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!


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.  Stay tuned for more information!

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).

Our Next Meeting 


Beta Beta Houston Book Club Reading List 

December 2017: Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
November 2017:
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

October 2017: Dead Men Do Tell Tales by William Maples

September 2017: Poisoned: The True Story... by Jeff Benedict

August 2017: Reaching Past the Wire... by Deana Germain

July 2017:  A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story... by Sarah Gray

June 2017: Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

May 2017: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

April 2017: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

March 2017: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

February 2017: Life Support by Suzanne Gordon

January 2017: Get Me Out by Randi Hutter Epstein

December 2016: An American Nurse Amidst Chaos... by Gladys Mouro

November 2016: The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

October 2016: The Hospital by Jan de Hartog

September 2016: The Heart by Maylis De Kerangal

August 2016: Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Cristin Aptowicz

July 2016: Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell, WWI Nurse by Terri Arthur

June 2016: Call the Nurse: True Stories... by Mary J. MacLeod

May 2016
(1) The Glory Cloak by Patricia O'Brien
(2) Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott

April 2016: The Shift: 1 Nurse, 12 Hours, 4 Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown

March 2016: The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes

February 2016: A Never Event by McKnight and Bennington

January 2016: Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough

December 2015: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

November 2015: The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber

October 2015: The Florence Prescription... by Joe Tye

September 2015: Death Without Cause by Pamela Triolo

August 2015: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

July 2015: Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James

May 2015: We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman

March 2015: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

January 2015: A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd