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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.) 

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

Wheat Belly

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

The Dorito Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub

Year of No Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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