Monday, July 18, 2011

Hot reads for a hot summer day!

It's hot! It's so hot that there's not much else to do but stay inside and read. With that in mind, may we suggest some of the following?

If learning the origins of everyday items like cough drops, crossword puzzles and chopsticks excites you, then you may be looking for An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson.

Trailblazers, heralds of modern society or depraved and wild -- you be the judge after reading Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz.

You are what you eat, so you better be well informed. Try: Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food Is Making Us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer -- and What You Can Do About It, edited by Karl Weber.

Pay homage to the man who brought Chinese martial arts to the forefront: Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit: A Biography by Bruce Thomas.

Adultery, thievery and favoritism. No, we're not talking about the newest drama on television, we're talking about The Private Lives of Birds by Bridget Stutchbury.

Our entire list of new books can be found on our Web page or through our catalog. So, curl up with a good book, a fan and a cold drink. It's going to be a scorcher!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Midsummer Treat!

The summer semester is flying by and with it the opportunity to relax on the beach with a good book. The library is offering plenty of good reads for just such an opportunity. So don't let summer pass you by!

For starters try (for all the new books, go to the new books list):

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
The Increment: A Novel by David Ignatius
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. LeGuin
Life by Keith Richards
No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Seven Mile Beach by Tom Gilling
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Tuff: A Novel by Paul Beatty

This intriguing book debates the influences on intelligence from genetics to race to culture: Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count by Richard Nisbett.

To continue the bullying theme (a serious problem for many young students) from the last new books list, check out Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons.

Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran--A Journey Behind the Headlines by Scott Peterson explores Iran: the nation, the people, and the culture.

For NASCAR fans, try:
NASCAR the Complete History by Greg Fielden
NASCAR Nation: A History of Stock Car Racing in the United States by Scott Beekman

From Aphrodite to Zeus, check out 100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities by Malcolm Day.

As always, this is just a few of the wonderful reads we have waiting for you. Stop by the library and check out a couple. See you soon!