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Get Your Quilt On

This Thursday June 5th, the Kingwood Branch Library will be the gathering place for a Fun4Seniors excursion to the historic Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange.  If you’re interested in historical accounts of the craft, try Gone to Texas by Betsy Chutchian.

If you can’t make it to the museum, try the Lone Stars titles by Karey Bresenham, a fixture of the Texas quilting scene, or Gee's Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt, a collection of African American quilts from Alabama.

Brushing Up on Science

Do you ever feel like high school was a long time ago?  I know I’ve forgotten so much about basic science since then, and all fields have expanded immensely.  I ran across A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and was amazed at how much information he packs into such an entertaining read.  I particularly recommend the audiobook of the title, which the author narrated himself.  I just bought another copy for Father’s Day!






Influential Essayists

In honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d post essay collections from two of my favorite authors – James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe.  They’re both known as much for their unflinchingly honest essays on the Black experience, Baldwin as an American and Achebe as a Nigerian under British colonization, as they are for their fiction and poetry.

Read It, Watch It, See if It Wins

The Academy Award nominations are tomorrow, and I’m excited to see what films have been chosen.  This past year had quite a few adaptations of nonfiction books that opened to great reviews.  Here are a few titles that have been popping up in the nomination predictions.


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Great Reads of 2013

At the end of the year I always scrabble to catch up with all the interesting titles I missed.  I've been looking through the New York Times list of 100 Notable Books from 2013, and I've included a few I'm glad to be reminded of. 

Why Things Catch On

Contagious Cover ArtFrom Livestrong wristbands and catchy music videos to Google’s new mini-story commercial campaign, companies increasingly rely upon people’s desire to share interesting information with each other.   Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On isn’t just a marketing manual, it’s an approachable analysis of what exactly gives a product the potential to go viral. He suggests that what wildly popular videos and advertising success stories have in common are a mix of six factors, including social currency, triggers, emotion, and practical value, that make them irresistible to the consuming public.

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