Nonfiction

Foodie Essential

Basil is basil, right? Not if you're reading The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. You'll learn the difference between Purple Ruffle and African Blue, and ten other types of basil with this guide. This handy book is made by the same people who make the DK Eyewitness series, which means it is highly visual and thoroughly informational. The Illustrated Cook's Book includes both common and exotic ingredients split into 10 major categories.

Become a Weather Guru

The Extreme Weather Survival ManualBe proud of me - I can now understand what they're talking about during the weather segment on the news.  I can read a weather map, recognize how the warm and cold front is coming in, and stun my friends and family with big, impressive weather words.  You can too if you read The Extreme Weather Survival Manual by Dennis Mersereau.  It's a glossy, beautiful book made up of infographics, photos, and charts.  

Book Hunters in Brief #109: The Victorians

Has there ever been anyone more squeamish about and discombobulated by basic bodily functions and desires than the typical Victorian?

Nope. And it's not even close.

Book Hunters #107: Readable Science

A very well-adjusted and successful highschooler recently told me, "Smart is the new dumb," which doesn't make much sense in any context but high school. It seems that a generation of young people have come to the revolutionary notion that intelligence is a good thing. I don't know about you, but when I was in high school, it wasn't cool to get good grades. It wasn't cool to learn for the sake of learning. Consequently, I knew a lot of really smart people who pretended that the only thing they had on their mind was their hair. Thankfully things have changed for the better which is probably at least partially responsible for the fact that some of the best writing being done today is science writing.

The American Civil War, the National Geographic Way

The Untold Civil WarFor those who remember and loved Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story", I've got a book suggestion for you: The Untold Civil War published by National Geographic.  You'll get the rest of the story on things like the first pre-sized clothing, the rise of the U.S. Postal Service, and the real reason Abe Lincoln aged so much during the war.  Check it out.

Book Hunters in Brief #102: Holiday Memoirs

If ever there was a genre that pretty  much anybody with a pen, a stack of paper and some time to kill could tackle, it's the holiday memoir. We all have a story about the pony, Red Ryder BB gun, or Malibu Barbie with Kung Fu Grip that didn't come and for which we've carried a big, steaming dollop of resentment ever since. Likewise, we all have that one trigger--a smell, a taste, a certain slant of mid-winter light--that so evokes what the holidays mean to us personally that it amounts to our own version of Proust's madeleine. Then there is the other side of it.

Spy Secrets to Save Your Life

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your LifeYou pick up a tip or two throughout your life on how to avoid a situation or fight back if you're ever violently attacked.  I've never read a better book on the subject than Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life by former CIA officer Jason Hanson.  You may have seen the author on the TV show Shark Tank.  Now, read the book.

Book Hunters in Brief #101: Books for Native American Heritage Month

This week in honor of Native American Heritage Month, Book Hunters offers books for children, teens and adults written by Native American authors.

For Children:
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

Book Hunters in Brief #99: Veteran's Day

This week, Book Hunters wants to recognize all those who have served in the military. More than most organizations, public libraries exist without the sacrifices our veterans have made throughout this country's history. We never to forget that.

Charlie Mike: A True Story of War & Finding the Way Home
by Joe Klein

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, & Sacrifice by Howard Schultz & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

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