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Our Future World

You jump in your automated car to pick up some prescription medicine tailored to your DNA. While you're waiting at the store, a space tourism brochure pops into your VR headset. Once the personalized medicine is ready, you ask your automated car to pull up the navigation route for a popular restaurant where the 3D printer at the table will create your appetizer before the main course arrives. Is this the year 2041? Maybe. Maybe not.

Predicting the future is a tricky endeavor. Even so, some authors have attempted the feat. Read about their thoughts in these books and see if you agree with their future forecasts.

 

Big Stories Told Small

Authors often write about expansive topics and big ideas in their books. Sometimes, though, they choose to write about smaller subjects that impact us all the same. Try a few of these microhistory books on topics you probably haven't thought much about - until now:

On The Trail

Sure, you played Oregon Trail on a computer when you were younger. If you were lucky, you made it to Fort Laramie where you flipped the disk to continue playing. 

How much history do you remember from the game and how close was it to the real thing? What was it truly like to trek across the wilderness of the Oregon Trail with your relatives and all your worldly possessions? Find out in these books:

Overland in 1846: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail edited by Dale Morgan

Foodie Essential

Basil is basil, right? Not if you're reading The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. You'll learn the difference between Purple Ruffle and African Blue, and ten other types of basil with this guide. This handy book is made by the same people who make the DK Eyewitness series, which means it is highly visual and thoroughly informational. The Illustrated Cook's Book includes both common and exotic ingredients split into 10 major categories.

An Ancient Tradition

Simple ingredients: Flour, water, salt, and possibly yeast. Bring them together with varying degrees of pressure, time, and heat and you have created a traditional staple of life celebrated around the world - homemade bread.

The smell of baking bread triggers warm memories of yesterday and creates new ones today. It brings us together to share our stories, memories, and experiences around a common space. Life magnified through nourishment and community.

Be inspired to bake your own homemade bread for your upcoming celebrations with these books:

8-Bit Beginnings

Pack your bags, you're going on a video game nostalgia trip. Read, watch, and listen to these titles to remember the joys of your youth. If you're too young to remember the golden age of video games, it's time for an education. Learn all you need to know about the dawn of video games with these titles:

Last Summer Hurrah

There's still time for some lazy summer fun before school is back in session. These books can help you enjoy the unofficial end of the season with family and friends before the bell rings and the autumn leaves begin to fall:

Get Up And Go

Going on a trip this summer?

Bring along one of these five unique travel stories to enjoy as you embark on your own personal journey:

I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? Tales of Driving and Being Driven by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis

Cheese and Chocolate: Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off

Escape the ordinary this Saturday, June 6th during our Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off event from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

Take a little me-time this Saturday to enjoy fine cheese and chocolate as you browse our summer reading program catalog. You can learn to play guitar, plan an off-season trip to Disney World, experience Nature's fury during our Houston Museum of Natural Science program, and much more this summer. We'll give you all the details this Saturday.

Writer Spotlight: Erik Larson

If you enjoy historical nonfiction, don't miss the work of New York native Erik Larson. Larson's brand of narrative nonfiction has been a hit on many bestseller lists, starting with a book written in 1999 recalling the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston. He currently occupies the #10 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list with his latest book,

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