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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.) 

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.  

Library Superheros

The Bad-Ass Librarians of TimbuktuI am a librarian, so I feel duty-bound to read any book with a title like: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. Joshua Hammer has penned the story of the city's librarians who smuggled their rare manuscripts to safety through war-torn Al Quaeda territory. I wonder if they wore capes.... 

Know Thy Generation, and Everyone Else's Too

Sticking Points by Hadyn ShawEvery generation brings new ideas and preferences to the mix. And every new generation is looked on suspiciously by the previous ones - at first. Whether you're a Traditionalist, a Baby Boomer, a Gen Xer, or a Millennial, you've been misunderstood and had to fight for what you want the world to be. When it comes to the workplace, that can get sticky. If you're a manager, you'll want to read Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart by Hadyn Shaw. 

Origami to Calm You

World's Best Origami by Nick RobinsonThe latest craze in adult coloring books is a great way to slow down, calm yourself, and use your creative side. There's another activity that does the same thing: origami. It's not just for kids. Click here for books to get you started. And be on the lookout for a great book coming this fall: Origami Chic by Sok Song. 

What are We Eating?

If we are what we eat, shouldn't we try to be well-educated on what we swallow? Here are some books that shed light on some of our modern food options:

Wheat Belly by William Davis

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The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

The Dorito Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub

Year of No Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Pogue's Basics: LifeHave you heard of Pogue's Basics? They're handy little books from David Pogue that fill in all the blanks of what you've learned in your life. One of them is all about technology and has handy tips that even one of our Technology Trainers didn't know. I recently read the one about life, and I'm using several of his tips now on a daily basis. If I wasn't a know-it-all before, I definitely am now!

Become a Weather Guru

The Extreme Weather Survival ManualBe proud of me - I can now understand what they're talking about during the weather segment on the news.  I can read a weather map, recognize how the warm and cold front is coming in, and stun my friends and family with big, impressive weather words.  You can too if you read The Extreme Weather Survival Manual by Dennis Mersereau.  It's a glossy, beautiful book made up of infographics, photos, and charts.  

The American Civil War, the National Geographic Way

The Untold Civil WarFor those who remember and loved Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story", I've got a book suggestion for you: The Untold Civil War published by National Geographic.  You'll get the rest of the story on things like the first pre-sized clothing, the rise of the U.S. Postal Service, and the real reason Abe Lincoln aged so much during the war.  Check it out.

Spy Secrets to Save Your Life

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your LifeYou pick up a tip or two throughout your life on how to avoid a situation or fight back if you're ever violently attacked.  I've never read a better book on the subject than Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life by former CIA officer Jason Hanson.  You may have seen the author on the TV show Shark Tank.  Now, read the book.

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