Nonfiction in '09

We've almost hit the new year and that means top ten and best-of lists are everywhere - including here.  Did you miss out on some of the top nonfiction in '09?  Several national newspapers and magazines have revealed their top picks for the year.  Which books have you read?  Which ones have you missed? 

Perfect – sort of

Letting Go of PerfectI heard a quote I liked recently: “Eighty percent is perfection”.  What a relief!  Hearing this made me think of parents who want their children to be so good at something – so perfect – that the child ends up physically or emotionally hurt by it.  On the other hand, some children seem to be born with a desire to be perfect that can drive a parent crazy.   Take a look at a new book by Dr. Jill L. Adelson and Dr. Hope E. Wilson: Letting Go of Perfect.


The Mystery of Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse.

On the Shelf: Cookies for Santa

Christmas is only a week away, and if baking cookies for Santa (or your family/friends/coworkers) is on your to-do list, you’ll want to check out Benjamin Darling’s delightful little book, Cookies for Santa. The “50 plus cookie recipes sure to please Santa” are drawn from an extensive collection of vintage cooking pamphlets, circa 1900-1960, and are interspersed with take-you-back-in-time 1950’s-style illustrations.

Holiday Shortcuts

The holidays are here and you may still have dozens of items on your to-do list.  Cleaning, cooking, decorating!  There's so much to finish before your friends and relatives visit.  You almost need a

Anthologies & Short Stories in Graphic Novels

Do you find it difficult to complete a novel whether it is due to time constraints or a short attention span?

If so, consider reading graphic novels that are composed of short stories! I personally find reading comic shorts more invigorating as I rarely have the desire to sit in one place for more than an hour.

Included in this post are suggested titles that contain short stories. Do you not like what you see? Feel free to comment any suggestions or authors you like!

The Art of Hair and Makeup

Making Face by Kevyn AucoinLooking for new hair and makeup ideas for the holidays? If you’re feeling both ambitious and trying to save money, there are books that can provide tips from salon experts on hair styling, coloring, and cutting. Also, the legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin has several beauty books featuring makeup application techniques. Whether the look you’re going for is glamorous or simplistic Kevyn’s books explain it all with step by step instructions.

Holiday Stress Buster: Paper Crafts

Tis the season to be jolly, not be broke!
Here is a simple list of paper crafts you can do to de-stress, save a few dollars, and be green. As you can see from the photo below, I took a poster (actually 2 posters) to make bows and an envelope. If you have an old magazine lying around, check out the tutorials below to see how you can re-fashion it to something new. This is also an excellent craft to do with kids and teens. Also, check out the books below for other eco-friendly and simple crafts to do for the holidays and year-round.

Before and After

New Graphic Novels @ HCPL

Greetings! It is that time again to showcase some of our new titles added to our graphic novels family. For an expanded list of graphic novels, check out our Adult and Young Adult new non-fiction titles.

Science Alive!

The Elements by Theodore GrayI was tapping my pencil on the desk out of complete boredom.  Our sixth grade science class was learning about the periodic table and I wasn't impressed.  All those boring boxes with strange names sitting in front of me.  The table represents all matter known to man, but to me it was lifeless.  Just words and numbers on a page.  I memorized the information I needed to know and promptly forgot everything the moment I turned in my exam.  I thought that would be the end of my journey with the table of elements.  Thankfully, I was wrong. 

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