Caffeine: The World’s Favorite Drug

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Whether you slam an energy drink in the afternoon or start your day with a cup of joe, most Americans consume some amount of caffeine during the day, and we love it. Recently, author Murray Carpenter took a good long look at a drug many of us use daily without thinking about it. In his book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, Carpenter travels the world to see where and how we get our caffeine fix, as well as how it affects our bodies and minds. Continue reading “Caffeine: The World’s Favorite Drug”

Slightly Gruesome Historical Fiction

Click here to view The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Pötzsch in SPL catalogClick here to find The Beggar King by Oliver Pötzsch in SPL catalogClick here to find The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch in SPL catalog Click here to find The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch in SPL catalog

The Hangman’s Daughter Series

I picked up The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch because I liked the cover art and the font used for the title. Yes, sometimes, I judge books by their covers but this time it worked out really well for me. Although the book is great, with an imaginative plot, intriguing characters and history oozing out of the whole story, what really caught my attention was how Pötzsch came up with the characters. In fact, he didn’t come up with them at all. They are actually his ancestors. Continue reading “Slightly Gruesome Historical Fiction”

Strange History

Picture of the book "The Dancing  Plague." Click here to find it in the catalog.One hot July day a woman walks out of her house and starts dancing. She dances for hours and then days. Soon other people become infected with the dancing plague and before long hundreds are uncontrollably dancing in the streets. Sounds like a great science fiction story, right? Well it actually happened in Strasburg, Germany in 1518. Continue reading “Strange History”

Toilet Reads: Fascinating Nonfiction about the Necessary Acts

Cover of the book "Life of Pee." Click here to find it in the Seattle Public Library catalog. The human body is fascinating. But sometimes what is more fascinating is what we do with what comes out of the human body. The book Life of Pee, by Sally Magnusson, is a testament to some of the strange and ingenious things we have done with urine. We have used it to dye our hair, make gunpowder and clean our clothes. Every page of this book is filled with fascinating facts about pee.

The book begins with a glossary with all the urine related words you will ever need to know. Weeting, for instance, was what they called the urine that was collected each day from people’s homes and used in the wool industry of England. Continue reading “Toilet Reads: Fascinating Nonfiction about the Necessary Acts”