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The TBP Book Club is currently a phone-in format. We will give patrons a phone number and passcode, and they join us via conference call. The only technology you need to join the Book Club is a telephone!
 

When you are ordering a title for TBP Book Club, let us know so we can get the title out to you as soon as possible. All selected titles are also available for download from BARD. Whether ordering or downloading, please let us know if you plan on joining our book club discussion.
 

Please contact a Reader's Advisory Librarian at 1-800-252-9605 or at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov with any questions or to RSVP.

See the previous titles our Book Club has read
 


UPCOMING BOOK CLUB TITLES

* * Dates Subject to Change * *
 

September 24 (Thursday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

DUTCH HOUSE, by Ann Patchett

Dutch House book cover
Through a canny investment at the end of World War II, Cyril Conroy lifts his family out of poverty.  His first order of business is to buy the lavish Dutch House.  But this purchase brings only heartache to his loved ones—including children Danny and Maeve.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2019.  DB 96739  BR 22980; LB 12756

 



October 15 (Thursday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

TEXAS GREAT READ BONUS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION

BUTTERFLY YELLOW, by Thanhha Lai

Butterfly Yellow cover
In the final days of the Vietnam War, Hang takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America.  When Linh is ripped from her arms, Hang is left behind.  Years later she is reunited with Linh, who remembers nothing.  Commercial audiobook.  For senior high and older readers.  2019.  DB 97144


Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading.  The festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress and takes place during Labor Day weekend in Washington, D.C.

In honor of this event, the Texas Talking Book Program will host a Bonus Book Club meeting so that our patrons can participate in the Great Texas Read initiative.  The Great Texas Read is an event sponsored by Texas Center for the Book.
 



2020 BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS

** Dates subject to change **


January 30 (Thursday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

Educated Westover book coverEDUCATED: A MEMOIR, by Tara Westover

Memoir exploring the author's path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard.  Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more.  Violence and strong language.  Bestseller.  2018.  DB 90188; BR 22656; LB 10807

 

March 24 (Tuesday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

Friend Nunez book coverFRIEND: A NOVEL, by Sigrid Nunez

A writing professor is mourning the suicide of her best friend and mentor, a famous author.  She takes responsibility for Apollo, her friend's huge Great Dane, finding in the dog someone to share her immense grief.  Some descriptions of sex.  Commercial audiobook.  Bestseller.  2018.  DB 90286

 

May 21 (Thursday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

Great Alone Hannah book coverGREAT ALONE, by Kristin Hannah

1974. Former Vietnam prisoner of war Ernt Allbright moves his family, including wife Cora and thirteen-year-old daughter Leni, north to Alaska.  While the weather is temperate, the family survives on the generosity of locals.  But when winter descends, Ernt's mental health fractures.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  Bestseller.  2018.  DB 90090

 

July 21 (Tuesday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

SArthur Truliv Berg book coverTORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV, by Elizabeth Berg

Grieving widower Arthur eats lunch in the cemetery every day, to be near his wife's grave.  There he meets troubled teenage Maddy, and the pair form a friendship that helps them both out of their isolation.  Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.  Commercial audiobook.  2017.  DB 89990; BR 22155

 

September 24 (Thursday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

Dutch House book coverDUTCH HOUSE, by Ann Patchett

Through a canny investment at the end of World War II, Cyril Conroy lifts his family out of poverty.  His first order of business is to buy the lavish Dutch House.  But this purchase brings only heartache to his loved ones—including children Danny and Maeve.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2019.  DB 96739;  BR 22980; LB 12756

 

October 15 (Thursday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

TEXAS GREAT READ BONUS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION

Butterfly Yellow coverBUTTERFLY YELLOW, by Thanhha Lai

In the final days of the Vietnam War, Hang takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America.  When Linh is ripped from her arms, Hang is left behind.  Years later she is reunited with Linh, who remembers nothing.  Commercial audiobook.  For senior high and older readers.  2019.  DB 97144

Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading.  The festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress and takes place during Labor Day weekend in Washington, D.C.

In honor of this event, the Texas Talking Book Program will host a Bonus Book Club meeting so that our patrons can participate in the Great Texas Read initiative.  The Great Texas Read is an event sponsored by Texas Center for the Book.

 

November 10 (Tuesday), 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central

Woman's Hour Weiss book coverWOMAN'S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE, by Elaine F. Weiss

An account of the battle to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment when, in 1920, Tennessee was the last state whose assent was needed.  Discusses the women fighting for ratification and the opposing forces, including politicians, liquor companies, and railroad magnates.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2018.  DB 90697; LB 09425

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