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 118 (or an alternate room to be announced) on the following dates. For more information, please contact Susan Green at 281.290.3242 or for more information.

Promise book coverOctober 1 - The Promise by Ann Weisgarber (part of Gulf Coast Reads)
Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him. But when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas - a thousand miles from home - she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her.

true women book coverNovember 5 - True Women by Janice Woods Windle
Featuring well-known historical figures as well as members of the King and Woods clans, it is a sort of Gone with the Wind , Texas-style.

Havana Bay book coverDecember 3 - Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith
In Havana, detective Arkady Renko of the Moscow police joins forces with beautiful Ofelia of the Cuban police to investigate the murder of a Russian diplomat. The protagonists find love while the reader gets an inside look at post-Cold War Havana.

Rav Hisda book coverJanuary 7 - Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton
Hisdadukh, blessed to be beautiful and learned, is the youngest child of Talmudic sage Rav Hisda. The world around her is full of conflict. Rome, fast becoming Christian, battles Zoroastrian Persia for dominance while Rav Hisda and his colleagues struggle to establish new Jewish traditions after the destruction of Jerusalem's Holy Temple. Against this backdrop Hisdadukh embarks on the tortuous path to become an enchantress in the very land where the word "magic" originated.

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 131 on the dates listed below at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Join us as we delve into Books without Borders. Contact Lindsey Bartlett at 281.290.3973 or for book copies and more information.

Lives in Ruins book coverOctober 22 – Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
Facilitator: Robert O’Brien, Professor of History
Note: Meet in LRNC 215
“In this lively love letter to archaeologists, former Esquire editor Johnson travels the world, getting her hands dirty as she studies archaeologists in their natural habitats. She joins field schools, attends conferences, and chats with the legendary and the up-and-coming practitioners of the discipline and displays infectious enthusiasm for the material. Johnson samples drinks prepared from recipes discovered in ancient tablets, braves bad weather and worse food, visits body farms, and hobnobs with the military all in an effort to examine and explore every aspect of archaeologist’s life.” – Publisher 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

Upcoming Schedule:
  • October 28 – “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. . .”
    Read any gothic mystery
  • November 18 – Reader’s Choice
    Any mystery is fair game for discussion!
  • No meeting will be held in December

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