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Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Empire Falls by Richard RussoTitle to be discussed: Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Time of meeting: Monday, April 2, 2012, at 6:30pm. Summary:  With this novel, Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America's most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for twenty years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter, Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. 

The Voice of Audio

The Broker by John GrishamHave you ever given up on an audio book because you didn’t like the voice of the reader?  Or have you listened to one of an author’s books in audio format and loved it, but then found when you tried to read another book by that author, that you just couldn’t get into it?  The quality of the reader’s voice is comparable to a writer’s style –- hard to define, very personal in its ability to draw you in (or not), and one of the things that makes recommending a book to another person less than the pure science we’d like it to be.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Short Stories of F. Scott FitzgeraldTitle to be discussed: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (and any other Fitzgerald stories you want to read!) Time of meeting: Monday, March 5, at 6:30 pm. Summary: In his short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fitzgerald provides a humorous and touching journey that reveals what it's like to be born old and age in reverse. First published in Collier's magazine in 1922, this classic story affirms Fitzgerald's place in American literature as the most enduring chronicler of the Jazz Age and of the excesses of his generation.

Chess Club!

White Queen Chess Piece

Calling chess players of all ages!  Chess Club is starting up again at the Baldwin Boettcher Library.  Whether you're just learning or you're a master at the game, join us on the 2nd Monday of every month, starting in February for an evening of strategy and fun!  Questions?  Contact Ms. Leanne at the Baldwin Boettcher Library.

There's More Than One Way to Tell a Story...

Movie & PopcornEver love a book, but can’t stand the movie?  Or maybe it’s the other way around?  Then come to the Baldwin Boettcher Library for a new type of book club for teens and tweens!  Starting in February, we will host a new type of book club for teens and tweens, where we will watch a movie, and discuss the movie and the book that inspired it.  Is one better than the other?  Why?  Come to the Baldwin Boettcher Library to find out!

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassJoin us for this Black History Month book club reading.  Title to be discussed:  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass.  Time of meeting:  Monday, February 6, 2012, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  "I was born in Tuckahoe.  I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.  By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant."  So begins the now-classic personal account of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who was born into slavery in Maryland and who became, after his escape to Massachusetts in 1838, an ardent abolitionist and campaigner for women's rights.

New Audio TItles

Then Again by Diane KeatonLooking for something new to listen to?  You can always find our recently cataloged CDs on the New Titles page -- there's a link in the Menu section to the left and another link at the very top of the page.  These lists are updated each month and are a great way to find the newest arrivals to the HCPL collection.  While some, like Diane Keaton's autobio

Baldwin Boettcher Branch -- Evening Book Club

The Pursuit of HappynessTitle to be discussed:  The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner.  Date of meeting: Monday, January 9, at 6:30 PM.  Summary:  This is the astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall St

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.

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

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