Nonfiction

The Psychology of Everyday Life

Why do we remember the lyrics to a song we last heard five years ago, yet can't recall where we left our cell phone just this morning? How come we spend twenty minutes trying to find a good parking space only to spend five minutes in the store? If you have ever wondered why we act the way we do, these books may help you understand the rationale behind some of our strange ways.

My Sweet Secret

I have a secret. I will tell you, but you have to promise not to tell anyone.

I am crazy about candy!

There! I said it! You are now witness to my big weakness; handfuls of sugary sweet goodness, big bowls of candy bars, tubs of taffy, fountains overflowing with chocolate. I love them all.

Julie & Julia - The Books

Julie & JuliaDo you like to read the book before the movie comes out?  Or do you see the movie & then the book?  I sometimes find I'm disappointed by the movie because the book is SO much better. 

On the Shelf: The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives

I wasn't sure I'd like The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis, but the reviews I’d read had been good. I was also intrigued by the premise - thirteen wealthy-ish women pool their resources to purchase a very expensive diamond necklace.
 
My first thought, as I opened the book was dismissive – divas with too much time on their hands and money to burn. By the end of the first chapter, I began to realize how wrong I was.
 
I loved the camaraderie of these women, their kindness to each other and to others in their Ventura, CA community, and the fun they had (and continue to have) with the necklace they named Jewelia (too cute!). I'd love to have these women for friends. They are wealthy (not to mention generous and supportive) in ways that can’t be measured in dollars and cents.
 
I highly recommend their heartwarming, life-affirming story.

Apollo 11 Anniversary

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Were you watching it live as the images were beamed back to Earth on July 20, 1969? Maybe you have never seen the original broadcast.  If you would like to see it again, or for the first time, you can now view NASA’s restored clips of the transmission online.  

If you're curious to know more about the Apollo 11 mission, check out these titles from the HCPL catalog:

Frank McCourt Passes

Angela's AshesIf you've read Angela's Ashes, you probably feel like Frank McCourt was a well-known friend.  His writing style made you forget your own life and get absorbed into his.  Frank McCourt passed away yesterday at the age of 78.

Manage my Time - Please!!!

Getting Things Done by David AllenHeard this lately: “Where did the time go?!?” Or this: “I know I’m forgetting something…..just…can’t…remember…what.....” 

Staycation Tips @ HCPL

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary contains nearly 100 new words. One of those newly minted entries is staycation and you may want to take one before the summer ends.

Photo Books

The AmericansMy head always turns when I see a photography book sitting face out on a shelf. It’s probably a throwback from when I was little and only liked books with pictures. But now I can appreciate “picture books” with more grown-up themes. The latest one I’ve come across is a re-issue of The Americans by Robert Frank with black-and-white pictures from the 1950s. The faces of the people and the moments Frank captured are sometimes comical, sometimes haunting. Most of all they give you a picture of who we Americans were not so long ago.

 

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