This week Book Hunters, like nearly everyone else with ears and even the least bit of cultural awareness, were abuzz with talk of Beyonce's Lemonade. So today, we offer a selection of books inspired in one way or another by the album.
Whoever came up with "libraries transform" as the American Library Association's theme for National Library Week 2016 deserves a raise. It is one on those rare things: a sentence in its simplest possible form--a noun, a verb and that's it--that communicates complex ideas.
Submitted by Sara West on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:42pm
Sure, you played Oregon Trail on a computer when you were younger. If you were lucky, you made it to Fort Laramie where you flipped the disk to continue playing.
How much history do you remember from the game and how close was it to the real thing? What was it truly like to trek across the wilderness of the Oregon Trail with your relatives and all your worldly possessions? Find out in these books:
The great thing about Pi Day is that it gives people like me the chance to celebrate something we do not understand in the least with something we understand so well it amounts to genetic memory; namely Pi and pie, respectively.
Submitted by Angel Hill on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 6:37pm
Have you heard of Pogue's Basics? They're handy little books from David Pogue that fill in all the blanks of what you've learned in your life. One of them is all about technology and has handy tips that even one of our Technology Trainers didn't know. I recently read the one about life, and I'm using several of his tips now on a daily basis. If I wasn't a know-it-all before, I definitely am now!
For readers, one of the more gratifying developments in the last several decades is that many historians have shifted their perspective from a bird's eye view of great men and events (and it was almost invariably men) to a ground level view of the way great events have affected, and were affected by, what in a less enlightened era were sometimes called "common folk."
Submitted by Sara West on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:34pm
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.