Books & Media

New Orleans

Next Tuesday is a day that means “Party!” to many people.

Mardi Gras!

And when it comes to Mardi Gras, most of us think of two place: Rio de Janeiro or New Orleans.  Of course, New Orleans is much closer and therefore more likely for a destination celebration.

While the city has been a center of commerce and tourism, it has also been a place of art, literature, and – perhaps most known -- music.  Artists over the decades have found homes there.  Numerous movies have been set or filmed there.  Writers have been inspired by the area and its history, as well as the legends of intrigue -- and maybe even magic.

Book Hunters in Brief #111: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

One cannot help thinking that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave with today's release of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which seems entirely in keeping with the occasion. All I know is that the filmmakers are some uncommonly gutsy people. Not only are they courting the ire of a legion of diehard (sorry) Austen fans, but also the possible awakening of an undead Austen who, one suspects, would be a tad cranky after such a long nap, and most likely hankering for a big, steaming skullful of brains.

Romantic Teen Reads

romantic reads for teensWhether you’re looking for something swoon-worthy and realistic or a blend of romance, fantasy or science fiction, consider picking up one of these terrific reads.

Welcome to Night Vale

Based on the of (in)famous podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale is set in the little desert town of Night Vale. A place that, on the surface, is just like any other small town you might come across, with a friendly, tight-knit community, quaint mom-and-pop stores, and mysterious plastic lawn flamingoes that cause you to relive every moment of your life from the moment of your birth until the end of time itself…. Oh, wait…

Become a Weather Guru

The Extreme Weather Survival ManualBe proud of me - I can now understand what they're talking about during the weather segment on the news.  I can read a weather map, recognize how the warm and cold front is coming in, and stun my friends and family with big, impressive weather words.  You can too if you read The Extreme Weather Survival Manual by Dennis Mersereau.  It's a glossy, beautiful book made up of infographics, photos, and charts.