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Have You Heard About... Gulp

… the glorious workings of the human digestive system? Mary Roach scores again with her latest offbeat foray into the world of science - Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

Have You Heard About... What She Wants

… a bunch of guys reading romance novels? Told from the male point of view, What She Wants, by Sheila Roberts, will have you laughing through the entire book. Nerdy computer geek Jonathan goes to a library used-book sale with his sister Juliet .

Have You Heard About... Mad Science 2

… the amazing, dangerous, and beautiful things you can do with the proper application of chemistry and physics? Mad Science 2, by Theodore Gray, collects short articles explaining the concepts behind more than thirty projects, including incinerating a diamond and cutting steel with bacon.

Have You Heard About... The Shining Girls

… the time-traveling serial killer from Chicago’s past?

Have You Heard About... The Wisdom of Compassion

… the importance of consideration for others in our busy world? I just finished The Wisdom of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan.

Have You Heard About... Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg’s sensational and controversial book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead? This book, which takes a look at modern-day perceptions and expectations of women in the work place, has sparked a lot of heated debates about politics and feminism. But what is the book actually about?

Have You Heard About... Thirteen Reasons Why

… the high school girl who held her tormentors responsible for her suicide? In Jay Asher’s critically acclaimed teen novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, Clay Jensen wakes up to find a set of cassette tapes on his front door from Hannah Baker, his classmate and long-time crush who killed herself two weeks previously.

Have You Heard About... My Dog

… the humor surrounding man’s best friend? Matthew Inman takes a lovingly funny look at canines in My Dog: The Paradox. Dogs are ridiculously brave around dangerous things and fearful of things that can hurt them. They apologize if you accidentally trip over them. They’re as happy to see you return home when you’ve been gone for four minutes or four hours.

Have You Heard About... Dad is Fat

… why it’s a bad idea to raise five kids in a New York City apartment? Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan, is pretty much what we expect when we read something written by a comedian - short, humorous vignettes about a certain topic that could very likely have been pulled from the person’s stand-up routine…or in Gaffigan’s case, actually HAVE been pulled from his routine.

Have You Heard About... Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest

… the great teen road trip? Two teens set out together the summer before they start college, finding themselves along the way. Troy is the perfect guy — handsome, smart, athletic, friendly with everyone, and a genuinely nice guy. Helen is also smart and athletic, although rather shy. They both get along well with their parents and siblings, and they work together at Magic Burger. Together, they’re taking the ride of their lives in Troy’s father’s electric-blue Ford convertible.

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