Rienzi and Bayou Bend Book Club

About

Look to the MFAH for good books and great conversations!

The MFAH presents a unique book club inspired by history. Throughout the year, the two house museums host free discussions about books on life in America and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Meetings alternate between Bayou Bend and Rienzi.

Drop in to participate! Call 713.639.7800 or 713.639.7759 or e-mail rienzi@mfah.org for more information. For additional details, scroll through the sections below, and visit mfah.org/calendar.


2014–2015 Book Club Calendar

 

July 9, 2014 (at Rienzi)
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie

September 10, 2014 (at Bayou Bend)
Writing on the Wall: Social Media—The First 2,000 Years
by Tom Standage

November 5, 2014 (at Rienzi)
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
by Andrea Wulf

January 14, 2015 (at Bayou Bend)
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

March 11, 2015 (at Rienzi)
Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era
by Caroline Moorehead

May 13, 2015 (at Bayou Bend)
The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities (Part I)
by Richard Lyman Bushman

July 8, 2015 (at Rienzi)
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
by William Dalrymple


Library

September 2011
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
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October 2011
A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
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November 2011
Taste: The Story of Britain through Its Cooking
by Kate Colquhoun
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December 2011
Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes
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Click here for a delightful, vintage trailer.

January 2012
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber
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February 2012
The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

March 2012
The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story by Janet Gleeson
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April 2012
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf
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May 2012
Young Romantics by Daisy Hay
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June 2012
Pets in America: A History by Katherine C. Grier
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July 2012
Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty by Joan Haslip
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August 2012
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
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September 2012
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life by James Deetz
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November 2012
Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles by Robert Sackville-West
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January 2013
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
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March 2013
Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today by Catherine Horwood
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May 2013
The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth
 
July 2013
The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casualand the Modern Home Began by Joan DeJean
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September 2013
The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
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November 2013
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
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January 2014
Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America by Jennifer K. Anderson
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March 2014
The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies by Matthew Parker
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May 14 2014
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
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Resources

Selected book club texts, as well as an overflowing array of decorative arts and historical resources, are available at the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center at Bayou Bend's Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center.

Selected book club texts are available for purchase at The Shop at Bayou Bend.
MFAH Members receive a discount.