Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 12/14/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Hope to Die, by James Patterson
2. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
3. The Escape, by David Baldacci
4. Revival, by Stephen King
5. Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect, by Mark Greaney
6. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
7. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
8. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
9. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
10. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
11. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
12. The Mistletoe Promise, by Richard Paul Evans
13. The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark
14. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
15. Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
3. 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush
4. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
5. What If?, by Randall Munroe
6. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
7. The Andy Cohen Diaries, by Andy Cohen
8. You Can’t Make This Up, by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim
9. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
10. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
11. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
12. Small Victories, by Anne Lamott
13. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter
14. Dreamers and Deceivers, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
15. The Beatles Lyrics, by Hunter Davies

Washington Post 12/14/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Escape, by David Baldacci
2. Hope to Die, by James Patterson
3. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
4. Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect, by Mark Greaney
5. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
6. Revival, by Stephen King
7. The World of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
8. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
9. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
10. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush
2. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
3. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
4. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
5. What If?, by Randall Munroe
6. Money: Master the Game, by Tony Robbins
7. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
8. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
9. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.
10. You Can’t Make This Up, by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 2014 Consumer Reports: Holiday Shopping, Coffee and Winter Driving Tips




Many people will either give or receive an electronic item this holiday season. If you're one of them, check out "The Great Electronics Gift Guide" in the December issue of Consumer Reports.  The guide includes reviews and ratings for TVs, streaming media players, tablets, laptops, cameras, and headphones.

Before going out to shop for gifts, check out the "Seven Commandments of Holiday Shopping." They might help you avoid the temptation to spend too much during the holidays!

Do you like coffee and/or wine?  "The New Rules for Coffee and Wine Drinkers" provides the scoop on which are healthy and how much caffeine is really in your morning coffee. 

Consumer Reports recently conducted an Automobile Reliability Survey,and received over 1 million responses.  Check out the reliability charts, representing over 200 vehicles, from subcompacts to minivans.


Since winter is fast approaching, you might want to check out this month's "Road Report" section.  It includes information on the best tires for winter driving, tips for driving in snow and slush, and the answers to three common cold weather vehicle-related questions. 

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for ranges, including tip on "how to keep your old stove going"
  • Ratings for midsize sedans
  • Ratings for outlet stores
Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 12/7/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Hope to Die, by James Patterson
2. The Escape, by David Baldacci
3. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
4. Revival, by Stephen King
5. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
6. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
7. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
8. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
9. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
10. Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
11. The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark
12. Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline
13. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
14. The Mistletoe Promise, by Richard Paul Evans
15. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. 41, by George W. Bush
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
4. What If?, by Randall Munroe
5. The Andy Cohen Diaries, by Andy Cohen
6. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
7. You Can’t Make This Up, by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim
8. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
9. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
10. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris
11. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
12. Small Victories, by Anne Lamott
13. Dreamers and Deceivers, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
14. No Hero, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
15. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson

Washington Post 12/7/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Revival, by Stephen King
2. Hope to Die, by James Patterson
3. The Escape, by David Baldacci
4. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
5. The World of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
6. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
7. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
10. The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. 41, by George W. Bush
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. Money: Master the Game, by Tony Robbins
4. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.
5. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
6. What If?, by Randall Munroe
7. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
8. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
9. The Andy Cohen Diaries, by Andy Cohen
10. You Can’t Make This Up, by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Great Mystery Reads: A Look Back at My Favorites

Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, I like to look back at my reading log for the year to see if I still agree with the ratings I assigned to each title.

I use a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being outstanding (and this is from my personal point of view, having nothing at all to do with what critics or reviewers might say), and 5 being not so great, but at least I finished it. I usually stop reading any book that is heading for a rating of less than five. After all, life is too short to read anything that doesn’t leave you informed, enriched, or entertained.


Therefore, based on my highly biased ratings, I offer the following suggestions for your winter reading or gift giving selections in the categories of fiction, mystery and non-fiction.


To escape from a cold, bleak winter you could travel to the lush jungle of Papua-New Guinea in the pages of the novel Euphoria by Lily King. Inspired by the life and work of Margaret Mead, Lily King presents an enthralling tale of three anthropologists and their relationships to each other and to the people they study.
For a story closer to home, geographically and emotionally, you might enjoy Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. I like this author’s engaging style and her stories about people dealing with the everyday problems of family, career, love and grief.

Leaping into the fantasy genre, I very much enjoyed The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. This is the third volume of a trilogy so, once again, it would be best to begin with The Magicians and The Magician King before reading this third offering. This set of three would also be a great gift for adults who wish Hogwarts had been their school.

Author Jill Paton Walsh was given the blessing of the estate of Dorothy Sayers to continue the story of amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her most recent contribution is The Late Scholar, which takes the couple back to Oxford to resolve a financial dilemma and, eventually, to investigate suspicious death. This volume, along with The Attenbury Emeralds (published in 2011) would make an excellent gift for fans of Peter and Harriet and the other lively characters first imagined by Dorothy Sayers in the 1920s.

