Space Books That Are Out of This World

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Launch yourself into outer space with one of these books about the past and future of space travel and cosmology, available from the JMRL catalog:

How to Live in Space by Colin Stuart – An amusing and informative illustrated guide to life beyond our own planet that covers everything from training for and living in space to the future of space travel and tourism.

Beyond Earth by Charles Wohlforth & Amanda R. Hendrix – A leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer present a chronicle of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the idea of space colonization into an achievable goal, sharing arguments in favor of targeting Saturn’s moon, Titan.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Offers witty, digestible explanations of topics in cosmology, from the Big Bang and black holes to quantum mechanics and the search for life in the universe.

The Cosmic Web by J. Richard Gott – Presents a semi-autobiographical discussion of astronomy and astronomers, the history of cosmology, and the latest theories about the structure of the universe.

The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard – A theoretical physicist who has worked closely with Stephen Hawking uses direct and simple language to demonstrate the theories behind the functioning of the universe, including what happens when a star dies and the basics of the quantum world.

Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall – A renowned particle physicist draws on original research into dark matter to illuminate the surprising connections between deep space and life on Earth.

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach – Describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.

Books for Book Lovers

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If reading was your first love, then consider scheduling a date with one of these books for Valentine’s Day:

I’d Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel – Blogger and host of the “What Should I Read Next?” podcast offers a charming, relatable essay collection for book lovers everywhere, examining the magical and maddening aspects of the reading life.

What to Read & Why by Francine Prose – Celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers the author admires above all others, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells – An author and book-trade historian describes his travels around the world to different types of libraries and discusses how he began to notice amazing and interesting patterns that replicated themselves in these collections over the centuries.

The Lost Chapters by Leslie Schwartz – A powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books the author read as she served a 90-day jail sentence.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence – Presents a collection of love letters and break-up notes addressed to the books the author has encountered throughout her career as a librarian.

Wild Things by Bruce Handy – A nostalgic ramble through classic children’s literature explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from “The Cat in the Hat” and “Charlotte’s Web” to “Goodnight Moon” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson – Explores the reading life as a gift and an adventure for women, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight.

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – Chronicles the author’s adventure reading 50 great tomes, reminding readers why they should make time for books.

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. But, heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing health conditions. To help lower your risk of heart disease, you can get active by checking out one of JMRL’s fit kits.

Here are a few books (both fiction and non-fiction) about hearts available in our catalog:
Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin
Leave Me by Gayle Foreman
The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman
Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
All the Houses by Karen Olsson
The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love by Marilyn Yalom