Sara West's blog

Sweet Rivalry

Candy is a nice treat, but the business of confections can be anything but kind. Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was partially based on two of England's biggest candy rivals, Cadbury and Rowntree. The companies would often steal trade secrets from each other by sending spies to work in both factories.

Amish Living

Growing up in Indiana, I remember seeing the Amish in their buggies being pulled along by horses as our parents drove us around different parts of the state. It always fascinated me to see other people dressed in different clothing and using a different kind of transportation to get around. I wondered what it would be like to live that way. I never thought that some of the Amish might be looking at me and wondering the same thing.

A Different Kind of Farm

Farms are usually associated with images like clean air, open spaces, and growing crops, but a body farm is not your typical establishment.  Body farms are places where forensic anthropologists study human decomposition under a variety of conditions.  Texas is home to two such research facilities.  One is located at Texas State University in San Marcos and the other is hosted at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.  The information gathered on these farms is used to solve criminal investigations and tr

The Art of Selling Books

Larry McMurtry, prolific author and Pulitzer Prize winner who is best known for classics like Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and Terms of Endearment also sells books in his hometown of

London in the Limelight

Have the Olympic games piqued your interest in the host city? Bring these books home from the library and learn about all things London:

A Year of Sweet Treats

July 21 is National Junk Food Day, so go out and celebrate by indulging in your favorite bad snack. Once you're finished, find the next occasion to celebrate in the pages of Foodfest 365!: The Officially Fun Food Holiday Cookbook by Yvan D. Lemoine.

Bad Habits

Do you have a habit of cutting people's heads off and blurring people out of your life? If you do, you're either a mob boss or a bad photographer. If your problem involves taking pictures, we can certainly help. If you're a mob boss, you're out of luck.

Grab a couple of these guides at your local HCPL branch and you will never have to worry about messing up your vacation photos again.

History Lessons

Brush up on your American history before the Fourth of July by reading America: The Story of Us written by Kevin Baker for the History channel. The book is a comprehensive look at our shared history and is told through short essays, eye-catching graphics, vivid pictures, and charted statistics.

Energy Efficient Cooling

Home energy costs rise along with the temperature. Lower your summertime energy bills by learning how to cool your home more efficiently:

Discovering Treasure

You visit a garage sale and spot a lamp or piece of furniture with a unique motif. You think you might have found a hidden treasure but you can't be sure. You suddenly wonder how those people on TV always seem to know the value of an item the moment they see it. Wondering how they do it?

Learn how people in the business find, price, sell, and repurpose their thrift store treasures:

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