non-fiction

Have You Heard About... Adventures in America’s Western Parks: The Great Southwest

…the scenic southwest parks of the USA? The non-fiction travelogue Adventures in America’s Western Parks: The Great Southwest has lots of ideas for seeing nature up close and personal. Whether you like to rock climb, hike, bike or take a car ride, the southwestern part of the US is the place to do it.

Have You Heard About... Eat & Run

… the very readable book on running? I just finished reading Eat & Run by Scott Jurek who is an ultramarathoner. Why would I read a book about someone who makes a habit of running races of 100 to 150 miles…and winning them? Especially since it takes me three hours to run a simple 5K? It was a fascinating read. That’s why.

Have You Heard About... Lake Eden Cookbook

… the new cookbook from mystery author Joanne Fluke? The Lake Eden Cookbook is a wonderful addition to the books in the Hannah Swensen mystery series*.

Have You Heard About... The Garner Files

Maverick or The Rockford Files? Actor James Garner, with Jon Winokur, wrote The Garner Files, the long awaited biography on everyone’s favorite actor.

Have You Heard About... You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried

The Breakfast Club? Or Sixteen Candles? Ever heard of Ferris Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?

Have You Heard About... Nature: Waddlers & Paddlers

… all of the different kinds of penguins and where they live, or the baby sea otter who lost his mother? The first part of the DVD Nature: Waddlers & Paddlers, “The World of Penguins” – the Waddlers – explores the different types of penguins and where they live. Most people know about the emperor penguins who live in the very cold freezing temperatures, but did know there are also penguins who live in the desert? Some even live in caves.

Have You Heard About... Drift

… the military history of the United States? A tremendous amount of research went into Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power as Rachel Maddow historically follows the escalation of our country’s military might since the Vietnam War.

Have You Heard About... Riding the Rails

… riding the rails during the Depression? In this fantastic documentary about Riding the Rails, it sure makes today’s tough economic times look like a picnic. This film won awards for Best Documentary of 1997 from both the Directors Guild of America and the Los Angeles Film Critics.

Have You Heard About... Little Treasures

… the sweet pet names parents call their children? Little Treasures, by Jacqueline Ogburn and Chris Raschka, looks at endearments used around the world.

Have You Heard About... Loving What Is

… how not to listen to the voice in your head? Here at the Waukegan Public Library, the staff has been undergoing a series of trainings on compassion. So far, we have focused on defining compassion and how to have compassion for each other. This month, the focus was on having compassion on ourselves. We have asked each other (and ourselves), “How are you doing?” wanting and receiving REAL answers.

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