Beta Beta Book Club

 Welcome!  Turning the Page: A Brief History of the Beta Beta Book Club

 Following a suggestion by Dr. Ann Malecha at a Beta Beta Board meeting, the initial meeting of the Book Club was held in January 2015. The first book selected was Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd, a mystery featuring a World War I nurse. Readers met at the Raven Grill on Bissonnet for dinner and to discuss the book and then ventured down the street to Murder by the Book where the author (actually a mother-son duo) were appearing to discuss a newly published book.

We have continued to meet monthly at the Raven Grill and select both fiction and non-fiction books for discussion.  Topics have included current events, nursing history, nursing in wartime, mysteries, classics, and other topics that either feature nursing or are of interest to the registered nurse.  

Zeta Pi at UTHealth joined us in April 2016 and Psi Iota at the University of St. Thomas joined in May 2016.  Psi Iota actually joined while still an honor society.  Eta Delta at Prairie View joined us in May 2017.  We look forward to inviting other local STTI chapters to join us.

Please come to the Beta Beta Book Club to meet new friends from different disciplines and with various experiences that contribute to lively discussions.  Come even if you haven’t read the book -  you probably have something to add to the conversation!

Pic from Oct Meeting 2018
Oct Book Club Meeting

Pics from Sept Meeting 2018

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OUR NEXT MEETING

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Book Club Meeting 5/21/2019

Book Club Meeting 5/21//2019

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

From left: Judy McFarlane, Adrian Melissinos, Cynthia Hickman, and Melissa Gilhart July 11, 2017 - The Beta Beta Book Club met for dinner at Lucille's and then met author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs at a book signing at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This event will be coordinated with a reading of Dead Men Do Tell Tales in the coming months.  Beta Beta member Rebecca Aulbach is arranging a tour of the forensic anthropology lab at Sam Houston State University in conjunction with our reading.
Photo courtesy of Judy Fred. June 20, 2017 - The Beta Beta Book Club attended an author appearance and book signing at Brazos Bookstore.  The book was The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness by Jennifer Latson.  The author is pictured above with attendees Adrian Melissinos (Beta Beta Houston) and Audrey Barnett (Zeta Pi).

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                                                    Reading List 
                                                                                         

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January:


97 Orchard
by Jane Zeigelman
January:

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanith
January:


No Meeting
January:

 First, Do No Harm by Lisa Belkin   
January: 

Get Me Out by Randi Hutter Epstein
February:

If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin
February:

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
February:

The Nurses By Alexandra Robbins
February:

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
February:

Life Support by Suzanne Gordon
March:

Doc by Mary Doria Russell
March:

Gulp By Mary Roach
March:

Ticker By Mimi Swartz
March:

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
March: 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
April:

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa
April:

Coronary By Stephen Klaidman

April:

Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism
by Peter Hotez
April:

Death in the Air by
Kate Winkler Dawson
April:

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
May:

The Real Triumph of Japan by Louis Seaman
May:
The Girls at 17 Swann Street By Yara Zgheib

May:

Look For Me
by Janet Shawgo

May:

Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan
May:
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
June:

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
June:

The Poison Squad 
By 
Deborah Blum
June:

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
by Dawn Raffel
June:

As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
June:

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
July:

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell
July:

Educated by
Tara Westover
July:

Making Rounds with Oscar By David Dosa

July:

His Bright Light By Danielle Steel
July:

A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story... by Sarah Gray
  August:

The Quintland Sisters by
Shelley Wood
August:

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
August:

The Radium Girls
by Kate Moore
August:

Reaching Past the Wire... by Deana Germain
  September:

The Moment of Lift  by
Melinda Gates

September:


The Language of Kindness By Christie Watson
September:

Ellis Angels by Carole Lee Limata
September:

Poisoned: The True Story... by Jeff Benedict
  October: 
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
October:

The Cry and the Covenant
by Morton Thompson
October:

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
October:

Dead Men Do Tell Tales by William Maples
  November: 

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
November:


Being Mortal by Atul Gawando
November:

My Own Country by
Abraham Verghese
November:

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  December:

Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart
December:

Swabbed and Found by Frank Billingsley
December:

The Encore By Charity Tillemann-Dick
December:

Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally