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Immersion Journalism

Want to know what it's like living in unique or unusual circumstances? A form of writing called immersion journalism can give you a sense of living that different life. In this book genre, the author puts him or herself into a unique situation and writes about the experience from a personal point of view. Some situations are serious while others are silly. Each of these titles can be considered a form of immersion journalism:

 

Christmas Music Origins

Ever wonder about the stories behind all those Christmas carols playing on the radio?  These three books will tell you how songs like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "O Holy Night" came about. 
 
You may learn something about the songs you've been hearing, although it's no guarantee the music will stop spinning in your head.
 

Food Microhistories

Small scale stories can sometimes reveal bigger ideas and trends.  That's the thought behind a type of writing called microhistory.  By exploring the history of a smaller item or event, larger historical and cultural themes are revealed in the process.

Each of the following microhistories are based on food.  Pick up a few titles and decide for yourself if small can also be big.

Holiday Cooking

If you're like a lot of people, you're gearing up for the holiday season.  And what would the holidays be without food?  If you're in need of a new recipe to spice up your typical gathering, the library has quite a selection to choose from.

Whether you're looking for new ways to serve turkey, better bread recipes, more casserole dishes or sweeter desserts, you can find what you need on the shelves of your local HCPL branch.  

Plan Your Next Dream Getaway

It's always a good time to start thinking about your next vacation.  Start your planning now and be ready when vacation time rolls around again.  Don't know where you want to go?  Visit your local HCPL branch and head for the travel section.  Pick up a few books and dream yourself away to your next destination. 

 Start with these titles and see where they take you:

Movie Guides Based on Mood

I enjoy watching movies and my favorite way to find one is to pick a film based on how I feel at the moment.  A few months ago, when I felt like watching a movie, I would recall as many titles as possible and try to come up a few that fit my mood.  It wasn't exactly easy to find just the right movie, until I found three guides in the HCPL collection.  It's been a cinch to find one ever since. 

Try the guides for yourself and see what you think: 

From Blog to Book

The printed word can easily make the jump to digital these days, thanks to electronic reading devices and digital media catalogs.  Books go digital, but sometimes the opposite happens.  Sometimes writing begins online and finishes in printed form.
 
Each of these titles began as blogs and eventually made their way onto the bookshelf:
 

Sing In The Key Of Off

Singing For DummiesI've spent much of my life singing.  Not professionally, of course.  I'll sing along with the radio in my car, while watching a movie at home, and when any old 

Swedish Crime Wave

Swedish crime and mystery fiction books are now in high demand - thanks to the success of Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy.

Pioneer Woman Cooking

The Pioneer Woman If you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman, you've been missing out.  Miss out no longer because here's the scoop: Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman, lives in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch and loves to cook.  Originally from Los Angeles, this city dweller ended up marrying a cowboy and settling down on a farm.  She has been blogging about her ranch experiences and cooking adventures on her website since 2005. 

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