Book Clubs - LSC-CyFair
Back in Time: Historical Fiction Book Club
If you like a bit of fiction with your history, join us for great discussions each month at 1:00 p.m. in LRNC 131 (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates. For more details, contact Susan Green at 281.290.3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 8 - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Chilling back story of the last woman sentenced to death in Iceland for murder, which occurred in 1829.
February 5 - Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
(note: meeting in LRNC 118)
Tom Hawkins is imprisoned for debt in 1720’s London at Marshalsea, a notorious prison where he becomes involved in the murder of another prisoner.
Books without Borders
Throughout the year our group will be reading books, both fiction and non-fiction, that highlight the literature, culture, environment, and politics of various parts of the world. Each month a LSC-CyFair faculty member will introduce and facilitate the conversation in LRNC 215 on the dates listed below at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Please pick up a reading guide from the 2nd floor reference desk the first week of each month. Join us as we delve into Books without Borders. Contact Patsy Brautigam (email@example.com) for book copies and more information.
January 15 - An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris [France]
Facilitator: Susan Green, Reference Librarian, LSC-CyFair
"The tale is told by Maj. Georges Picquart, a rising star in the French military circa 1895. Shortly after he witnesses the public humiliation and imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer accused of treason, the major is appointed head of the "Statistical Section," the country's blandly named spy agency. An adept student of spycraft, Picquart soon becomes aware of other plots to sell French secrets. He also discovers that his predecessor's case against Dreyfus was shockingly weak, but no one in the complacent, corrupt, and frequently anti-Semitic government wants to hear the truth. Picquart is a fascinating protagonist and narrator, personally flawed but determined to pursue the truth even when government resistance threatens his career, his life, and everyone around him." - Library Journal review excerpt
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys [Lithuania and Siberia]
Facilitator: Melanie Wachsmann, Reference Librarian, LSC-CyFair
". . .This taut first novel tells the story of Lithuanians deported and sent to Siberian work camps by Stalin during WWII. From the start, Sepetys makes extensive use of foreshadowing to foster a palpable sense of danger, as soldiers wrench Lina's family from their home. . . A harrowing page-turner, made all the more so for its basis in historical fact, the novel illuminates the persecution suffered by Stalin's victims (20 million were killed), while presenting memorable characters who retain their will to survive even after more than a decade in exile." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt
I Love a Mystery Book Club
Enjoy the flexibility of a book club where everyone reads a different book from one theme or author—it’s a great way to add to your “to read” list! The club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in LRNC 131. For more details contact Lindsey Bartlett at 281.290.3973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have the group for you!
- January 28 – Literary Sleuthing!
Read any book from Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. (The first book is The Eyre Affair.)
Sports Page Book Club
On the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. join your host Mick Stafford for sports talk and books in LRNC 117. Call 281.290.5276 for more information.
January 14: The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook
February 11: Mr. Hockey: My Story by Gordie Howe