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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. 

Watch the Olympics Like a Pro

How to Watch the OlympicsYou're a sports nut, and you've been counting down the days until Opening Ceremony this year.  Or, you just want to know how that horse thingy works in the gymnastics competition.  How to Watch the Olympics by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton is the book for you.  

Lost Family

Annie's GhostsImagine discovering that the person you know the most has secrets from you.  Much of what they've told you is opposite of the truth.  Steve Luxenberg found himself in this position when he unearthed the history of his mother and a family member he never knew.  Using his journalism skills and passion for family, he wrote Annie's Ghosts: a Journey Into a Family Secret. 

Behind the Headlines

From Crime Scene to CourtroomYou watch the news and follow the latest high-profile court cases.  You may have been on a jury and thought to yourself, "There's more to this case than I'm hearing."  You want to know.  There's a book for you: From Crime Scene to Courtroom: Examining the Mysteries Behind Famous Cases by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Dawna Kaufmann.  Learn more about Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony, Drew Peterson, Brian Jones, and more!

How Music Works

How Music WorksFor those of us who like to take things apart and see how they work, there’s a new book: How Music Works by John Powell.  A little science, a little psychology… now I know why a piece of music with no lyrics can actually make you cry. 

 

Paper Twitter

The Ten, Make That Nine...What first drew me to Steve Martin's latest book is the stark plainness of the cover.  Then, it was the rambling, proofreading-challenged title.  Then, it was the fact that something so "virtual" as Twitter was being published on paper, of all things.  I didn't even have to read a word, and I knew: I LOVE IT!  Only Steve Martin could get away with all that.  Check it out: The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People.

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