How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day: A True Story by Ann Hodgman; Henry Holt, $16.99.

This hilarious book stops in sixth grade, because "after that my life became so embarrassing that writing it down would have caused the pages to burst into flames," the author says. Hodgman remembers all kinds of embarrassing things -- taping her hair to her neck to try to straighten it, wearing bloomers, being the only girl at slumber parties who actually wanted to sleep. She remembers annoying kids, teachers who were unfair. A couple things she remembers would never be allowed now: For one, a bus driver who kept a rifle behind his seat and threatened to shoot the kids for acting up.

She's always funny, and she gives some wise advice in the last chapter (for example, you'll be sorry later if you give up on music lessons.)

-- Jean Westmoore


The YWCA of the Tonawandas and Riviera Theatre present the Family Film Series with a screening of "Winnie the Pooh" (G) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2.


Red, orange, yellow and brown -- these are the colors of autumn.

Trees make their own food through a process called photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, trees use the sun's light to turn water from the ground and carbon dioxide from the air into oxygen and glucose, a kind of sugar. Trees use glucose as food for energy. During the winter, there is not enough sunlight for photosynthesis. So, trees shut down their tiny food-making factories. When that happens, chlorophyll (needed for photosynthesis and to give leaves their green color) fades, leaving the leaves bright orange, red and yellow.

-- Time Book of Why