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Going to Grandma's House

Where We Lived by Jack LarkinJust added a book to my "to read" list: Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home by Jack Larkin. With photos and drawings, you get a history of how we've lived in America since the country was formed. For genealogists and social historians, how cool! 

Blinded by Transit Maps

Transit Maps of the World by Mark OvendenThis one falls under the category of "surprisingly mesmerizing". Who knew transit maps from cities around the world could be so fascinating? It's a little bit of geography mixed with a dash of history. And I'm hooked! Check out Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden.

The Rodeo's in Town

Rodeo courtesy of Clker.comIn case you haven't heard, it's rodeo time! The Katy ISD Livestock Show & Rodeo kicks off next week on Thursday, 2/16 at 7:00pm. Yee haw!

What's in a Picture?

Picture This by Molly BangThis one falls into the category of coming soon (aka being processed as a new book), but I'm very curious to see it. When you see a picture or illustration, what is it that brings out your emotions? Do diagonals bring out the drama? Do curves calm you? I'm going to find out when I read Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang.

The Power of the Introvert

Quiet by Susan CainExtroverts get all the attention, but can you imagine a world without the likes of Rosa Parks, Chopin, or Dr. Seuss? In Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, we introverts are pulled out of our shells (even though we prefer to stay in) and shown how important and powerful we are in our society.  

The Prettier Side of Politics

First Women by Kate Andersen BrowerLet's take a break from the deluge of political commentary and look at the prettier side of politics: the First Lady. This week someone mentioned a book to me that I immediately added to my list: First Women: the Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower. 

Get Cooking

Kitchen Hacks by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and America's Test KitchenBecome the wacked-out, flame-throwing, MacGyver-esque culinary guru you were always meant to be. Check out Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and America's Test Kitchen. Sharpen your knife and pull out the lighter - I'm hungry.  

The Flood of Information - Whadda We Do with It?

Everydata by John JohnsonYou've probably felt it: we're bombarded today with information coming from every direction. Sometimes the sheer volume of information you're exposed to can make it hard to understand and make decisions based on it. There's a great eBook on this in our Hoopla eLibrary called Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day by John H. Johnson and Mike Gluck. (And checking out an eBook this year helps us reach our Project Mill-E goal of checking out one million eBooks and eAudiobooks in 2016. As of today, we're 81% there.) 

English Speaking Practice at the ESL Book Club

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsIf English is your second language, and you want to speak it better, join our monthly ESL Book Club. We spend 2 or 3 months on a book and meet to discuss it - all in English. The next meeting is this coming Wednesday, 9/21 at 3:30pm, and we're discussing Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  

All Things Seinfeld

SeinfeldiaSay it with me now: "A Festivus for the rest of us", "These pretzels are making me thirsty", "Serenity now!". If any of these make sense to you, then you'll love a new book called Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. The print book has a waiting list, but you can download the audio with your library card from Hoopla.  

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