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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 on YA books. We will meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in LRNC 131. Questions? Contact Melanie Wachsmann at 281-290-5917 or melanie.s.wachsmann@lonestar.edu.

The Prince and the Dressmaker book coverNovember 13 - The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
"Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances--one of only two people who know the truth . . . But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone's secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart." - publisher summary excerpt

57 Bus book coverDecember 11 - The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
"If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight." - 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 susan.e.green@lonestar.edu for more information.

Song of a Captive Bird book coverNovember 1 - Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel. . .During the summer of 1950, Forugh's passion for poetry takes flight--and tradition seeks to clip her wings. . .Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad's verse, letters, films, and interviews--and including original translations of her poems--this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran--and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world." - publisher summary excerpt

Girls in the Picture book coverDecember 6 - Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. . .Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have given her the title of America's Sweetheart. The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution. . .As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered." - publisher summary excerpt

Books without Borders Book Club

Throughout the year our group will be reading books, both fiction and nonfiction, that highlight the literature, culture, environment, and politics of various parts of the world. Each month a LSC-CyFair faculty member will facilitate the conversation on the dates listed below at 1:00 p.m. in LRNC 131. 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.

After Gandhi book coverNovember 15 - After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O'Brien and Perry Edmond O'Brien
Facilitator: Rachel Hugenberg, Reference Librarian
This discussion will be part of the Gandhi Sesquicentennial celebration, and more information with a list of other events can be found at Mahatma Gandhi Sesquicentennial - Houston. In After Gandhi, “mother and son team, Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien, highlight some of the people and events that Gandhi’s actions inspired. From Rosa Parks to the students at Tiananmen Square to Wangari Maathai, these people have made the world sit up and take notice. The provocative graphics and beautiful portraits accompanying these stories stir the emotions and inspire a sense of civic responsibility.” - publisher summary excerpt

December 2018 - No discussion will be held.

Lion book coverJanuary 17 - A Long Way Home (aka Lion) by Saroo BrierleyA Long Way Home book cover
Facilitator: Rachel Renick, Reference Librarian
"At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Always wondered about his origins, and with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home. After years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family."

At the Dark End of the Street book coverFebruary 21 -  At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire
Facilitator: Bobby O'Brien, History Professor
"A history of America's civil rights movement traces the pivotal influence of sexual violence that victimized African American women for centuries, revealing Rosa Parks's contributions as an anti-rape activist years before her heroic bus protest."

I Love a Mystery Book Club

Whether you savor a cozy murder mystery, a classic whodunit, or a thriller, I Love a Mystery Book Club is a great way to add to your “to read” list. The group 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 claire.b.gunnels@lonestar.edu.

Check the Harris County Public Library mystery newsletter for book suggestions.

Upcoming Schedule:

Bluebird, Bluebird book coverOctober 31: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
"When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America." - publisher summary

November 28: Australian Thrillers
Suggestions:
The Dry by Jane Harper
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

December 26: No Meeting - Happy Boxing Day!
Note: Group returns for book discussion on January 30, 2019!


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Maintained by: M. Norem-Reference Librarian
monica.r.norem@lonestar.edu