Nonfiction

Peek Into Someone Else's Life

The Long Haul by Finn MurphyHave you ever seen someone and thought, "I wonder what it would be like to be them"? Confession: I've always thought the life of a long-haul truck driver would be kinda cool. They're like the modern day version of the old ocean explorers. What things they'd see. What people they'd come across. Well, I have to wonder no more. I can read The Long Haul: a Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy. 

Saturday Family Movie at Jacinto City Branch Library

Join us

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

for the Saturday Family Movie!

Movie Reel PNGIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we are showing the movie Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena as the inspiring Hispanic hero.

Reading Other People's Mail

Letters of Note by Shaun UsherYou can learn a lot by reading other people's mail. But before you go violating postal law, why not read Letters of Note: an Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher. Who wouldn't be interested in reading the letters of Abraham Lincoln, Marge Simpson, Mozart, and David Bowie? Oh, and there are two big volumes of this book so far! 

The Bassoon King

The Bassoon King by Rainn WilsonIf the title doesn't draw your attention, then maybe the foreword by Dwight Schrute will. I just added to my to-read list The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson.

Where in the Tech Are We Going?

The Inevitable by Kevin KellyThe 2017 Read Harder Challenge at Book Riot has led me to a book that you might like: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape our Future by Kevin Kelly. It's a glimpse into where we are and where we're going - and just how we'll be led by the things we've made. 

Cooking, the Graphic Novel

Food Anatomy by Julia RothmanIf a cookbook could be made into a graphic novel, it would look something like Food Anatomy: the Curious Parts & Pieces of our Edible World by Julia Rothman. It's part food encyclopedia, part cooking lessons, and all easy on the eyes. The first thing I learned: the difference between New York, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit styles of pizza. My next lesson will be how to make cheese.  

Going to Grandma's House

Where We Lived by Jack LarkinJust added a book to my "to read" list: Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home by Jack Larkin. With photos and drawings, you get a history of how we've lived in America since the country was formed. For genealogists and social historians, how cool! 

A Portrait of Harris County in 50 Books: HCPL's Most Checked Out Books of 2016

Here are 2016's most checked out books at Harris County Public Library. Taken together, they paint a pretty good likeness of Harris County. That is to say, if all of you were squeezed into one body, you could do worse than using it as your online dating profile. Here is what the lists say about you: you like a little mystery in your life and are a bit of thrill-seeker; you like to eat, but you're watching your weight; your house, well, frankly, your house could use a little tidying up. Your kids are fond of stories with talking animals, dorks and wimps and they really, really, really like Mo Willems.

Want to know more? Keep reading.

 

Blinded by Transit Maps

Transit Maps of the World by Mark OvendenThis one falls under the category of "surprisingly mesmerizing". Who knew transit maps from cities around the world could be so fascinating? It's a little bit of geography mixed with a dash of history. And I'm hooked! Check out Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden.

What's in a Picture?

Picture This by Molly BangThis one falls into the category of coming soon (aka being processed as a new book), but I'm very curious to see it. When you see a picture or illustration, what is it that brings out your emotions? Do diagonals bring out the drama? Do curves calm you? I'm going to find out when I read Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang.

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