Book Hunters in Brief #148: Feeling Stressed Out? Maybe Book Hunters Can Help.

Are you stressed out? Of course you are, and you have every right to be, what with the most contentious presidential election in living memory reaching new depths with each passing day, the daily litany of violence we humans seem so perversely bent on inflicting upon one another, the natural disasters that come along at regular intervals to remind us that any control we think we have is illusory, and the endless news crawl of large and small tragedies that serve only to make us feel just a smidgen worse about ourselves for complaining about inconsequential things like traffic and the slowness of the overwhelmed barista with our pumpkin spice latte.

Book Hunters has come up with a list of books that we hope will take the edge off, at least for a little while.

Find Your Next Selfie @ your library!

Many say that a picture is worth a thousand words. A few may tell you a memoir is a #selfie in context. If you enjoy words from the source, please stop by our #Selfie book display and discover a memoir to take home. Even better, pose with one of your favorite memoirs and send a pic to us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@harriscountypl) using:

  #SelfieBook -OR- #Memoir

Book Hunters in Brief #147: Rocking Memoirs

On this week when Bob Dylan became a Nobel Laureate, and Bruce Springsteen is in the midst of a book tour as opposed to his customary arena-packing, six-encores and a cross-stage vamp kind of tour, Book Hunters got to thinking about musicians on paper. Below is just a sampling of what some musicians have to say that they could not say in a song.

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Get Cooking

Kitchen Hacks by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and America's Test KitchenBecome the wacked-out, flame-throwing, MacGyver-esque culinary guru you were always meant to be. Check out Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and America's Test Kitchen. Sharpen your knife and pull out the lighter - I'm hungry.  

Book Hunters in Brief #145: Gulf Coast Reads Edition; What to Read When You Have Finished The Train to Crystal City

Imagine you're a teenager, your country--the only home you have ever known--has just been plunged into war, and you are being put on a train with the rest of your family that will take you to what amounts to the ends of the earth not because of anything you have done, but because your father was born in one of the countries, your country is at war with.

And that's just the beginning of your story.


The Flood of Information - Whadda We Do with It?

Everydata by John JohnsonYou've probably felt it: we're bombarded today with information coming from every direction. Sometimes the sheer volume of information you're exposed to can make it hard to understand and make decisions based on it. There's a great eBook on this in our Hoopla eLibrary called Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day by John H. Johnson and Mike Gluck. (And checking out an eBook this year helps us reach our Project Mill-E goal of checking out one million eBooks and eAudiobooks in 2016. As of today, we're 81% there.) 

Book Hunters in Brief #142: Unusual Pet Memoirs

A show of hands. If you could give your pet the ability to talk, would you?

Remember this is the only being on earth who knows you eat ice cream straight out of the carton...

standing over the sink...

in your underwear...

for breakfast...


and don't use a spoon.

Oh, and remember when you got so mad at Windows Vista, you threw your laptop across the room, then told everyone that the cat knocked it off your desk? Well, the cat knows what really happened, and probably isn't happy that you blamed your little temper tantrum on her.

Yeah. It's probably safer to do what these folks did, which is do the talking for your pet, or the writing as the case may be.

All Things Seinfeld

SeinfeldiaSay it with me now: "A Festivus for the rest of us", "These pretzels are making me thirsty", "Serenity now!". If any of these make sense to you, then you'll love a new book called Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. The print book has a waiting list, but you can download the audio with your library card from Hoopla.  

This October, Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City

October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts,  universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.

Book Hunters in Brief #140: National Parks: Centennial Edition

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, this week is the centennial of our beloved National Parks. Celebrate the occasion with these great reads!

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