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Book Hunters in Brief #88: Bookworms

As you might guess, the love of books and reading is what drives many librarians to do what they do (well...that and dreams of unimaginable wealth and power). This week, Book Hunters in Brief salutes the mighty bookworm in celebration of National Literacy Month. Here are some great books about readers and reading:

Book Hunters in Brief #87: Better on Audio

For some, the notion that an audiobook could offer a more satisfying experience than the print version is sacrilegious, if not actual grounds for divorce, institutionalization and/or immediate revocation of membership in the Tuesday Night Book & Chardonnay-Tasting Club. But there are any number of valid reasons that an audiobook could be better: an exceptional performance by a voice actor, for instance, or a lyrical text written more for the ear than the eye, or just a book of particularly dense prose. I, for one, might have actually passed sophomore Am. Lit.

Shopping Success

How to Win at Shopping by David Zyla and Eila Mell.It may be a little early to start shopping for holiday gifts, but it's a perfect time to shop for yourself.  Learn how to weed through all the racks and find the perfect item.  Shopaholics, beware!  Check out How to Win at Shopping: 297 Insider Secrets for Getting the Style You Want at the Price You Want to Pay by David Zyla and Eila Mell.

Last Summer Hurrah

There's still time for some lazy summer fun before school is back in session. These books can help you enjoy the unofficial end of the season with family and friends before the bell rings and the autumn leaves begin to fall:

Book Hunters in Brief #85: Women of Rock

There was a time--not all that long ago--when a guy could say, "she plays guitar pretty good...for a girl" without being thought to be a barely-sentient accretion of cheese puff dust and questionable hygienic practices.

Those days are gone (at least among reasonably enlightened music lovers) and, in the case of rock and roll, it only took sixty or seventy years!

This week, Book Hunters give a shout out to women who rock.

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.

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