I hope you picked a savo ry read for last week’s challenge. Myself, I fairly devoured Daniel Vaughn’s The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey through Texas Barbecue . For hardcore ‘cue geeks like me, the pictures can only be described as salacious.
That brings us to this week's challenge: Have Book - Will Explode. By now you're probably making preparations for your 4th of July festivities (don't forget to swing by your local HCPL branch beforehand to pick up some books, videos and music!), we have great books for kids about this most American of holidays, like Karma Wilson’s How to Bake an American Pie , or What Is the 4th of July  by Elaine Landau. For grownups, there is 1776 , David McCollough’s highly readable look at the Founding Fathers who, it turns out, were just Above-Average Joes you might hang out with at the icehouse (when they weren’t busy forging the Nation and raising the ire or bewigged (and wiggy) British monarchs, that is).
Of course, there are other directions to go for this week's challenge. You could go with an explosive thriller (and top-notch beach-read) like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl , or Harlan Coben’s Stay Close . Or you could opt for some hot-button controversy, like Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , or The ultra-steamy focus-of- unprecedented-amounts-of-media-handwringing, The Fifty Shades Trilogy . If your taste for controversy runs toward the nonfictional, I would suggest just about anything by the late Christopher Hitchens  who, whether you love him or hate him, you have to agree was one of the all-time great hackle-raisers.
Finally, for the big-picture thinkers out there, there is that biggest of bangs . HCPL has plenty of books on cosmology, from easy-reading popular science like Bang! The Complete History of the Universe  to Sheldon Cooper -level theoretical physics.
Whatever you choose, please share your titles and thoughts with us in the comments section below or via Twitter or Facebook.
We, at HCPL, wish you a happy and safe 4th and happy reading!