Book Clubs - LSC-CyFair
New! YA for Adults Book Club
Young adult (YA) books are not only for teens! If you are an adult who is forever young, join us for great discussions that focus on YA books. We will meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in LRNC 215. Questions? Contact Melanie Wachsmann at 281-290-5917 or email@example.com.
September 12: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
"One of the most highly acclaimed YA novels of 2016, Goodbye Days asks what you would do if you could spend one last day with someone you lost." - publisher summary excerpt
October 10: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
"In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines--puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize." - publisher summary excerpt
November 14: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
"In this imaginative escape into enthralling new lands, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege." - publisher summary excerpt
December 12: Until I Break by Kara Bietz
See also: eBook copy
"Two boys: One is a star athlete and top student with a deep-seated need to prove himself. The other is a chip-on-his-shoulder quarterback who will never settle for second best. When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger? A year before the shooting, Sam North has a bright future as well as a problem that nobody else seems to see—Ace Quinn, his neighbor and teammate. For years, Ace has been bullying and harassing Sam, yet he's managed to deftly conceal his actions and threats from the rest of the world. As Ace's secret rage intensifies, Sam becomes more desperate to stop him." - publisher summary excerpt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 - The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
The book club is meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on September 7 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith. The discussion will be led by a docent at the MFAH as part of their MFAH Book Club Tours. Contact email@example.com for more information or to carpool.
"Across three continents and four hundred years, Dominic Smith has spun a stunning tale of forgeries and deaths, deception and love to reveal the lasting legacy of a fateful brush stroke. Akin to the page-turning greats like Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is held together by the gravitas of a single painting to tell the story of two women, their mistakes and love affairs and their devotion to art and their struggles to thrive in a male-dominated profession." - publisher's summary excerpt
October 5 - The 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.
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
September 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Facilitator: Dorrie Scott, Reference Librarian
“A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war.” - publisher's summary excerpt
October 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Facilitator: Bobby O'Brien, History Professor
News of the World is the 2017 Gulf Coast Reads selection. “In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.” - publisher's summary (http://newsoftheworldbook.com/)
November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
Facilitator: Monica Norem, Reference Librarian
“In her acclaimed novels, Susan Vreeland has given us portraits of painting and life that are as dazzling as their artistic subjects. Now, in The Forest Lover, she traces the courageous life and career of Emily Carr, who more than Georgia O’Keeffe or Frida Kahlo blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art by capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization changed them forever.” - publisher's summary excerpt
Please Note: No Discussion Will Be Held in December.
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 Claire Gunnels at 281.290.3241 or email@example.com.
Check the Harris County Public Library mystery newsletter for book suggestions.
- August 30 - Reader's Choice
Read any mystery you like and share with the group!