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 susan.e.green@lonestar.edu for more information.


Treacherous Paradise book coverMay 5 - Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell
A young woman leaves Sweden in 1904 in hopes of a better life but is stranded in Portuguese East Africa when she is widowed where she becomes the owner of a brothel. She finds herself alienated from most of society and must draw on her inner strength. - publisher's summary excerpt


Girl Waits with Gun book coverJune 2 - Girl Waits with Gun
by Amy Stewart
Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family -- and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. An enthralling novel based on a true story. - publisher's summary excerpt

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 Rachel Renick at 281.290.5254 or rachel.l.renick@lonestar.edu for book copies and more information.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao book coverMay 12 (note: date change) - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Facilitator: Stephanie Krueger, Spanish Professor
 
"Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love." – from Junot Díaz's website


Maya book coverJune 23 - Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Facilitator: Macarena Aguilar, ESOL Professor

“Internationally revered for her truth-seeking historical fiction, Allende takes on the present with equal bewitchment and intensity. As Maya’s grandmother, Nidia, sends her into protective custody on Chiloé, an island off Chile’s southern coast, she hands her a notebook in which this imperiled and irascible 19-year-old records her wrenching story. Fair and tall, Maya does not resemble her Chilean side, neither her absentee pilot father nor tough-love Berkeley activist Nidia, but, rather, her Danish flight-attendant mother, who left her newborn with her in-laws. To further complicate matters, Maya’s guiding light was her grandfather, Nidia’s second husband, a wise and loving African American astronomer. It is his death that precipitates the “voyage to the underworld” of addiction, crime, and homelessness that nearly kills her. Maya alternates between recounting her past and reporting on her gradual acclimation to Chiloé, a microcosm of Chile’s cultural and spiritual splendor and traumatic and tragic history. Every character is enthralling, including Manuel, the all-but-monastic anthropologist and political exile who takes Maya in; Freddy, the young junkie Maya meets in Las Vegas; and the “good witches,” who restore her sense of worth. This is a boldly plotted, sharply funny, and purposefully bone-shaking novel of sexual violence, political terror, “collective shame,” and dark family secrets, all transcended by courage and love.” – review from Booklist


Master and Margarita book coverJuly 21 - The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Facilitator: Jane Stimpson, Reference Librarian

"One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny, and devastating satire of Soviet life combines two distinct yet interwoven parts, one set in contemporary Moscow, the other in ancient Jerusalem, each brimming with historical, imaginary, frightful, and wonderful characters. Written during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, and finally published in 1966 and 1967, The Master and Margarita became a literary phenomenon, signaling artistic and spiritual freedom for Russians everywhere." - from the publisher's website


Long Way Home book coverAugust 18 - The Long Way Home by David Laskin
Facilitator: Bobby O'Brien, History Professor

"In The Long Way Home, award-winning writer David Laskin traces the lives of a dozen men who left their childhood homes in Europe, journeyed through Ellis Island, and started over in a strange land–only to cross the Atlantic again in uniform when their adopted country entered the Great War. Though they had known little of America outside of tight-knit ghettos and backbreaking labor, these foreign-born conscripts were rapidly transformed into soldiers, American soldiers, in the ordeal of war. Two of the men in this book won the Medal of Honor. Three died in combat. Those who survived were profoundly altered–and their heroic service reshaped their families and ultimately the nation itself. Epic, inspiring, and masterfully written, this book is an unforgettable true story of the Great War, the world it remade, and the humble, loyal men who became Americans by fighting for America." – from the publisher’s website

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 cynthia.j.hoffart-watson@lonestar.edu.

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