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Book Hunters in Brief #71: Jazz Appreciation Month

From the 1920s well into the 1950s, the soundtrack of life in this country was jazz in various forms, and why not? The American Century needed its distinctly American music, and jazz is just that. Its deepest and strongest roots may be in Africa, but it was the intertwining of those roots with European traditions that made jazz what it is. It is the music of the "Melting Pot." For every Armstrong and Ellington there was a Beiderbecke and Goodman. To say jazz is "as American as Apple Pie" is to undersell its American-ness. It could not have come to be anywhere else.

Book Hunters in Brief #70: National Library Week

This year, National Library Week's theme is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library," Now, let's face it, most of these National [Insert noun here] Weeks overstate by half the importance of the thing they celebrate--yes, oatmeal is an important part of a balanced breakfast, but the fact is that you could replace it with any number of cereal grains and life would go on, more or less, unchanged. That is not the case with our nation's public libraries.

Book Hunters in Brief #69: Dome, Sweet Dome

Sure, maybe it's not the "8th Wonder of the World" anymore. Heck, it might not even crack the top 20. But for many years, it was a very visible symbol of Houston's innovative, space-age aspirations. It is a part of our history, and it is worth celebrating. So raise a plastic cup of Dome Foam and dig into some of these dome-related titles.

Book Hunters in Brief #69: Dome, Sweet Dome

Sure, maybe it's not the "8th Wonder of the World" anymore. Heck, it might not even crack the top 20. But for many years, it was a very visible symbol of Houston's innovative, space-age aspirations. It is a part of our history, and it is worth celebrating. So raise a plastic cup of Dome Foam and dig into some of these dome-related titles.

Book Hunters in Brief #65: March Madness!

The clocks have sprung for spring. my lawn is overgrown with dandelions, and hares from Hong Kong to Halifax are hippity-hoppitying around with manic gleams in their beady little eyes, so that means College Basketball's contribution to the general looniness of the season cannot be far behind. 

The Book Hunters--never ones to sit idly by while others merrily run amok--have done their part. Here are a few suggestions to get you psyched for wall-to-wall hoop action for the next three weeks.

Best Reads of 2014 Selected by Book Hunters

Are you looking for something good to read?  We're running a little late this year, but the HCPL Book Hunters have selected the best books they read in 2014.  For personalized book recommendations, fill out a Book Hunters profile today.

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Book Hunters in Brief #61: Fifty Shades of Grey

Ask ten random people what love is and you'll get some long awkward pauses before you get ten different answers. That is probably why so many of us spend so much of our lives looking for it. How are we supposed to find something when we can't say exactly what it is? It's like telling someone who has never seen a hippopotamus to find one in a pitch dark walk-in closet. He's going to bump into it quite a few times before he figures out that the big, smelly thing is what he's been looking for.

Book Hunters in Brief #60: 2015 Newbery and Caldecott Award Readalikes

It has happened to all book lovers at one time or another: you finish a really good book and find that all you want to do is read another one just like it...only different. Sometimes you can just pick up another by the same author and plop down wherever you are to start reading. But what if there aren't any of books by the author? I know what I do.

Book Hunters in Brief #53: The Hobbit

So the much anticipated premier of the third installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy has come and gone and left you wandering in circles. Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that may just get you back on track. 

Book Hunters in Brief #52: Winter is Coming.

Winter is coming.

But this being the Texas Gulf Coast, winter is an intermittent proposition. This week HCPL's award-winning Book Hunters offer some books that will put a little nip in the air--even if it is only fictional.

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