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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

Biographies in Bite Size

American SketchesIf you’re a biography reader, you’ve probably read something from Walter Isaacson.  This summer while you’re sitting in the sun or passing the long afternoons away, read his bite-size biographies in American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane.

 

Houston Restaurants

Fearless Critic Houston Restaurant Guide 2010Don’t you just cringe when people are brutally honest?  Well, you won’t when it comes to advice on local restaurants.  Check out the Fearless Critic’s Houston Restaurant Guide 2010.  As it says on the cover, “Brutally honest local food critics rate and review 450 places to eat.”  Bon apetit!

 

First Ladies

The First Ladies of the United States of AmericaFirst Ladies of the United States are often more interesting than their powerful husbands.  Read a little about Dolly Madison or Mary Todd Lincoln, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  For a really interesting read, try Presidential Wives by

Keeping up Appearances in a Down Economy

Crafty MamaWith the economy the way it is, how do you keep up with the coolest, latest trends?  If you’re a baby or toddler, you get your mom to check out the book Crafty Mama Makes 49 Fast, Fabulous, Foolproof (Baby & Toddler) Projects by Abby Pecoriello.  With very little craft experience, you can make things like the No-Sew Swanky Blanky, the Better Bolder Wipey Holder, or my favorite: the Spongebob Squarehat.

 

My Next Vacation

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval EnglandMany people come into the library to check out travel guides for their next vacation destination.  How about instead of getting a guide to Maui or Paris, check out The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by

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