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Field Guide to Dreams

Field Guide to DreamsI had a dream last night that I was being charged $2,000 for a print job at the local office supply store.  I was pretty sure I was being scammed.  What does this mean?!?  I took a look in the Field Guide to Dreams by Kelly Regan, and it had some points that hit home.  This compact reference is full of ideas in how to interpret what you dream.

Don’t Bug Me

Wicked BugsWant to read a creepy crawly history of the world?  Now you can with Amy Stewart’s Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.  As a librarian, I immediately went to the chapter on the book scorpion and book louse.

 

The Civil War in Pictures

The Civil War: an Illustrated HistoryI’m a big fan of picture books for adults.  I’ve come across a new one published by the makers of TIME Magazine that also combines my interest in history.  The Civil War: an Illustrated History is full of actual photos of the time mixed with interesting stories you may not have heard.  For instance, see before-and-after photos of one of the few women that served in the military during this time.  When her husband was called to war, she wasn’t c

True Crime Right at Home

The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw TexasTrue Crime fans have lots of options when it comes to finding interesting stories in books and on television.  Now, they have the option of finding stories that happened in their own neighborhood.  Take a look at The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Texas by Ron Franscell.  Read about Wild Bill Hickok’s last victim – located in Brenham.  Or how about the plastic surgeon in Houston that may or may not have murdered his wife with poiso

Worse Than Driving with a Cell Phone

BossypantsI only watch Saturday Night Live occasionally, and I rarely watch stand-up comedy on TV.  (Yes, I do have a sense of humor in spite of this.)  However, I cannot stop listening to the audiobook of Tina Fey’s new Bossypants.  I listen to it as I’m driving, and more than once I’ve had to turn it off so I could stop laughing long enough to be a responsible driver.  I recommend the audiobook over the book so you can hear Tina Fey herself deliver the lines as only she can do.

 

There Once Was a Girl Named….

She Walks in BeautyI suspect there are poems written for every subject a person could imagine.  (Some more interesting than others.)  I love a recent collection I saw: Caroline Kennedy’s She Walks in Beauty.  The poems run the gamut from falling in love to breaking up; from love of clothes to love of work; from growing up to growing old.  It’s a beautiful collection that makes me delighted to be a woman.

 

Be as Smart as the Next Guy

The Philosophy BookDo you have a smart friend who uses phrases that pass right over your head?  “That which is cannot be true.”  “Man is the measure of all things.”  What in the world is that supposed to mean?!?  Now you can know.  Check out The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained and fire a phrase right back at him.

 

Nuggets of Social Media Wisdom

Social Media 101You may not be into using online social media, but your customers – or rather, your potential customers sure are.  If you need to brush up or just want to get some basic tips, take a look at Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online by Chris Brogan.

 

For the Love of Cats

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cat BreedsDid you know that there are more cats than dogs as pets in the U.S.? You don’t notice because cats mostly stay inside. I’m a die-hard dog fan and never even considered getting a cat until I met and fell in love with a certain breed: the Birman. Now, I’m an equal-opportunity pet owner. To see if a breed of cat can win you over, take a look at Angela Rixon’s latest: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds

What Would You Say?

Last Words of the ExecutedI know it’s a somber topic, but most of us don’t ever plan the epitaph that will be inscribed on our tombstones.  Have you ever thought what you want your last words to humanity to be?  Take a look at Last Words of the Executed by Robert K. Elder.  It’s a sometimes stunning, sometimes aggravating look at a person’s last moment.

 

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