Nonfiction

A Little Texas History

Historical Roadside Marker

You've seen them all over the roads of Texas. Those rectangular aluminum markers standing sentry beside highways, country roads, and tourist destinations. A treasury of Texas history is engraved upon them. They recount the history of important buildings, influential people, dramatic events, and local legends.

The state of Texas began placing the markers in the late 1930s. The modern program, currently run by the Texas Historical Commission, began in 1962. Today, you can find more than 13,000 markers throughout the state.

Stephen King – Not So Scary After All

Haunted HeartStephen King scares me. (See my other blog post this week.) But don’t you find that once you get to know someone, they don’t intimidate you as much as before? I plan to find out. I’m starting a 2008 biography of King written by Lisa Rogak, who also wrote biographies of Shel Silverstein and Dan Brown.

On the Shelf: Penguin Lives

Biographies are not my first (second, third or fourth!) choice of reading material. It’s not that I have no interest in the lives interesting (often infamous) people have led throughout history. I simply don’t enjoy wading through the depth and breadth of information provided by most biographers.

Glory on the Gridiron

It's hard to tell summer is soon coming to an end. The trees are still green, the weather is still hot, and the pool still beckons. Regardless, we know autumn is fast approaching because that great American tradition is back again - football. Yes, dust off those shoulder pads, shoes, and helmets for another exciting season. Or maybe you'd rather pull up a chair next to the TV.  Whether you're a participant or a fan, these books will help you get into the spirit of the game. 

 

Who is Jaime Pressly?

 

 

It's Not Necessarily Not the TruthI’ve been walking past a book on the new bookshelf for a couple of weeks now, and I just can’t help but look at the cover and smile.  It has this adorable little blonde-haired girl with a sweet little sugar-coated smile that makes you feel warm and sunny inside.  (I do have to confess though that at first I thought it was one of those good-girls-who-turned-out-to-be-murderers type of books. Glad I was wrong!)

Learn more at the library

If you have been following the news lately, you know several hot topics are currently being discussed and debated. If you find yourself wanting to know more about an issue before deciding where you stand, try some titles from the Opposing Viewpoint series

On the Shelf: Perfection

I’ve never been especially fond of biographies – too long, too detailed and dense. To me, the same is true of autobiographies. However, I’m fascinated by slice-of-life memoirs, especially those written by working writers.

Embarrassing Financial Questions

Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill With a Credit CardYou know those times you have a question, and you just can’t bring yourself to ask it – just too embarrassing? Well, when it comes to financial questions, Mary Hunt is answering them for you. Her latest book Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill with a Credit Card is full of hundreds of financial questions and helpful answers. 

 

Quicksand Escape 101

If you are a fan of television survival shows (such as Man vs. Wild or Survivorman) and you don't mind a little humor thrown in with your survival instructions, try a book from The Worst-Case Scenario series by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. These handy pocket-size guides offer simple survival techniques for a diverse set of situations, such as wrestling down an alligator or fleeing from a volcanic erruption.

On the Shelf: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting

Hi! I’m Barbara, and I’m a knit-aholic.

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