Elise S.'s blog

Let It Snow?

Snow and Skiers

A scene like this one may not be very likely here in Houston, where we sometimes run our air conditioners twelve months a year.  But we can still enjoy the idea of snow and cold weather that seems to go along with the holiday season in the minds of many.  Through the end of the year, we'll have our Christmas books on display and we invite you to come browse the table for cookbooks, craft books, novels, and movies with a seasonal theme.  As these materials are snapped up, we will replenish the display, so keep checking.

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Medieval CSI

Mistress of the Art of DeathTravel back to the twelfth century with this historical mystery featuring an early crime scene investigator in Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death.  Sent to medieval Cambridge to exonerate Jewish prisoners with financial ties to King Henry II, University of Salerno medical examiner Adelia Aguilar struggles to avoid being accused of witchcraft and discovers that the killer she searches for may be a...

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Thurber CarnivalTitle to be discussed:  selected stories from The Thurber Carnival, by James Thurber.  Date of meeting:  Monday, December 5, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  James Thurber's unique ability to convey the vagaries of life in a funny, witty, and often satirical way earned him accolades as one of the finest humori...

Classic Horror and Detective Fiction

Dracula by Bram StokerWell finally.  Some cooler weather comes our way and just in time for Halloween.  To complement the mood, here are a novel, a novella, and three story collections guaranteed to send a shiver up your spine...  Dracula, by Bram Stoker -- The tale of the infamous Count Dracula is also a story of six mortals desperate enough to hunt and destroy him:  Mina Harker and her lawyer husband Jonathan, millionaire adventurer Quincey Morris, Lord Godalming, Dr....

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan PoeFor our next meeting we will discuss five short stories by Edgar Allan Poe:  The Black Cat, Never Bet the Devil Your Head, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, and The Oval Portrait.  Please join us on Monday, November 7, at 6:30 PM, as we talk about these stories and explore the mind and h...

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