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A Robot to Water My Plants

The Big Book of HacksPopular Science Magazine is making my day much easier.  They've come out with The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects which includes a section on how to make a plant-watering robot out of a Roomba.  If that's not for you, how about learning to make a carrying case for your ereader.  Or, how about making your car run on trash?  Check it out.

Travel to 400 Places

World's Best Travel ExperiencesI'm smitten with a new travel book that just came out: World's Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places.  Since it's published by National Geographic, you know the photos are great.  But, if you're like me, you'll be putting post-its on pages and dreaming of when you'll go.

Amish Fascination

Growing Up AmishWhat is is about the Amish lifestyle and people that fascinate the rest of us?  We write novels about them, watch TV shows about them....  Why not hear what it's like to be Amish from someone who lived it?  Check out Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler.

Brick Wall Help

Family Tree Problem SolverEvery genealogist, whether amateur or professional, runs into a brick wall in the quest for their ancestors' histories.  I came across a great book for opening up your mind to ways of getting around that brick wall.  Check out Marsha Rising's Family Tree Problem Solver.   

Eat & Be Happy

The Happiness DietI'm reorganizing my diet after reading The Happiness Diet by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey.  I knew that eating things like sugar would make me peppy at first and crash me later, but I didn't realize how certain vitamins and minerals can affect the actual workings of my brain.  Eat the right things and avoid the wrong things - you can improve your mood and increase your energy level.  Check it out!

American History in Poems

The Poets Laureate AnthologyHow would a poet present a history of the United States?  It would come close to this book: The Poets Laureate Anthology.  In it you'll learn what it means to be one and find verses written by the U.S. poets laureate from the last 75 years.

Straight from the Candidates' Mouths

We hear so much about the Democratic & Republican Presidential candidates from all different kinds of groups and people.  Why not start first with what they have to say about themselves?  Take a look at these books written by Mitt Romney and Barack Obama:

Visual Science

Help Your Kids with ScienceA picture is worth a thousand words, right?  Maybe that's why I have trouble ordering from a menu without a picture of the dish.  And that's why I like "visual" books for learning.  One of the latest is Help Your Kids with Science: a Unique Step-by-step Visual Guide.  Check it out whether it's for your kids or for your own science refresher.

Weird Planet

Global WeirdnessIf you're a regular viewer of the Weather Channel, you'll be interested in Climate Central's latest publishing: Global Weirdness. See how weather and climate change affects your everyday life.

Kicking Them Out of the Nest

The Naked Roommate: For Parent's OnlySending your child off to college can be an overwhelming task, but Harlan Cohen's got you covered.  Check out The Naked Roommate: For Parent's Only to prepare you for things like paying the bills, keeping them safe, the summer before, keeping in touch, and more. 

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