Have You Heard About... The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

… the joys of fandom? Science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, gaming, comics, and much more – Sam Maggs covers it all in The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy. She gives a quick overview of everything from different types of fandoms, meeting other fans in real life and online, dealing with trolls, attending conventions, and being a feminist.

Have You Heard About... The Soul of an Octopus

… the amazing, alien creatures that live in the ocean? While many people are afraid of octopuses, Sy Montgomery shows us their beauty and intelligence in The Soul of an Octopus. She got to know several of these incredible animals, forming close bonds both with them and with the staff and volunteers at the New England Aquarium.

Have You Heard About... The Stranger Beside Me

… the true crime author who was friends with one of America’s most infamous serial killers? Ann Rule, the queen of true crime, made a name for herself with The Stranger Beside Me, which told the story of Ted Bundy and her personal relationship with him, both before, during, and after his terrifying killing sprees.

Have You Heard About... What If?

… what would happen if we all pointed lasers at the moon, or everyone on the earth went to the same place and jumped at the same time, or how to make a jetpack out of machine guns? Randall Munroe explains the results of all of those situations and many more in What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

Have You Heard About... Catification

… the great things you can do to make your home better for your cat?

Have You Heard About... Nocturne

… the creatures that roam the night? No, not supernatural horrors, Nocturne: Creatures of the Night features real nocturnal animals. Traer Scott has put together a beautiful book with photographs of mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, and more.

Have You Heard About... The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

… the wonders of the human brain? Sam Kean brings us another great nonfiction book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery. While scientists can learn a lot about most of our bodies by studying other animals, some aspects of the human brain (and mind) are unique.

Have You Heard About... Hyperbole and a Half

… the blogging sensation that has been turned into a best-selling book? When I heard that Allie Brosh was publishing a print version of her award winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half, I quite literally jumped for joy. I don’t usually keep up with blogs, but her expressive cartooning and poignant topics make for an utterly hilarious combination.

Have You Heard About... The Girl in the Leaves

… the real-life thriller that reads like a novel? I just got finished with Robert Scott’s The Girl in the Leaves. This really crazy guy breaks into a house, kills three people and kidnaps the daughter. It has lots of twists and turns you don’t see coming.

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