October 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday October 12th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks (DB   81325, LB   08536)

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by September 21st) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

The author of The Social Animal (DB 72914) looks at the lives of ten famous men and women known for having overcome personal weakness to achieve outward success and inner worth. Each exemplifies humility, hard work, and devotion to a cause. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. Some violence, some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

June 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday June 6th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ONE-HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by Jonas Jonasson (DB 75820)

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by May 16th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.
NLS Annotation:
Sweden. On his one-hundredth birthday, former demolitions expert Allan Karlsson escapes from an old folks’ home, steals a suitcase filled with money, and begins a madcap adventure running from criminals and the police. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Some strong language. 2012.

February 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday February 7th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:
Working-class English girl Louisa “Lou” Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

September 2015 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons are invited to join us on Thursday, September 24th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL by Cheryl Strayed.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by September 3rd) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download the book from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

Author recounts the three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike she took on a whim in 1995, after years of devastating personal losses. Describes her encounters with rattlesnakes, locals, fellow hikers, and her own thoughts during her trek from Los Angeles to Washington State on the Pacific Crest Trail. Strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

March 2015 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday March 26th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand (DB 72129).

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by March 12th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download the book from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand (DB 72129)

Author of SEABISCUIT (DB 51968) details the life of Louis Zamperini (b. 1917), an Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who survived a plane crash and forty-seven days adrift at sea only to become a POW in Japan. Relates Louis’ later religious awakening under Billy Graham’s ministry. Violence. Bestseller. 2010.

 

January 2015 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce (DB 76196).

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by January 13th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

Six months after retiring, Harold Fry receives a letter from former coworker Queenie Hennessy, who is dying of cancer. Intending to post a reply, Harold instead walks the length of England to personally deliver his note, leaving behind his wife Maureen. Along the way Harold ruminates on his life. Some strong language. 2012.

November Book Club Podcast – The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

Author Carey Wallace joined TBP’s Book Club for the November discussion of her book The Blind Contessa’s New Machine.

Host: Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Laura

The transcript for the audio file can be found here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/tbp/Blind%20Contessa%20New%20Machine%20Transcript.txt

 

Moonwalking with Einstein – Book Club Podcast

Cover of Moonwalking With Einstein book showing four levels of a building. First level has a dinosaur exiting a door, second level has a monkey and a nurse, third level has a sumo wrestler, and the fourth level has a woman in a bikini on it.

Listen to the Texas Talking Book Program’s first podcast here! It’s an audio recording of our September 2012 Book Club meeting, where author Joshua Foer joined us to talk about his book, Moonwalking with Einstein.  

Host: Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Shannon

 

 

 

The transcript for the audio file can be found here:
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/tbp/FoerBookClubTranscript%20Text.txt

TBP Book Club – “Moonwalking With Einstein” September 4th Author Event

The Talking Book Program is delighted to share the book “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” in our upcoming book club event. We are particularly excited about this because the author, Joshua Foer, will be joining us.

I was lucky enough to attend an event at a local bookstore in Austin where Mr. Foer was speaking about his book. I explained that we were going to be discussing this title at an upcoming book club meeting at the library and asked if he’d be interested in discussing the book with patrons. Josh is a nice guy and said “yes”.

Please join us for a Q and A with the author of this title. Due to overwhelming response, we will be asking for patron questions before the call and use those to generate discussion with the author, rather than having patrons pose their questions directly. Please leave suggestions for questions in the comments section of this post.

I’m looking forward to reading and discussing “Moonwalking with Einstein” with patrons and the author on September 4th at 7 pm!! “Moonwalking With Einstein” is available in digital book, on BARD and in large print.