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Two Websites to Help You Find Your Next Book

January 29, 2015 6:02 pm

With the seemingly endless number of books available today, choosing your next read often feels overwhelming. If you want great book recommendations from knowledgeable sources, these websites offer reviews, news, and author interviews from the worlds of fiction and nonfiction.

Book TV
C-SPAN’s Book TV is a weekly television program that interviews modern authors about their upcoming books. Book TV features 48 full hours of nonfiction books from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 8 a.m on the C-SPAN network. The program’s website includes a program schedule, links to purchase books featured on the show, a video library of past content, and podcasts discussing current works of nonfiction.

NPR Books
National Public Radio’s Books is a radio program that discusses recent news from the literary world, and the show’s corresponding website offers even more than that. The NPR Books website enables you to browse by genre to find book reviews for works you might be interested in, and it also features a New in Paperback section of upcoming releases. The author interviews include in-depth discussions with some of the country’s most renowned authors, and you just might find your new favorite after hearing his or her point of view. The NPR Books website also features a front page of news headlines from the publishing world, from the staggering revenue from the romance novel industry to books related to current events in the world today.

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The League of Extraordinary Brewers: Unique Brews and Delicious Eats

January 21, 2015 5:02 pm

Craft beer enthusiasts might enjoy The League of Extraordinary Brewers in Houston. A true celebration of small breweries from Texas and beyond, this gastropub also serves beer brewed right on the premises. Local beers include Nitro Lone Pint and Brazos Valley alongside Texas labels such as 512 and Rogness. The selection changes to include new and seasonal taps, a reason to stop back frequently to see what’s offered.

A fresh pint of your favorite style of beer goes great with the small plate selection on the menu, including cheese plates and the favorite beer cheese pretzel. More substantial fare includes hand-stretched pizzas topped with Meyer’s Elgin Sausage, a regional craft meat. Settle in beside other beer connoisseurs in this cozy yet comfortable brewery accented by exposed brick and wall length windows. Visit the gastropub's website to learn more about The League of Extraordinary Brewers!

The League of Extraordinary Brewers
907 Franklin Street
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 406-0652

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Three Uses for Coffee Beyond Your Morning Mug

January 14, 2015 5:01 pm

You already think coffee is a lifesaver, but what if we told you that it has other uses aside from your morning mug? There are a variety of different ways to use coffee beans, grounds, and coffee itself, and many of them have nothing to do with that morning jolt of caffeine. Here are some helpful ways to use coffee around the house.

  1. Exfoliate your skin. If you usually use a cream-based face wash, turn it into an exfoliant by adding coarse coffee grounds. Wash your face as you normally would, and the grainy texture will slough away dry, dead skin cells.
  2. Freshen the air. In rooms like the kitchen or bathroom, use coffee as a unique air freshener. Place a small bowl of coffee grounds somewhere out of the way to mask and absorb odors.
  3. Scrub pots and pans. If your pots and pans are covered in grease but you don’t want to take steel wool to the non-stick surface, try coffee instead. Smear some grounds all over the surface of the pan, and then use a sponge or thick rag to apply pressure in small, circular motions.

16 Genius Uses for Coffee [All You]
13 Surprising Uses for Coffee [Reader's Digest]
20 Unusual Uses for Coffee [Yahoo!]
Top 10 Uses for Coffee Grounds [Curbly]

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