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True Crime Houston

Some of Houston's local crime stories have made national headlines over the years. If you're a true crime buff, you can read more about a few of the city's infamous crime cases with these titles:

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Hardworking Pups

International Assistance Dog Week began five years ago as a way to honor the hardworking pups in our midst and to raise awareness of their contributions to both individuals and society. This year, IADW is celebrated August 4 - 10.

Read these books and find out how these incredible pooches change lives through their intelligence, obedience, and hard work:

 

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All Your Secrets

Little words are easily overlooked, but these tiny titans often play a significant role in language. Consider our much used (yet almost invisible) set of pronouns. Holding a conversation would be near impossible without them and confusion would reign. I, you, he, she, it, etc. work quietly in the background letting us know who we're talking to or with or about. They're also doing something else in the meantime. They're giving away our secrets.

Find out what they those secrets are in The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James Pennebaker.

If you like this book, try a few other "secret" titles:

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Summer Treats

Frozen goodies are always a welcome sight at any gathering during the summer. Check out few of these books and make your own cool creations:

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School's Out for Summer...

Congratulations to all the high school graduates of 2013! If you're taking some time to prepare for college this summer, be sure to read these college survival guides before you begin your undergraduate studies this fall:

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Non-Traditional Sports

If you're a sports person, it's likely you've played some basketball, baseball, and football over the years. They are classics but they can sometimes get old too. Why not mix things up by trying something a little different? How about archery or rugby or speed skating?

Grab a few friends and start a new sporting tradition:

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Easter Traditions

This year, Easter is celebrated on the last day of March in the Western world. If you're curious about a few of the typical traditions surrounding the holiday, try these books: 

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War Dogs

Military animals have been used in various wars and conquests throughout time. Alexander the Great made use of elephants. War pigeons were popular in WWII to ferry messages across enemy lines. And, of course, horses have been used in both ancient and modern warfare.

Dogs have also seen their share of war combat over time. Ancient Greek writings tell of their presence in various conflicts. Many countries still use canines today in both combat and peacetime missions.

Read about a few modern military dogs and their handlers in these gripping accounts:

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Chefs In The Kitchen

Food is considered an art form by many, but no great chef is born a culinary genius. Great chefs are made through hard work, refined skill, and perseverance. Find out how these chefs learned their trade and see what it takes to survive in the competitive world of culinary art:

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Farm Life

Maybe you're a city dweller or suburbanite who tends to a small patch of earth in your backyard. You might even be the adventurous type raising a handful of chickens or rabbits at the same time. What would your life be like if your miniature farm transformed itself into a full-size version?

Find out with these true farm tales:

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