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Phone-In Book Club Series

Join the Talking Book Program Book Club for discussions, reviews, and more all about books available in the TBP library.

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

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.

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See the previous titles our Book Club has read on our Previous Book Club Titles page


UPCOMING BOOK CLUB TITLES

* * Titles and Dates Subject to Change * *

November 15 (Tuesday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, AND OTHER ASTONISHMENTS by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (DB 100702; BR 23339)

Poet shares twenty-eight essays exploring the impact of plants and animals on her perceptions of the world. In "Catalpa Tree," she reflects on growing up brown in a predominantly white town and the racism her mother experienced. Other species include the narwhal, axolotl, corpse flower, dragon fruit, and southern cassowary. Bestseller. 2020.


January 26 (Thursday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

GOODBYE TO A RIVER, A NARRATIVE by John Graves (DBC 26410)

John Graves leads us through an exciting three-week trip down the Brazos River in this classic narrative.  An excellent history of the early inhabitants along the river is well woven into this engrossing book, with memories of events in Texas history that took place along that river.  Unrated.


2023 Book Club Selections

** Titles & Dates Subject to Change **

January 26 (Thursday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

GOODBYE TO A RIVER, A NARRATIVE by John Graves (DBC 26410)

John Graves leads us through an exciting three-week trip down the Brazos River in this classic narrative.  An excellent history of the early inhabitants along the river is well woven into this engrossing book, with memories of events in Texas history that took place along that river.  Unrated.

 

March 21 (Tuesday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power (DB 96341)

Teens Hetty, Byatt, and Reese go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the Tox, a mysterious disease that has them in quarantine at their boarding school on a Maine island.  Violence and some strong language.  For senior high and older readers.  2019.

 

May 18 (Thursday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

FUZZ: WHEN NATURE BREAKS THE LAW by Mary Roach (DB 105210, BR 23940, LB 13656)

Author of Grunt (DB 86098) analyzes the investigation and crafting of policy around human-wildlife interactions and conflicts.  Roach highlights the work of animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller blasters.  She discusses the ways conservation efforts are influenced by human impact.  Strong language and some violence.  2021.

 

July 18 (Tuesday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

GUNCLE by Steven Rowley (DB 103560)

It’s been years since Patrick O’Hara left behind the life of a sitcom star for retirement in Palm Springs.  Now a family tragedy has left him in charge of his niece and nephew.  While he has always loved being Gay Uncle Patrick, this new responsibility is overwhelming.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  2021.

 

September 21 (Thursday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOLS by Jillian Cantor (DB 106770)

Reexamines The Great Gatsby (DB 16147) through its female characters.  Jay Gatsby is shot dead in his swimming pool.  It appears to be a murder/suicide when the body of George Wilson, a local mechanic, is found in the woods nearby.  Then a diamond hairpin is discovered, and three women fall under suspicion.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  2022.

 

November 14 (Tuesday), 7 - 8 p.m. (CDT)

TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

 

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