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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:

Local Tourist

Why not take a mini-vacation around town? These books will give you a new view of Houston and give you ideas for quick weekend trips.

Happy Wheels

Ride a bike and be happier? Researchers from Clemson University recently found that when people use bikes as a form of transportation, they are happier than when they use other modes of transportation such as cars and buses and even walking.

The Sky is Falling!

Maybe.... In the early hours of May 24, a comet stream will pass through our atmosphere. This one was discovered only ten years ago and there is no previous data to predict what might happen. Some say this comet will fizzle. Others say it might create a spectacular display brighter than the Perseid meteor showers. We'll have a front row seat in North America if it materializes. The potential show will be brightest between 1 AM and 3 AM.

Before then, brush up on your comet knowledge with these books:

The History of a Language

Would you be surprised to find out Shakespeare's works are written in Modern English? It's true! Modern English started in about 1450. Granted, Shakespeare's time included the early years of the Modern English period (1450-1800), while we live in the Late Modern English period (1800 onward). There are some differences, but not many. See for yourself

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tale Classics

Did you know Disney's animated film Frozen is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen? If you haven't read this classic children's fairy tale, give it a try:

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Caroline Peachey

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