Another highly-rated mystery is the latest volume in C Alan Bradley’s adventures of Flavia De Luce, the precocious 11-year old living in 1950s England. Flavia consistently finds herself in the middle of the mayhem that comes to her seemingly sleepy village.
The Dead in their Vaulted Arches is the most recent title in this six-volume series, but I would suggest starting at the beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and continuing from there.
A few nonfiction titles also won high ratings:
• 
Countdown: our last, best hope for a future on earth? by Alan Weisman;
• 
Six Amendments: how and why we should change the Constitution by John Paul Stevens;
• 
Amsterdam by Russell Shorto
• 
The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O Wilson

Don't forget to check out the 2015 selections for the Mystery Book Club. You can find them at all three library locations or online. New members are always welcome! 

Happy winter reading and happy holidays.

Maryellen @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 11/30/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Escape, by David Baldacci
2. Revival, by Stephen King
3. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
4. The Mistletoe Promise, by Richard Paul Evans
5. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
6. The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark
7. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. The Job, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
10. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
11. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
12. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
13. Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
14. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
15. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. 41, by George W. Bush
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
4. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
5. The Andy Cohen Diaries, by Andy Cohen
6. What If?, by Randall Munroe
7. One Nation Under Taught, by Vince M. Bertram
8. Small Victories, by Anne Lamott
9. Dreamers and Deceivers, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
10. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
11. There Was a Little Girl, by Brooke Shields
12. You Can’t Make This Up, by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim
13. No Hero, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
14. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
15. So Anyway…, by John Cleese

Washington Post 11/30/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Escape, by David Baldacci
2. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
3. Revival, by Stephen King
4. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
5. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
6. The Mistletoe Promise, by Richard Paul Evans
7. The Job, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
8. The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark
9. The World of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
10. Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Money: Master the Game, by Tony Robbins
2. 41, by George W. Bush
3. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
4. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
5. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
6. America in Retreat, by Bret Stephens
7. What If?, by Randall Munroe
8. Spam Nation, by Brian Krebs
9. Victoria: A Life, by A. N. Wilson
10. You Can’t Make This Up, by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim


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Monday, December 1, 2014

December Book Discussions at Your Library

The following books are under discussion at Fauquier County Public Library during December. New members are always welcome! Visit our adult services page for more information on adult book clubs.


December Book Discussions
December Book Discussions
Mon., Dec. 1 - 7 p.m.
Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield, available in Katherine Mansfield's Selected Stories.  (Great Books)

Weds., Dec. 10 - 1 p.m.
Holiday Party and 2015 Book Selections. (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

Mon., Dec. 15 - 7:30 p.m.
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. (Bealeton Evening Book Club)

Thurs., Dec. 18 - 12 p.m.  
Book chat and review of 2014 Titles. (Mystery Book Club)
Note: Will meet in the Warrenton Library Program Room

Thurs., Dec. 18 - 2:30 p.m.
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. (Bealeton Afternoon Book Club)

Mon., Dec. 15 - 7 p.m.
Holiday Party and 2015 Book Selections.  (Marshall Evening Book Club

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Savoring the Holidays

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrating family and thankfulness—but let's be real, it's also a holiday celebrating food.

In the United States, holiday feasts are often followed by guilt and dieting, but it's not clear that this attitude is warrented. Feasts reunite us with family and friends. We share favorite recipes and, in the case of Thanksgiving, enjoy a last cheerful hurrah before winter's arrival. Plus, food is delicious!

So as you polish off your Thanksgiving dinner and fondly consider dessert, here are some cookbooks to prepare you for the next holiday get-together. Starting in December, we'll have holiday cookbooks on display here in Warrenton, as well as books about crafting handmade gifts.


The holidays are a great opportunity to indulge in some food nostalgia. This collection of 20th-century American recipes gives all the pleasure of flipping through a vintage cookbook (without the loose pages and dubious food stains).

Inside, you'll find everything from tamale pie to pineapple upside-down cake. Additional entertainment value comes from snippets of American food history and retro advertisements.




This beautifully illustrated book collects Native American recipes from across North America. American foods define our holiday meals—staples like turkey, cornmeal, cranberries, potatoes, and winter squash. Here native foods are showcased in traditional and contemporary Native American recipes.

Recipes range from contemporary dishes like huckleberry-honey cake and pumpkin soup to forgotten staples such as acorn flour and wild greens. This book will particularly appeal to gardeners, foragers, and farmers' market aficionados, who can cook many of these recipes out of local ingredients.



The library has several pie cookbooks, but I believe this book is the only one penned by a "pie-baking champion." Michele Stuart has won National Pie Championships, and her pies do look awfully tempting, from apple pie (country-style or sugar free) to savory dishes such as Lobster Pot Pie.

If your holiday crowd is a bit competitive about desserts, this book will arm you to wow your adversaries.




Dietary restrictions can make the holidays daunting, but the library has some great cookbooks for special diets.

In the Diabetes Friendly Kitchen, chefs at the Culinary Institute of America have formulated 125 recipes that are genuinely delicious as well as healthy. For creative cooks who want to adapt their own recipes, the book offers guidance in choosing ingredients and cooking techniques that are flavorful but meet dietary needs.


Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes from the library!

Becky @ Warrenton

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