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Are you getting married? Do you know someone engaged and getting married soon? If you answered yes then you need to come check out our wedding section in Nonfiction! We have plenty of resources for planning every detail, budgeting, finding the right flowers, cake or dress for your wedding. Take a look at some our new wedding books!

The Modern Wedding: From Graphics to Styling. This book is a great selection if you’re looking to flip through and try to get a sense of your personal style.

Once you have died and gone to the Underworld, nothing will ever be the same. Seventeen year old Pierce is trying to put her life back together after she escaped from Death, but he just won’t let her go. And she isn’t sure if she wants him to.

The first book in bestselling author Meg Cabot’s new series creates a modern day retelling of Persephone. Riding high on the mythology trend, Abandon follows reckless and headstrong Pierce as she deals with the aftermath of her death. Though she was given a second chance at life, she cannot forget him. Abandon artfully sets up the trilogy and leaves you begging for more!

The Nonfiction Department has recently added some great new books on Chinese history. Check out these titles on China’s long history:

  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. Platt
  • The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in Chinaby David J. Sibley
  • China’s Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight by Gregory Crouch
  • Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel
  • Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad

It’s Not About the Broccoli addresses something every parent has to deal with multiple times a day when your child asks for food. Parents are often inundated with how to books and instructional videos on parenting issues, and food tends to be a top contender among them. It’s Not About the Broccoli gives parents simple structural guides to help children develop healthy eating habits. This book is not about sneaking healthy foods into your kid’s diet or tricking them into liking veggies. Dina Rose is all about communicating with your kids, teaching them how to taste food (and not to immediately reject it!) and strives to take the stress out of mealtime.

No, this is not the title of a 1950s schlock-fest movie; it is indeed happening in a garden very near you. On a late night walk with the dog, I noticed a couple of slugs on my back porch. This is not a big surprise since every morning I see the tell- tell signs of the slime they have left behind. I decided to go grab a flashlight and see just what these two slugs were up to— where they were headed, how long it took for them to get there and what they would do when they got there.

Have you wanted to broaden your horizons with a good book lately? Or perhaps you’ve felt like reading something that will take you back to your roots? In either case, Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America by Jay Parini is sure to inspire you with ideas for your reading list. This collection of essays focuses on the core thirteen books that entered American life and explains how they altered how we think and act. The author also offers a list of 100 other influential books in our history. Find this book, and others like it, in the Literature Room in the Nonfiction Department.

Or perhaps you want to plan the Great American Road Trip? Here are some great stories about traveling around our wonderful nation:

First it was organic foods, then locally produced, in recent years the move towards using animal power in lieu of diesel for farm production has increased substantially.

Normally relegated to pioneer reenactments, animal power is making news (On Small Farms, Hoof Power Returns), even though they are generally seen as only feasible for small farms.

Check out the documentary, The Farmer and the Horse, for the ups and downs of using animal power.

Love New Orleans? Visit the Nonfiction Department to read these love letters to New Orleans and Louisiana from noted Southern authors:

In Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes, Elizabeth Bard captures the sights, sounds AND TASTES of Paris, the cultural challenges of an expat living in France and the angst of a Renaissance woman trying to find her place in a practical world. If you liked Eat Pray Love and Under the Tuscan Sun, you’ll love this delicious memoir!