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Book Hunters in Brief #71: Jazz Appreciation Month

From the 1920s well into the 1950s, the soundtrack of life in this country was jazz in various forms, and why not? The American Century needed its distinctly American music, and jazz is just that. Its deepest and strongest roots may be in Africa, but it was the intertwining of those roots with European traditions that made jazz what it is. It is the music of the "Melting Pot." For every Armstrong and Ellington there was a Beiderbecke and Goodman. To say jazz is "as American as Apple Pie" is to undersell its American-ness. It could not have come to be anywhere else.

Partying Like Crazy

I Like You: Hospitality Under the InfluenceWhether you're planning a party or planning to go to a party, you'll find plenty of help from Amy Sedaris.  Check out I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.  And may I suggest you listen to the audiobook read by Amy herself.  You'll laugh til you cry.

Cleanliness is Next to Happiness

Clear the Clutter, Find HappinessCleaning up the clutter and organizing any part of your life can brighten your day.  I believe it and so does Donna Smallin who recently came out with the book Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life.  It's a cute little book and full of helpful ideas.

Book Hunters in Brief #65: March Madness!

The clocks have sprung for spring. my lawn is overgrown with dandelions, and hares from Hong Kong to Halifax are hippity-hoppitying around with manic gleams in their beady little eyes, so that means College Basketball's contribution to the general looniness of the season cannot be far behind. 

The Book Hunters--never ones to sit idly by while others merrily run amok--have done their part. Here are a few suggestions to get you psyched for wall-to-wall hoop action for the next three weeks.

Book Hunters in Brief #64: Teen Tech Week 2015

March 8 - 14 is Teen Tech Week and this year's theme is "Libraries Are For Making," Harris County Public Library's Book Hunters have some suggestions to spark your creativity.

The Story of Astoria

Astoria by Peter StarkHave you ever been to Astoria, Oregon?  You've seen it if you watched the movies Kindergarten Cop, The Goonies, Free Willy, and many more.  I happened upon it driving one day (which isn't that easy to do), and I was rendered speechless by the beauty of entering it by the bridge over the Columbia River.  I imagine John Jacob Astor's expedition group had much the same reaction to this unspoiled, unsettled area in the early 1800's.  Read about their thrilling and often tragic adventure in a new book called Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark.

Book Hunters in Brief #63: The Book Hunters Go Texan!

It’s that time of year again! Time for the greenest of greenhorns and the grizzliest of grizzled cowpokes to don their very best duds and scoot their boots over to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In the spirit of the season, Harris County Public Library's  Book Hunters have rustled up some rootin’ tootin’ reads to put you in the mood for barbecue and funnel cake.

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett 

Rodeo Queen by Marci Peschke

The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by Dotti Enderle

Chasing the Rodeo: on Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West by W.K. Stratton

More Treats for SNL Fans

Did you watch the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special earlier this week? If you laughed all the way through, you might also enjoy these books and DVDs:

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Best Reads of 2014 Selected by Book Hunters

Are you looking for something good to read?  We're running a little late this year, but the HCPL Book Hunters have selected the best books they read in 2014.  For personalized book recommendations, fill out a Book Hunters profile today.

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Be a Better Cook

Ruhlman's TwentyTrue or False?  There is more to cooking than following a recipe.  Michael Ruhlman would vote a resounding TRUE.  Take a look at his book, Ruhlman's Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook.

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