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 (exceptions noted below) on the following dates. For more details, contact Susan Green at 281.290.3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4 - King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb
Story of the valiant turning point of the Revolutionary War fought by Appalachian militia.
October 2 - Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan
Texas rancher Lamar Clayton commissions Gil Gilheaney to sculpt a statue of his son, Ben, who died in a battle during World War I, but Gilheaney finds the that Clayton and his son have a complicated past.
November 6- Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This novel follows the life of abolitionist Sarah Grimke and the imagined life of the slave she was given on her 11th birthday.
December 4 - The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
Loosely based on his grandfather's life after World War II, Brook features a British officer that has been billeted in a German family's villa but allows the family to stay, rather than the usual process of forcing them out.
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 Patsy Brautigam (email@example.com) for book copies and more information.
September 18 – Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell [Great Britain] - Facilitator: Tracy Williams, Reference Librarian, LSC-CyFair
This work is a kitchen-maid's through-the-key hole memoir of life in the great houses of England . . . In this memoir, the author tells her tales of service with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye. . . [and] evokes the long vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. - publisher's summary excerpt
October 16 –Foe by J. M. Coetzee [England; Crusoe’s Island, Atlantic Ocean] – Facilitator, Robert Short, Associate Professor of English, LSC-CyFair
This allegorical reinvention of the story of Robinson Crusoe, told from a woman’s point-of-view, was written by J. M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.
November 20 – The Immigrant Advantage by Claudia Kolker [various countries] - Facilitator: Matthew Turner, Professor of English, LSC-CyFair
“Journalist Kolker investigates the imported traditions and attitudes toward health, hard work, and education that give newcomers an edge over the native-born.” – Publishers Weekly review excerpt
December 11 – The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway [Bosnia & Herzegovina] - Facilitator: Monica Norem, Reference Librarian, LSC-CyFair
Galloway provides "a tense and haunting novel following four people trying to survive war-torn Sarajevo. After a mortar attack kills 22 people waiting in line to buy bread, an unnamed cellist vows to play at the point of impact for 22 days." – Publishers 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 room 215. For more details contact Lindsey Bartlett at 281.290.3973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have the group for you!
- September 24 - Le Mystère - Select any suspense or mystery tale from a French-speaking country
Suggested authors: Louise Penny (Québec), Cara Black (France), Tamar Myers (Congo (Democratic Republic))
- October 29 – Book to Screen (Meet in LRNC 118) - Read any mystery that’s been made into a movie. Check out the movie, too!
Suggested titles: Rebecca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Murder on the Orient Express, Gone Girl
- November 19 – Diane Setterfield (Meet in LRNC 118)- Read one of Diane Setterfield’s two Gothic novels: The Thirteenth Tale or Bellman & Black
- December 17 – Reader’s Choice (Meet in LRNC 131)- Share any mystery you’ve read and enjoyed in the past year.
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. Call 281.290.5276 for more information.
September 10 in LRNC 117: Five O'Clock Comes Early: A Young Man's Battle with Alcoholism by Bob Welch and George Vecsey
"In the fall of 1978 Welch made headlines by successfully striking out Reggie Jackson in the second game of that year's World Series. Six months later . . . a Florida paper announced that Welch had declared himself an alcoholic, and had just finished treatment. His story . . . is not depressing like so many of the recent biographies of notable people ruined by drink, but a touching and often painful account of a young man trying to find his individuality." - Library Journal review excerpt
October 8 in LRNC 117: Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961 edited by Mike Vance; afterword by Mickey Herskowitz.
"Historian and longtime baseball devotee Mike Vance has crafted a fascinating history that will gratify enthusiasts and shed new light on the game that made Houston a sports town. The book covers the nineteenth-century flourish of America's favorite pastime in Houston in far more detail than has ever been studied. Dizzy Dean, Chick Hafey, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo are just a few of the legendary names to appear as Vance details Houston's ascension from minor to major league play. This definitive history of Houston's passion for baseball brings together politics, personalities, and love of the game." - publisher's summary excerpt
November 12 in LRNC 117: Taking Flak: My Life in the Fast Lane by Dan Pastorini with John P. Lopez
"He changed the way NFL quarterbacks played the game, donning the first flak jacket to protect three shattered ribs. He threw perhaps the most fateful pass in playoff history, a controversial championship moment that led to use of NFL replay. He was involved in a tragic speed boating accident. He beat "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and all of drag racing's best. He was the hero in the most triumphant return an NFL team ever received. . . Dan Pastorini never has told the whole story. Until now. This is the story of a gifted, hard-driving kid from California who never stopped going fast or chasing dreams. No matter how much flak he took." - publisher's summary excerpt