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Having successfully locked my keys and lunch in my locker, my thoughts, prompted by my stomach, wandered towards the topic of survival.  Why so often are we un-prepared for the twists and turns of fate, bad luck, etc.?  I began to set to an investigation of survival and field guides here in the UConn Co-op General Books…

Have you ever found yourself, upon setting out for the day or planning with wcsfriends, mentally running through the worst case scenario?  What if you need to break down a door?  Hot wire a car? Or fend off a shark? What if you need to jump from a moving vehicle?  Take a punch? Or escape from killer bees? You’d best be prepared with an answer to these questions before the situation arises.  Look no further than The Worst-Case scenario Survival Handbook.  This book has the answers total of these situations and more of the worst possible cases you could find yourself in.

Ever been on a hike or camping trip and your buddy forgot the trail mix?  You might want to have which identifies common everyday plants that I’d never known I could eat.  This field guide gives illustrations as well as color plates of edible plants in Eastern and Central North America.  It also tells you how to prepare each edible part of the plant from leaves to stems to tubers.

Bolt cutters it turns out are an essential tool for survival.  Meanwhile, I’ve had my lunch and am now better prepared for whatever awaits me when I next step out my door.  Make sure you check out these books at the UConn Co-op so that you are too!

Happy Reading!


Peterson Field Guides’ Edible Wild Plants (9780395926222 $19.00)

The Worst-Case scenario Survival Handbook (9780811825559 $14.95)

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Paranormal (9780811879644 $14.95)

This book will have you prepared on how to immobilize a zombie, build a monster from spare parts and survive an alien abduction.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: LIFE (97808118531325 $15.95)

For the more practical everyday survival; tips on how to survive hay fever, a bird trapped in the house, a stampede of giraffes,  fingers stuck in bowling ball and more!


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The walking dead or mystical horses?

Zombies Versus Unicorns (9781416989547) $9.99

z vs u                Let’s talk about zombies.  Zombies have staggered and crawled into the latest in pop culture.  “Heck, yes!” Some of you are saying.  You have already sharpened your knives, loaded up your survival kits and have overall zombie prepped your homes for the Zombie Apocalypse.  Now all you need is some good reading while biding your zombie slaying time.  Meanwhile others of you are probably asking “Why?  What’s so great about zombies? They’re just rotting bits of flesh.”   You would probably rather curl up with a good story about something a little more magical, like say, unicorns.

This is just the debate that authors Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier had that produced the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns (now available at your UConn Co-op).  Holly leads Team Unicorns with authors, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, and Diana Peterfreund.  While Justine heads Team Zombie which includes Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld and Carrie Ryan.  The teams combat with tales of the walking dead falling in love (as well as in pieces) and killer unicorns that deliver swift justice, with fierce and entertaining banter betwixt the editors sprinkled in between.  Which team will you join?

Happy Reading!


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