Nonfiction

The History of a Language

Would you be surprised to find out Shakespeare's works are written in Modern English? It's true! Modern English started in about 1450. Granted, Shakespeare's time included the early years of the Modern English period (1450-1800), while we live in the Late Modern English period (1800 onward). There are some differences, but not many. See for yourself

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Driving with David Sedaris

Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsI almost ran a red light this morning, thanks to David Sedaris.  Tina Fey did it to me once before.  I'm a couple of discs into listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, and I was laughing so much that my driving skills suffered.  My advice: be responsible.  I don't expect the police to send our tickets to Mr. Sedaris.

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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tale Classics

Did you know Disney's animated film Frozen is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's story The Snow Queen? If you haven't read this classic children's fairy tale, give it a try:

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Caroline Peachey

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One Skein Away

You just finished a needlework project and have a skein or two of yarn left over.  Do you add it to your pile of hodge podge yarn?  Or do you go to the library and check out a one-skein book for ideas on how to make something useful with so little.  Click here for a list of what we have.

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Book Hunters in Brief: Hyperbole and a Half

in Brief - Hyperbole and a HalfIf you loved Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, then Harris County Public Library’s Book Hunters think you’ll dig these titles too:

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson—star-blogger Lawson shares her mortifying and hilarious moments.

Be Rodeo Ready

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back in town. Get ready for your visit by reading up on the people and events that make the rodeo a big draw every year:

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Book Hunters in Brief: The Monuments Men

Book Hunters in Brief - Monuments MenIf you loved the book and movie, The Monuments Men, then we think you ought to take a look at these:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman 
Zookeepers in Nazi-occupied Warsaw use their unique position to move Jewish citizens to safety in empty animal cages.

Thieves of Baghda...

What is He Trying to Tell Me?

What Dogs WantDo you ever look at your dog and wish he could just speak English??? Arden Moore put together a book of 100 of your dog's most common postures, expressions, sounds, and actions: What Dogs Want. Even better, you get expert advice from veterinarians on whether or not they're even worth a response. It's like a Dog-English dictionary.  

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Cooking Up A Little History

Can you stomach these recipes from times past? Only one way to find out. Grab a book and get to cooking!

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Influential Essayists

In honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d post essay collections from two of my favorite authors – James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe.  They’re both known as much for their unflinchingly honest essays on the Black experience, Baldwin as an American and Achebe as a Nigerian under British colonization, as they are for their fiction and poetry.

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