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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.

 

Shhh, It’s a Secret

In the President's Secret ServiceDo you have a hard time keeping a secret?  Try working in the Presidents’ Secret Service!  Apparently, some of them have a hard time keeping a secret too, and we’re the lucky ones now to be able to read some of the nitty-gritty that happens behinds closed doors.  Take a look at In the President’s Secret Service by Ronald Kessler.

 

Keep an Eye on Your Garden

The Bizarre and Incredible World of PlantsTake a look at a flower in your garden.  Pretty, right?  Well, take a look at the photography book The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler, and Madeline Harley.  I kept having to remind myself that I wasn’t reading a science fiction book.  Creepy… yet strangely beautiful.

 

Galveston – post-Ike

Walking Historic GalvestonTravel books can become outdated pretty quickly.  All it takes is one natural disaster to change the landscape and the accommodations.  If you’re visiting Galveston soon, take a look at a book that’s come out since Hurricane Ike: Walking Historic Galveston: a Guide to its Neighborhoods by Jan Johnson.

 

Don’t Swallow Your Gum!

Don't Swallow Your Gum!True or False?  The average person swallows eight spiders per year.  I was extremely happy to read reasons why this is an unlikely statement in the new printing of the book Don’t Swallow Your Gum! by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman.  And, no, gum doesn't stay in your stomach for 7 years if you swallow it.

 

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