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 (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates. For more information, please contact the adult reference desk at 281.290.3214.July 9 - Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
Philip Arminius Khoo-Hutton-half-British and half-Chinese, who has never been comfortable in either culture, finds his life in Malaysia further uprooted when the Japanese invade and he is again torn by his friendship with his Japanese aikido instructor.
August 6 - Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
Set in Atlanta in 1974, Kate Murphy is one of the first female police officers in a good-old-boy run police force struggling with the murder of an officer.
September 3 - Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
Marie Tussaud struggles to make a name for herself as a wax sculptor and establish a wax salon amid the upheaval of the French Revolution.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for book copies and more information.July 16 – The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje [Italy]
Facilitator: Lindsey Bartlett, Reference Librarian
“The four people who take shelter in an abandoned villa in Italy during the final days of WW II are in retreat from a world gone mad; each of them is bent on protecting painful memories and pondering irreplaceable losses.” – Publishers Weekly review excerpt
August 20 – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein [France & Britain]
Facilitator: Tracy Williams, Reference Librarian
“What is truth? The significance of Julia Beaufort-Stuart's alias, "Code Name Verity," takes on double meaning in this taut, riveting, thriller. When the story begins, Julia is an unnamed prisoner, formerly a wireless operator for the British, held captive in France by a seemingly sadistic Nazi interrogator. She has supposedly "sold her soul" in exchange for small bits of freedom, giving pieces of code in exchange for her life.” – School Library Journal review excerpt
September 17 – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi [Iran]
Facilitator: Rachel Renick, Reference Librarian
“Originally appearing in two volumes, this essential work depicts Satrapi's childhood in Iran during the 1979 revolution. She was a spirited and intelligent young girl, and while the memoir focuses on her life first in Iran and later in France, it also details the experience of living in Iran under a strict regime.” – Library Journal 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 email@example.com.We have the group for you!
- July 29 – Deep Fried Murder
Read any culinary mystery and bring a snack to share!
- August 26 – Intrigue in the Far East
Read any mystery set in China
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.
July 8: The Closer by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
"From humble roots in Panama, Mariano "Mo" Rivera went on to become the greatest closer in baseball history, notching 652 total saves, 13 all-star appearances, and five World Series rings with the New York Yankees over 18 seasons. . .Intensely competitive and a gifted athlete, Rivera will delight baseball fans. . .In an age of bravado and bluster in professional sports, he is one of the few athletes who has earned a right to brag. Yet Rivera's elegance and class manage to somehow outshine his accomplishments." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt
August 12: Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy by Dave Zirin
"In a blistering and lively text, sports journalist Zirin (Game Over) examines the hypocrisy of cities and nations that are home to these highly popular competitions. . .Through visits and a series of interviews he follows the human displacement, loss of identity, and widespread greed, corruption, and violations of human rights in a nation already racially and economically divided. Visiting Rio's favelas, the city's squatter neighborhoods populated by the less favored and poverty stricken, Zirin details occurrences that have led to protests of unprecedented proportions in Brazil, all amid loss of life and property. Quoting one of his sources the author likens these megaevents to 'upbeat shakedowns with appalling human costs.'" - Library Journal review excerpt