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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,

More Treats for SNL Fans

Did you watch the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special earlier this week? If you laughed all the way through, you might also enjoy these books and DVDs:

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Tame the Tech

It seems as if kids are born knowing how to tame technology. Many kids can navigate their way around a tablet even if they've never used one. You, meanwhile, would be happy just to get the goofy screen to stop rotating. Don't you wish there was a manual for this stuff? Well, there is.

Lost... and Found

Losing extra pounds, bad habits, and clutter are always popular resolutions for a new year. Losing something you don't want is nice, but what happens to all the stuff we lose when we don't really mean to? Sometimes, it ends up in places you never expect:

Nonfiction Movies

Book to movie adaptations happen fairly regularly, although nonfiction adaptations are a bit less common. A round of movies based on nonfiction will debut this month. Here's your chance to read (or re-read) the books before they hit the big screen:

Traveling the Skies

Some people adore flying. Others abhor it. Either way, you'll find a mix of information, insight, surprise, and outright amazement in these books. Grab one before your next trip and see the world of flight through a different set of eyes:

Changing Your Life...

What if you changed the way you live now? What would you do? Would the change be drastic - like taking advice from a popularity guide written in the 1950s,  not using a mirror for a year, or adding bugs to your diet? Maybe you would do something less extreme. Ever wonder what would happen if you took the SAT now? What score would you get as an adult?

Emergency Preparedness Month

Would you be ready for a hurricane or tornado if one swept through the area this month? How about a home emergency like a fire or broken water pipes? It's not a glamorous subject, but you'll be glad you thought about it if something happens in the future. If you aren't ready now, these books will help you prepare:

Shop Smart

A new school year is on the horizon, which usually means shopping for supplies. Whether you have kids or not, August is a good time to purchase clothes, shoes, office supplies, food, and more. And with the annual tax free weekend approaching fast, you'll want to create a smart shopping plan.

Goodbye City Life...

Over the past century, the American population began to trade a life of rural agriculture for a place in the big city. More than 80% of the population now lives in or near a city. What happens when today's city-folk try their hand at various farming endeavors today? Read these books to find out:

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