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Where in the Tech Are We Going?

The Inevitable by Kevin KellyThe 2017 Read Harder Challenge at Book Riot has led me to a book that you might like: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape our Future by Kevin Kelly. It's a glimpse into where we are and where we're going - and just how we'll be led by the things we've made. 

Cooking, the Graphic Novel

Food Anatomy by Julia RothmanIf a cookbook could be made into a graphic novel, it would look something like Food Anatomy: the Curious Parts & Pieces of our Edible World by Julia Rothman. It's part food encyclopedia, part cooking lessons, and all easy on the eyes. The first thing I learned: the difference between New York, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit styles of pizza. My next lesson will be how to make cheese.  

Going to Grandma's House

Where We Lived by Jack LarkinJust added a book to my "to read" list: Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home by Jack Larkin. With photos and drawings, you get a history of how we've lived in America since the country was formed. For genealogists and social historians, how cool! 

A Portrait of Harris County in 50 Books: HCPL's Most Checked Out Books of 2016

Here are 2016's most checked out books at Harris County Public Library. Taken together, they paint a pretty good likeness of Harris County. That is to say, if all of you were squeezed into one body, you could do worse than using it as your online dating profile. Here is what the lists say about you: you like a little mystery in your life and are a bit of thrill-seeker; you like to eat, but you're watching your weight; your house, well, frankly, your house could use a little tidying up. Your kids are fond of stories with talking animals, dorks and wimps and they really, really, really like Mo Willems.

Want to know more? Keep reading.

 

Blinded by Transit Maps

Transit Maps of the World by Mark OvendenThis one falls under the category of "surprisingly mesmerizing". Who knew transit maps from cities around the world could be so fascinating? It's a little bit of geography mixed with a dash of history. And I'm hooked! Check out Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden.

What's in a Picture?

Picture This by Molly BangThis one falls into the category of coming soon (aka being processed as a new book), but I'm very curious to see it. When you see a picture or illustration, what is it that brings out your emotions? Do diagonals bring out the drama? Do curves calm you? I'm going to find out when I read Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang.

eBook Collections to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

If we're not there already, we are fast approaching the time of year when our resolve to keep our new year's resolutions begins to flag. So, for all of us whose stick-to-it-ness has lost some of its stickiness, or whose promise to stop procrastinating has been put off indefinitely,  we've created some special OverDrive collections to help you to overcome inertia and inspire you to be the best you that you can be in 2017.

(For those, like me, who are thinking 2018 is your year, as well as for those of you who are just perfect the way you are thank you very much, we have a list of the Best Books of 2016 and more).

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) and Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)


It was a shock to those of a certain age.  Maybe to everyone. 

The Power of the Introvert

Quiet by Susan CainExtroverts get all the attention, but can you imagine a world without the likes of Rosa Parks, Chopin, or Dr. Seuss? In Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, we introverts are pulled out of our shells (even though we prefer to stay in) and shown how important and powerful we are in our society.  

Book Hunters in Brief #153: Mythology & More from Oceania, Polynesia & Hawai'i

In honor of the release of Disney's Moana, Book Hunters in Brief presents a selection of mythology, folklore, and traditional tales from the South Pacific.

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