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Texas Mysteries

Mysteries and Legends of TexasDoes Bigfoot really live in Texas?  Read Chapter 5 of Donna Ingham’s new book Mysteries and Legends of Texas and decide for yourself.  It may make you think twice about your next walk through the woods.

Wrap It Up

Wrapagami Have you ever run out of wrapping paper with no time to go to the store?  Wrapagami by Jennifer Playford shows you how to wrap presents using fabric.  And they look much better than what I could come up with on my own.  Take a look.

 

Carrots Are Good for You

The Daily Carrot PrincipleI’m giving up the exclamation point!  Or at least, I’m cutting back on my use of it.  I suspected that I was overusing it, but after reading the September 22 entry in The Daily Carrot Principle by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, I realize I can use words for emphasis rather than relying on the punctuation poin

The Facebook Effect

The Facebook EffectFacebook.  What just came to mind when you read that one word?  Love?  Irritation?  Technology reporter David Kirkpatrick recently came out with The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World.  Don’t miss a look at the very first homepage that debuted in 2004.

Great Moments on TV

Stay TunedNormally, I like to focus on a newer book in this blog, but I came across something from 2002 that I couldn’t leave on the shelf.  Stay Tuned: Television’s Unforgettable Moments by Joe Garner lets you re-live some of your favorite moments and unbelievable events with CDs, a DVD, and the history behind them. 

National Geographic at Its Best

National Geographic Image CollectionPicture books are also for adults, as I’ve mentioned before.  And when you make it a National Geographic picture book, WOW!  Their thought-provoking photos always stun you, and the latest book is no exception.  Check out National Geographic Image Collection which showcases their best photos

Conquer the Awkward Moment

What Should I Say, What Can I Do?Awkward moments strike us all the time.  We want to say or do the right thing at the right time, but our minds just go blank.  Take a look at What Should I Say, What Can I Do? by Rebecca Bram Feldbaum.  She gives great ideas to help us prepare for those next awkward moments.

 

Oscar the Cat

Making Rounds with OscarAnimals have instincts we humans would love to possess.  Some can sense earthquakes before they occur.  Others can find their way home from thousands of miles away.  And then there’s Oscar the cat.  He lives at a nursing home in Rhode Island, and he senses when the end of life is near for a resident.  In their last hours he curls up on the bed and provides comfort and companionship.  Read about him in Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa.

 

Bet You Didn’t Know

Bubble Gum and Hula HoopsAncient Mesopotamians made lipstick out of finely crushed semiprecious stones.  Isaac Newton invented the “doggy door” for his cat.  The first disposable diaper was made with a shower curtain.  All this knowledge and more can be yours by reading Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops: The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives by Harry Oliver.

 

Movie Stars with Something to Say

Put on Your CrownThe Day I Shot CupidA couple of really nice actresses have written some quick reads for women – perfect size for taking on a trip or sitting by the pool.  Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Day I Shot Cupid is a practial guide on navigating the sometimes confusing path of dating.  Then, Queen Latifah has written

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