Book Clubs

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

All the light we cannot seeTitle to be discussed: All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure."

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Demian : The Story of Emil Sinclair’s youth, by Hermann Hesse on June 14th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The June selection will be Demian : The story of Emil Sinclair’s youth, Hermann Hesse

 

Summary

In Demian, one of the great writers of the twentieth century tells the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent--led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian- -into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.

Book Club, Friday, May 20 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month on Friday, May 20, at 2 pm, with a discussion of Frangipani, by Celestine Vaite.  This charming book brings to life Tahitian family, culture, and tradition, through a story as light as an island breeze.  Are Tahitian mother-daughter relationships very different from American ones?  Find out by getting to know Frangipani's unforgettable heroine, Materena, and her free-spirited daughter Leilani.    

Atascocita Lunch 'n' Lit: The Wright Brothers on June 9, 1 PM

Join us as we discuss The Wright Brothers by David McCollough on June 9 at 1 PM. Feel free to bring your lunch and enjoy a few provided treats as we discuss this month's selection.

YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB

The young adult book club will meet in May after taking a month off.  The book to be discussed is the awesome graphic novel, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.  Stop by the library and pick up your copy at the front desk.  The discussion is sure to be lively!  The group will meet on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all teens.  Hope to see you there!

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Boys in the boatTitle to be discussed: The boys in the boat by Daniel James Brown.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "The University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the nine boys, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what beating the odds really meant. They defeated elite rivals from California and eastern schools to earn the right to compete against the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin. The crew was assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it was their trust in each other that made them a victorious team."

The Tuesday evening book club will discuss Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips on May 10th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. May's selection will be : Heroes are my weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

Summary


New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm. He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

The Tuesday evening book club will discuss Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri on April 12th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. Aprils selection will be Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri .

Summary

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

20 poemsTitle to be discussed: Twenty poems that could save America and other essays by Tony Hoagland.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm. From back cover: "With their characteristic verve and clarity, Tony Hoagland's essays always unravel fresh dimensions of the craft of poetry.  In this new collection, they also press for a serious conversation about the role of poetry in contemporary culture.  Essays on the 'vertigo' aesthetics of new poetry stand beside appraisals of Robert Bly, Sharon Olds, and Dean Young.  At the heart of this book is an honesty and curiosity about the ways poetry can influence American imagination at both the private and public levels.  Already one of the country's most provocative poets, Hoagland with this collection confirms his role as a restless and perceptive literary and cultural critic."

RAINBOW ROWELL FANS

This month’s teen book club will be discussing Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Fangirl.  Join us on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. for a lively discussion and yummy snacks!  The teen book club meets the second Tuesday of every month.

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