Nonfiction

What Would Happen If.....

What if? by Randall MunroeThe question crosses your mind when you look up into the night sky... "I wonder what would happen if the moon went away."  The next day at the gym... "What if all these people on exercise bikes were hooked up to turbines to produce energy.  Would it be enough to run my coffeepot?"  Oh come on - you haven't thought these things before??  For those of you who have, check out Randall Munroe's What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.  

Just in Time for the Int'l Quilt Festival Houston: "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?"

Just in time for the International Quilt Festival Houston is coming up October 29 - November 3 at the George R. Brown Convention, we've created a Featured Collection of Quilting and Needlecraft eBooks, "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?" on OverDrive.

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

That Tastes Funny

This is What You Just Put in Your MouthWhich is your philosophy?  Knowledge is power - or - ignorance is bliss.  If you subscribe to the first, take a look at This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products by Patrick Di Justo.   

Do You Know Your Gut?

Gut by Giulia EndersSpoiler alert: this book talks about poop.  Yes, adults are allowed to discuss it.  Gut: the Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders is an approachable, humorous way for you and your gut to come to an understanding of each other.  Read it in public or in the privacy of your own home.  But read it!

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.

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