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 on the following dates. For more information, please contact Susan Green at 281.290.3242 or email@example.com for more information.
May 4 - Magdalen Girls by V.S Alexander
“In 1962 Dublin, there still existed the commercial laundries in convents, known as Magdalen laundries, run by nuns and worked by young women of "ill repute"--prostitutes, petty thieves, unwed mothers, and girls abandoned by their families for various reasons.” - review excerpt from Library Journal
June 1 - Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
The daughter of Jewish refugees, Rachel Pomié grows up on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, but dreams of traveling to Paris. Family plans force her into a different life on the island but she eventually finds her happiness. Inspired by the life of the woman who would become the mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.
Please Note: No July discussion will be held due to the Independence Day Holiday.
August 3 - The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
It's the summer of 1914 and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England is about to take an interesting turn. The characters we come to love and root for become characters we hope and pray for when the shadow of the Great War looms ever closer to home.
September 7 - Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis
Leeta arrives in Argentina to marry the young man she barely knew from her village, only to find that he has been killed. She decides to learn how to use the family violin to make a living. However, she must pass as a man to be accepted as a tango musician.
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 on the dates listed below in LRNC 131 at 1:00 p.m. and in LRNC 215 at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Join us as we delve into Books without Borders. Contact Rachel Renick at 281.290.5254 or firstname.lastname@example.org for book copies and more information.
May 18 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
Facilitator: Melanie Wachsmann, Reference Librarian
“When pale strangers enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village, her entire tribe welcomes them; for in her remote part of Africa, visitors are always a cause for celebration. But these strangers are not here to celebrate. They are here to capture the strongest, healthiest villagers and to murder the rest. They are slave traders. And in the time it takes a gun to fire, Amari's life as she's known it is destroyed, along with her family and village. Beaten, branded, and dragged onto a slave ship, Amari is forced to witness horrors worse than any nightmare and endure humiliations she had never thought possible — including being sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas who gives her to his sixteen-year-old son, Clay, as his birthday present. Now, survival and escape are all Amari dreams about.” - publisher's summary excerpt
June 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
Facilitator: Jane Stimpson, Reference Librarian
“Just as her father makes the wrenching decision to send her away for a chance at a better life, Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—suddenly disappears. As the people of the Haitian seaside community of Ville Rose search for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed. In this stunning novel about intertwined lives, Edwidge Danticat crafts a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores the mysterious bonds we share—with the natural world and with one another.” – publisher's summary
July 20 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Facilitator: Rachel Renick, Reference Librarian
“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.” - publisher's summary excerpt
August 24 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Facilitator: Matt Turner, English Professor
All the Light We Cannot See won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” - publisher's summary 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 Cindy Hoffart-Watson at 281.290.3265 or email@example.com.
Check the Harris County Public Library mystery newsletter for book suggestions.
- May 31 - Mysteries for Foodies (see also: Other food-related titles)
Chef: A Novel by Jaspreet Singh
Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruri
Dying For Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
- June 28 - Readers' Choice
- July 26 - Young Adult (YA) Mystery
The Naturals by Jennifer Barnes
Heist Society by Ally Carter
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
The Incident on the Bridge by Laura McNeal
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
When by Victoria Laurie
Also, YA books by James Patterson, Harlan Coben, and John Grisham
- August 30 - Mystery Books to Movies
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel by Fannie Flagg
Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Girl on the Train by Gillian Flynn
Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke