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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.

Houston's Ever-Changing Cityscape

Last Sunday, 70 years of history disappeared in ten seconds.  What was once the downtown Houston Foley's (and later Macy's) department store was demolished in ten seconds to make way for an office tower. Foley's opened its doors in the 1940s and was a popular place to shop for many Houston locals. Its popularity as a shopping destination slowly declined as the decades passed and the land was purchased by an outside company. It is just one of many changes to the downtown Houston landscape through the years. If you're curious about Houston's architectural history, these books will lead you on a tour back down the streets of the past.

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:

Gotta Go

Sure, we love Houston and all it has to offer, but sometimes it's nice to get away for a little bit. But what if you don't have the time or the ability to go on a big adventure to a faraway place? That's when you pick up a copy of Quick Escapes from Houston. Choose your direction of escape and jaunt off on a two day Texas journey to places like Brenham,  Fredricksburg, or Port Aransas.

Time for Dessert

Houston Classic DessertsHouston is known for being one of the best restaurant cities in the United States.  And the best part of every meal (in my drooling opinion)?  Dessert!  Check out Erin Hicks Miller’s Houston Classic Desserts: Recipes from Favorite Restaurants.

 

Houston Restaurants

Fearless Critic Houston Restaurant Guide 2010Don’t you just cringe when people are brutally honest?  Well, you won’t when it comes to advice on local restaurants.  Check out the Fearless Critic’s Houston Restaurant Guide 2010.  As it says on the cover, “Brutally honest local food critics rate and review 450 places to eat.”  Bon apetit!

 

Why Are Book Clubs So Important?

Book clubs have been important to women throughout history. Ever wonder why? Book clubs: women and the uses of reading in everyday life by Elizabeth Long takes a look at how book clubs have evolved. She focuses on an academic study of women's book groups in Houston which makes it especially interesting for us in Harris County. You can reach out to more readers for your groups using a table top sign offered by Ingram Library services.

Staycation Tips @ HCPL

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary contains nearly 100 new words. One of those newly minted entries is staycation and you may want to take one before the summer ends.

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