Nonfiction

Book Hunters in Brief #28: Armchair Adventures

Armchair AdventuresGas prices are high, and that whole take-off-your-shoes-and-empty-your-pockets thing at airports is getting old. Book Hunters suggest you find a comfy chair and let these writers do the traveling for you.

Go Green

Best Green Drinks EverGoing green isn't just about being more friendly to the environment.  It's also being friendly to your body - specifically, the digestive system.

Local Tourist

Why not take a mini-vacation around town? These books will give you a new view of Houston and give you ideas for quick weekend trips.

Book Hunters in Brief #26: Outdoor Entertaining

Book Hunters Outdoor EntertainingSummer’s here! It’s time to fire up the grill, ice down the beverages and plug in the bug zapper. This week Book Hunters suggests some books for outdoor entertaining.

Outdoor Entertaining Idea Book by Natalie Ermann Russell

Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook: The Best Barbecue from Around the Country, Without Leaving Your Backyard by Neal Corman & Chris Peterson

Get Your Quilt On

This Thursday June 5th, the Kingwood Branch Library will be the gathering place for a Fun4Seniors excursion to the historic Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange.  If you’re interested in historical accounts of the craft, try Gone to Texas by Betsy Chutchian.

If you can’t make it to the museum, try the Lone Stars titles by Karey Bresenham, a fixture of the Texas quilting scene, or Gee's Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt, a collection of African American quilts from Alabama.

Happy Wheels

Ride a bike and be happier? Researchers from Clemson University recently found that when people use bikes as a form of transportation, they are happier than when they use other modes of transportation such as cars and buses and even walking.

Book Hunters in Brief #23: Memorial Day

Harris County Public Library owes a debt of gratitude to the members of the U.S. Armed Services both past and present, as well as to their families. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.

Brushing Up on Science

Do you ever feel like high school was a long time ago?  I know I’ve forgotten so much about basic science since then, and all fields have expanded immensely.  I ran across A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and was amazed at how much information he packs into such an entertaining read.  I particularly recommend the audiobook of the title, which the author narrated himself.  I just bought another copy for Father’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky is Falling!

Maybe.... In the early hours of May 24, a comet stream will pass through our atmosphere. This one was discovered only ten years ago and there is no previous data to predict what might happen. Some say this comet will fizzle. Others say it might create a spectacular display brighter than the Perseid meteor showers. We'll have a front row seat in North America if it materializes. The potential show will be brightest between 1 AM and 3 AM.

Before then, brush up on your comet knowledge with these books:

Travel 2014

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014Whether you're looking for somewhere to go or content to travel from your armchair, Lonely Planet doesn't disappoint.  Take a look at their Best in Travel 2014 to see the latest hot spots around the globe.  Sneak peek:  Texas makes the list!

 

 

 

 

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