Past Meetup

Houston Montrose Great Books

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The Houston Montrose Great Books discussion group is affiliated with Great Books and meets at 6pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Our location is in the downstairs conference room of The Houston Freed-Montrose Public Library at 4100 Montrose Boulevard, one black south of Richmond in the same shopping center as The Black Lab Restaurant.

Parking for attendees is available in a parking garage behind the Library. You may have to take a ticket when you enter the garage but the attendant leaves at 7pm so you don't need to pay on your way out.

We love to have new members. We ask that you read the book if you want to participate in the discussion but everyone is welcome to attend and listen whether they have read the selection or not. Call or email me if you would like more info.

Hope to see you soon!


Our main website info is at:
http://www.houstonboo... (
Our blog is at:
http://www.houstonboo... (
An archive of previous meeting reminders (and such) is at: (
We are affiliated with Houston Great Books as reflected at:
http://www.houstongre... (
And here is a guide to Shared Inquiry which is basically how we try to conduct the discussion.
http://www.houstonboo... (

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Aug 2 - THE CONFIDENCE MAN by Herman Melville [publ 1857] 336 pages
The novel's title refers to its central character, an ambiguous figure who sneaks aboard a Mississippi steamboat and attempts to test the confidence of the passengers, whose varied reactions constitute the bulk of the text. In this work Melville is at his best illustrating the human masquerade. Each person including the reader is forced to confront that in which he places his trust.
--Will leading discussion

Sep 6 - AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD by Kazuo Ishiguro [publ 1989] 208 pages
Short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Both a character study and an intriguing glimpse of pre-war Japan, in many ways it is a Japanese parallel to Ishiguro's highly successful third novel, The Remains of the Day
--Alice leading discussion

Oct 4 - Discussion and Leadership Improvement Mini-Workshop by Wendy [yes, the Wendy who is a member of our group]
In her words: I like the word "improvement" more than "training" because our group already does a very good job at discussion. Basically I'll just do one session on improving discussion and one session on how to create questions. Then we can spend any extra time on talking about the stories.
Stories to include: THE VELDT ( by Ray Bradbury [8 pages] which is also available as a reading by Stephen Colbert HERE on youtube. A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND ( by Flannery O'Connor [8 pages] --Wendy leading discussion

Nov 1 THE END OF THE AFFAIR by Graham Greene [publ 1951] 237 pages
Acclaimed by William Faulkner as "for me one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody's language."
Set in London during and just after World War II, the story of a woman lost between two men, a husband and a lover, told from the lover's point of view. The plot is dramatic, the characters unwittingly and wittingly involved in one of the most common human stories beautifully and compellingly told. Graham Greene's own affair with Lady Catherine Walston played into the basis for this novel.
--Will leading discussion

Dec 6 -CAT'S CRADLE: A NOVEL by Kurt Vonnegut [publ 1963] 304 pages
Explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. Chilling "end of the world" classic.
--Alice leading discussion
[Note: election at this meeting - ongoing ballot at: ]

Readings for 2013 Jan 3 - NO MEETING THIS MONTH! [holiday week]
This gives us time to start reading next month's LONG book early!

Feb 7 - ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren [publ 1946] 600 pages
Pulitzer Prize winner. Rated the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century by Modern Library and one of 100 best novels since 1923 by TIME magazine. Pronounced by Sinclair Lewis as "one of our few national galleries of character."
Story traces career of a demagogue - loosely based on Governor Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. An idealistic man of the people soon becomes corrupted by success and is caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.
[LONG BOOK CATEGORY - have more time to read if you use extra time from January]
--Marcella leading discussion

Mar 7 NEUROMANCER by William Gibson [publ 1984] 288 pages
First winner of the science-fiction "triple crown": the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award.
The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off the ultimate hack.
--Wendy leading discussion