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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

Be Rodeo Ready

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back in town. Get ready for your visit by reading up on the people and events that make the rodeo a big draw every year:

Cooking Up A Little History

Can you stomach these recipes from times past? Only one way to find out. Grab a book and get to cooking!

Celebrity News

News outlets compete to report first on celebrity events and scandals and viewers tune in. Whether you eagerly anticipate the reports or wonder why such events become news, these books can give you insight into celebrity reporting and the cult of celebrity in America:

The Impact of the Internet

The Internet is many things to many people. It can be a way to keep up with friends and family, learn a new skill, order dinner, watch TV, read books, get a college degree, find a job, pay bills, and more. No one can argue that the virtual world has a tremendous impact on our physical world whether we're online daily or have never used a computer. How is it affecting us overall? A recent crop of authors have tried to tackle the question. Read a few of their thoughts on the subject in these books:  

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