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

Devil in Marshalsea book coverFebruary 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.

Moor's Account book coverMarch 5 - The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
(note: meeting in LRNC 118)
The Moor in this account is a slave who is forced to accompany his master on the treacherous Narvaez expedition to Florida and Texas.

Neverhome book coverApril 2 - Neverhome by Laird Hunt
(note: meeting in LRNC 118)
Many women disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. “Ash” leaves her husband to go since they decide she is more fit than he is.

Gutenberg's Apprentice book coverMay 7 - Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie
The invention of the printing press did not come without power and money struggles. This work focuses on the power plays.

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 Susan Green at 281.290.3242 or or Lindsey Bartlett at 281.290.3973 or for book copies and more information. 

Between Shades of Gray book cover

February 19 - 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

Poisonwood Bible book coverMarch 19 - Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver [Democratic Republic of Congo]
Facilitator: Cambria Stamper, Associate Professor of Humanities, LSC-CyFair

"Kingsolver leaves the Southwest, the setting of most of her work (The Bean Trees; Animal Dreams) and follows an evangelical Baptist minister's family to the Congo in the late 1950s, entwining their fate with that of the country during three turbulent decades. Nathan Price's determination to convert the natives of the Congo to Christianity is, we gradually discover, both foolhardy and dangerous, unsanctioned by the church administration and doomed from the start by Nathan's self-righteousness...The book is also a marvelous mix of trenchant character portrayal, unflagging narrative thrust and authoritative background detail." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Pillow Book coverApril 16 –  The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon [Japan]
Facilitator: MFAH Docent
"One of the great classics of Japanese literature, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is by far our most detailed source of factual material on life in eleventh-century Japan at the height of Heian culture." - publisher summary

Please Note: This meeting will be held 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts during its Thursday free admission day. Please contact Susan Green (, 832.482.1025) or Lindsey Bartlett (, 281.290.3973) if you would like to attend, so carpooling can be arranged.

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

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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. 

Gordie Howe book coverFebruary 11: Mr. Hockey: My Story by Gordie Howe

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