

Reading Other People's Mail

Letters of Note by Shaun UsherYou can learn a lot by reading other people's mail. But before you go violating postal law, why not read Letters of Note: an Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher. Who wouldn't be interested in reading the letters of Abraham Lincoln, Marge Simpson, Mozart, and David Bowie? Oh, and there are two big volumes of this book so far! 

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

The unthinkableTitle to be discussed: The unthinkable: who survives when disaster strikes--and why by Amanda Ripley.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Amanda Ripley retraces the human response to some of history's epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917, a plane crash in England in 1985, to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center. Then, to understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. Finally, Ripley steps into the dark corners of her own imagination, having her brain examined by military researchers and experiencing through realistic simulations what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire. Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain's fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses."

Book Club Meets Friday August 18 @ 2 pm

With the solar eclipse fast approaching, it's a great time to read a book set in space, and explore the genre of Science Fiction.  Crosby Book Club will meet to discuss Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population, on Friday, August 18 at 2 pm.  The novel's protagonist, Ofelia, has lived on Colony 3245.12 for forty years.  When the corporation which runs the colony loses its franchise, the colonists are forced to relocate.  Ofelia, relishing the opportunity to finally be totally free and independent, manages to stay behind, the sole occupant of the entire planet....or so she thinks.  

Book Club: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

On Wednesday, September 13 at 11:00 am our “A Novel Idea” book club convenes again to discuss “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. Enjoy light refreshments as you immerse yourself in lively discussion of the work and general social interaction.

The Woman in Cabin 10

For more information contact Sharon or Monica at 281-590-1456
 

 

August Book Clubs

The Northwest Branch Library has several active book clubs that meet regularly each month. If you would like to participate, consider joining one (or all) of the clubs. Fellowship and fun for all. If you have any questions related to the book clubs, please contact the Northwest Branch Library at 832-927-5460 or via email at nw@hcpl.net and a staff member will assist you. This months meeting times and selections are:

Inspirational Book Club, August 17th at 2:00pm

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Rosie projectTitle to be discussed: The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date.... So when an acquaintance informs Don that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet Don must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical; most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things, and is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent, and on a quest of her own. Rosie is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper."

Crosby Book Club meets Friday, July 28 @ 2 pm

Are you looking for a summer romance?  Join Crosby Book Club on Friday, July 28, at 2 pm as we discuss The Last Letter from Your Lover, by Jojo Moyes.  In this 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year, Jennifer Stirling finds an impassioned letter, signed "B", asking her to leave her husband.  Because of injuries suffered in a car accident though, she cannot recall the relationship, and has no idea who "B." is.  Decades later, a young woman finds the same letter in a newspaper archive, and becomes determined to find out if the lovers had a happy ending.

Book Club: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

On Wednesday, August 9 at 11:00 am our “A Novel Idea” book club convenes again to discuss “My Story” by Elizabeth Smart. Enjoy light refreshments as you immerse yourself in lively discussion of the work and general social interaction.

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

For more information contact Sharon or Monica at 281-590-1456
 

 

The Bassoon King

The Bassoon King by Rainn WilsonIf the title doesn't draw your attention, then maybe the foreword by Dwight Schrute will. I just added to my to-read list The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson.

Teen Book Club: The Giver

Join us as our teen book club continues on Tuesday, July 18 at 4:00 pm. Discuss the intricacies of the narrative. Share in the interplay of literary minds. Work together to select more great books for next time.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This month's book will be The Giver by Lois Lowry

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