On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced to the world the seven men chosen to be astronauts as part of Project Mercury, the United States’ first human spaceflight program. During the press conference, reporters had many questions for these new national heroes, not the least being, “What kind of woman would actually let her husband be blasted into space on a rocket?”
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel takes a closer look at those women, who stood by the astronauts and, in many ways, played an integral part of their successes.
Mary Roach is a science writer known for her accessible, humorous style, and sometimes cringe-inducing topics. In her latest book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, she follows the digestive tract from the moment saliva starts the process of digestion in the mouth to its inevitable conclusion.
Independent For Life addresses the issues of an aging society where those over the age of 60 will outnumber those under the age of 15. The baby boom generation is driving this trend. Given the dramatic increases in life expectancy and less morbidity, living independently for those who are aging and disabled will have a large impact on society. Many of us are wondering how we will live in our later years. This book educates and gives us hope and encouragement not only for ourselves, but for our parents and families that the future need not be as bleak as had been presented to us.
There are over 130 million migrant workers in China, many of them female and under thirty. Leslie Chang, a former journalist for the Wall Street Journal, follows two of them over a period of three years in this riveting tale of hustling and chutzpah.
After my cats’ annual veterinary visit, my husband hands me the printed proof that they have received their rabies booster shots for safe keeping. I doubt that I will ever be asked to produce the paperwork; my sweet boys would never bite anyone and they are not allowed outside of the house. Even so, I dutifully file the papers.
Ina Garten is a very popular cookbook author and TV personality. Her cookbooks are written for the home cook using ingredients that are available in supermarkets and at local farm stands. Beautiful photographs showing finished recipes are a nice feature in her books.
If you’re planning to have a vegetable garden this year you’re probably studying seed catalogs, visiting seed stores, and poking around in the dirt. Whether you’re interested in sustainable agriculture, the locavore movement, eating organic, or just plain like to garden – the best way to control the quality of the food you eat is to grow it yourself. Rutgers Cooperative Extension County Offices are located in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties and are a great resource for seed varieties, soil testing, pest identification and general gardening tips.
Our first posting to the State Library Information Center’s Book Blog will highlight the National Book Award winner for nonfiction, 2012, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Beautiful Forevers refers to advertising on a wall near the Mumbai International Airport. A slum or undercity called Annawadi lies behind the wall. Ms. Boo tells the stories of several residents and their families as they try to earn a living in this Indian undercity.