AUGUST BOOK CLUB PICKS

Magnolia City by Duncan W. Alderson

Houston in the 1920s is a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus Allen, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful, rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear of a wildcatter--an outsider named Garret MacBride.
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NON-FICTION PICK

One Summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer," was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. All this and much, much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things--and when the twentieth century truly became the American century.  Read More »

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FAITHPOINT PICK

One Nation by Ben Carson

I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great.  Read More »

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KIDS' PICK

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

A young girl, a winged horse, and an Olympian war make for an adventurous start to an exciting trilogy. When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, 13-year-old Emily's life changes forever.  Read More »

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TEEN PICK

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in. But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.  Read More »

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LITERARY PICK

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

The bestselling author of Maine returns with an exhilarating novel about Frances Gerety, the real pioneering ad woman who coined the famous slogan "A Diamond is Forever,"  Read More »

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EBOOK PICK

The Giver by Mary Lois Lowry

Soon to be a major motion picture, The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.  Read More »

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