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Book Hunters in Brief #123: Books for Fans of Beyoncé's Lemonade

This week Book Hunters, like nearly everyone else with ears and even the least bit of cultural awareness, were abuzz with talk of Beyonce's Lemonade. So today, we offer a selection of books inspired in one way or another by the album.

Slip on the beats, see what you think.

YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB

The young adult book club will meet in May after taking a month off.  The book to be discussed is the awesome graphic novel, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.  Stop by the library and pick up your copy at the front desk.  The discussion is sure to be lively!  The group will meet on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all teens.  Hope to see you there!

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Boys in the boatTitle to be discussed: The boys in the boat by Daniel James Brown.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "The University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the nine boys, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what beating the odds really meant. They defeated elite rivals from California and eastern schools to earn the right to compete against the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin. The crew was assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it was their trust in each other that made them a victorious team."

Book Hunters in Brief #122: Take Your Child to Work Day

Next Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day, and Book Hunters encourages you, if at all possible, to participate. "But," you say, "my job isn't very exciting." Maybe not to you, but to your kid, it is. It takes up a big part of your day and it represents a big part of who you are, and your child will be excited to get to share it with you.

The Tuesday evening book club will discuss Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips on May 10th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. May's selection will be : Heroes are my weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

Summary


New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm. He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Book Hunters in Brief #121: Libraries Transform

Whoever came up with "libraries transform" as the American Library Association's theme for National Library Week 2016 deserves a raise. It is one on those rare things: a sentence in its simplest possible form--a noun, a verb and that's it--that communicates complex ideas.

What are We Eating?

If we are what we eat, shouldn't we try to be well-educated on what we swallow? Here are some books that shed light on some of our modern food options:

Wheat Belly by William Davis

Wheat Belly

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

The Dorito Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub

Year of No Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Hunters in Brief #120: Children's Poetry for National Poetry Month

Not only is it a fairly inarguable fact that children and young adults write the best poetry, they are also--for many of the same reasons--the best readers of poetry. In both cases, their abilities have to do with an intuitive sense of possibilities: in language, in imagination, in life and the world around them. It is also a fairly inarguable fact that the world would be a better, or at least more interesting, place if more of us could carry a child's poetic sensibility into adulthood. We just don't, for many, probably valid, reasons. Heck, most kids who grow up to be poets can't even manage it.

Book Hunters in Brief #119: You Never Know What You'll Find at the Library

This week Book Hunters in Brief celebrates the surprises,both large and small, that any given visit to your library may provide.

Here are a few old and new titles that we just couldn't believe we missed.

On The Trail

Sure, you played Oregon Trail on a computer when you were younger. If you were lucky, you made it to Fort Laramie where you flipped the disk to continue playing. 

How much history do you remember from the game and how close was it to the real thing? What was it truly like to trek across the wilderness of the Oregon Trail with your relatives and all your worldly possessions? Find out in these books:

Overland in 1846: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail edited by Dale Morgan

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