Nonfiction

Do You Smell That?

How to Smell a RatThe worst smell I’ve ever encountered?  A decaying mouse that the cat brought in without my knowledge.  Rodents are not known for their pleasant aroma – neither are financial scam artists!  Ken Fisher knows this and recently published a book called How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud.  Read it and tell your friends.

 

 

New York Times' Bestsellers in Graphic Novels

To spice up our weekly graphic novel posts, I am combining the New York Times' posts into one monthly post covering hardcovers, paperbacks, and manga novels.

All-Time Classic Comics: Garfield

In 2008, the worldly popular comic series by Jim Davis, Garfield, celebrated its 30th anniversary. Although you might not have read the series, you most likely are familiar with the mischeivous and lazy orange feline.

Here is a timeline of major events for the beloved series (more facts can be seen here): 

1978- Garfield first debuts in 41 newspapers

1980- The first book, Garfield at Large,  is published and is on the New York Times' bestseller list.

1982- Here Comes Garfield airs on television

A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat

Attacking a whale

American Whaling: Its History, Dangers, and Literary Legacy

Whales and the hunting of them do not figure prominently in the history of Texas. It’s not that they are unknown in the Gulf of Mexico. They can be seen sporting about off the coast or nosing about the bottom. And occasionally they wander or are washed ashore, as a right whale did near Freeport  in 1972, and a sperm whale did near Port Aransas in 2008.

Knitting Today

Wacky Baby KnitsLong ago, people knitted nice sedate sweaters and tasteful little hats.  Yarn colors and textures fit into a well-known collection.  That was then.  THIS is now!  Check out Wacky Baby Knits: 20 Knitted Designs for the Fashion-Conscious Toddler by Alison Jenkins.  I think I’m going to try the Frog Suit myself.

 

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

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