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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

Egyptian Hair

Masterpieces of Ancient EgyptI’ve never seen an Ancient Egyptian wig.  Shocking, I know.  But, it struck me when I was glancing through the 2006 publication of Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt by

Genealogy Never Looked So Cool

Who Do You Think You Are?I admit it: I’m addicted to genealogy.  So, there was no way I was going to miss the new TV show Who Do You Think You Are?  No way!  It’s a polished, moving series of episodes featuring stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Brooke Shields, and others discovering their heritage.  Along the way you get an inside view of American history (as well as other countries) putting faces to the stories.  If you’re new to researching your family, check out the new companion book to the series by Megan Smolenyak, the chief family his

Be Informed

Code RedHow much do you know about health care reform?  Take a look at these books published in the last couple of years and then check out the summary of the current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the Library of Congress website.  Be informed!

Keep Learning

The Intellectual DevotionalI’m a strong believer in continuing education.  What’s nice about being out of school is that you can choose what you read and how you enrich your life.  YOU decide what you learn.  There’s a great series of books called The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim.  In the first book you get 365 different mini-lessons in things like history, literature, arts, science, music, philosophy, and religion.  The other two books cover American history and health.  Like the cover says, “Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class.”

 

A Patriotic Vacation

Complete National Parks of the United StatesFor the past year I’ve heard that people have been vacationing closer to home to save money.  Thankfully, we have a big, beautiful country full of places to visit.  Take a look at National Geographic’s latest edition of Complete National Parks of the United States.  Even if you’re not planning a vacation, it’s worth browsing.

 

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