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Get 'Em While They're Fresh: New Books for September

by Geoff Pettys 9/12/2012 2:32:00 PM

Cover:Honky TonkI love classic country music. I also love photography. As such, I thoroughly enjoyed paging through Honkey Tonk, a recently published collection of Henry Horenstein’s historic photographs. From Bill Monroe to Dolly Parton to Waylon Jennings, Country music fans are sure to enjoy these intimate portraits of some of the genre’s biggest legends.  Available at the Richardson Library,  781.6420222 H8116H 

  Cover of Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?

While publishing companies would surely disagree, I think celebrity memoirs are ideal for borrowing from a library. They are usually entertaining and quick reads, but probably not something you will read more than once. So instead of buying Mindy Kaling’s Is Eveyone Hanging out without me?, why not check it out from the library’s Popular Reading Collection, Unwind the Mind?  Best known for her portrayal of Kelly Kapoor on the Office, Kaling's recently published memoir provides a witty account of her life interspersed with her musings on dating, body image, and friendship. Available at the Richardson Library Popular Reading Collection, 818.602 KALIN 2011 .  We'll be getting a new copy in soon, we hope.


I recently got sucked into an episode of PBS’ phenomenal series, The Fabric of the Cosmos, based on Brian Greene’s book of the same name. In the series, Greene does a great job of simplifying complex ideas and presents them in unique and colorful ways. I was fascinated by his explanation of time and the notion that there are multiple “versions” of time, all of which are malleable. As fascinated as I am by this, I still do not understand it. At all. Thankfully, the library has a copy of Tim Maudlin’s new book Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time. Maudlin’s overview of the historical and contemporary philosophies concerning time is clear and accessible to non-physicists (he leaves out a lot of the math). Reading this book will certainly not make you an expert on the topic, but it is certainly worth the time. Available at the Richardson Library,  530.11 M447P.

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