Nonfiction

Don't Lie to Me

LiespottingI really miss the TV show Lie to Me.  (Thankfully, it streams online!)  To fill the void, I read books like Liespotting by Pamela Meyer or You Say More Than You Think by Janine Driver.  Uh oh, am I getting too paranoid?  See what you think.

Book Hunters in Brief #82: Pluto!

Pluto was my favorite planet even before it was demoted to a planetoid by some heartless poindexter with an ax to grind. I mean, the ninth planet always seemed like my kind of place: cold and dark, with very little in the way of tourism and telemarketing. The fact that it is by all accounts completely devoid of Kardashians is, for me, just icing on that little ball of ice. Pluto's downgrade just solidified my affections. It's not often a person like me can relate to a heavenly body of any sort, but when Pluto was kicked off the team because it was too small, too slow, and not good-looking enough. I, like a lot of people, knew exactly how it felt.

Southern Gardeners Go-to Book

The New Southern Living Garden BookOk, all you gardeners out there.  It's time to replace that worn-out gardening book that you've used for years to look up plants.  I suggest you replace it with The New Southern Living Garden Book: The Ultimate Guide to Gardening - just out this year.  It's a weighty, beautiful reference tool for any gardener living in this part of the country.  

Crafts for the Book Lover

Bound by Erica EkremIf you're looking for a gift for the book-lover in your life, pull out your craft supplies and check out Bound: Over 30 Artful Handmade Books by Erica Ekrem.  Whether it's made from leather or made from a leaf, this book has beautiful ideas for creating the perfect gift for your favorite bookworm.  

Book Hunters in Brief #78: Juneteenth

I would guess that over the years I have driven or been driven past the big pink brick house with the wrought iron balcony that sits at 24th and Broadway in Galveston nearly a thousand times, and If I ever knew that on a muggy day in June 1865 a Union General had stepped out on that balcony and by reading a terse snatch of text with the very prosaic title, "General Order No. 3" freed the slaves of Texas, I have long since forgotten it.

Get Up And Go

Going on a trip this summer?

Bring along one of these five unique travel stories to enjoy as you embark on your own personal journey:

I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? Tales of Driving and Being Driven by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis

40 Ways You're Defeating Yourself at Work

Get Out of Your Own Way at WorkWhy didn't they give you the promotion last week?  Why does your team not listen to you?  Is it because of something you're doing - or not doing?  Check out Get Out of Your Own Way at Work by Mark Goulston.  

Book Hunters in Brief #75: Remembering

Book Hunters offer these suggestions for your Memorial Day reading.

Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home by Robert M Poole

War by Sebastian Junger

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice by Howard Shultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The Soldiers’ Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War by Samuel Hynes

A Gift of Valor: A War Story by Michael M. Phillips
 

We at Harris County Public Library would like to express our gratitude to the families of the men and women who have fallen in service to this country. We are forever in your debt.

Writer Spotlight: Erik Larson

If you enjoy historical nonfiction, don't miss the work of New York native Erik Larson. Larson's brand of narrative nonfiction has been a hit on many bestseller lists, starting with a book written in 1999 recalling the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston. He currently occupies the #10 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list with his latest book,

There's No Word for That

Lost in TranslationDo the Eskimos really have over 60 words to describe snow?  I don't know, but after reading Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders, I know that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest.  And a Japanese word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees.  See what words you find.

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