Friday, September 12, 2014

September 2014 Consumer Reports: Painkillers and Their Risks



This month's Consumer Reports cover article is all about painkillers.  The article discusses some of the most widely-used painkillers, prescription and over-the-counter, and some of the risks involved in taking them.  

Most of us have closets full of items we aren't using.  Do you want to get rid of the clutter?  If so, check out the article on how to sell your stuff.  Especially useful is the chart listing common items (furniture, jewelry, clothing) and where you can try selling them--through auction houses, online, yard sales, etc.

Have you noticed the new self-checkout lines at your favorite stores?  This is part of a trend that is not going away.  More and more companies are taking the self-service approach--banks, restaurants, airlines, etc. The article "When Customer Service Becomes Self-Service" has tips on how to survive this.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for all-in-one printers
  • Ratings for pod coffeemakers
  • Article on Ultra HD TVs
  • How to choose a medical alert system
  • Milk alternatives, and how they compare to milk nutritionally
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, September 9, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/7/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny
2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
5. The Broken Eye, by Brent Weeks
6. Adultery, by Paulo Coelho
7. Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas
10. The 6th Extinction, by James Rollins
11. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness
12. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
13. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
14. Heroes Are My Weakness, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
15. The Lost Island, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. The Way Forward, by Paul Ryan
3. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
4. The Organized Mind, by Daniel J. Levitin
5. In the Kingdom of Ice, by Hampton Sides
6. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
7. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
8. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
9. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
10. Excellent Sheep, by William Deresiewicz
11. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
12. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
13. The First Family Detail, by Ronald Kessler
14. A Spy Among Friends, by Ben Macintyre
15. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis

Washington Post 9/7/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny
2. Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown
3. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
4. Adultery, by Paulo Coelho
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
7. The Broken Eye, by Brent Weeks
8. Tom Clancy: Support and Defend, by Mark Greaney
9. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber
10. The Heist, by Daniel Silva

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
2. 100 Days of Real Food, by Lisa Leake
3. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.
4. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
5. Strengths Based Leadership, by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie
6. The Little Book of Economics, by Greg Ip
7. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
8. Breakout, by Newt Gingrich
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. Innovation is Everybody’s Business, by Robert B. Tucker

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Are you ready for some football??

Whether you cheer for the Washington Redskins or Baltimore Ravens (or maybe even the Minnesota Vikings, like this librarian) we have resources to help you prepare for the upcoming football season. If you prefer college football over the NFL we have also have titles on some popular college rivalries. If Fantasy Football is your thing- we've got that too! Stop by any Fauquier County Public Library for football titles. Here are a few items that will be on display at the Warrenton Library.
    

SuperBowl Collection: Washington Redskins.
Learn more about the Redskins in the Super Bowl DVD.




RG3: the promise by Dave Sheinin. 
A look at the 2011 Heisman Trophy Winner rising star status as a Washington Redskin.




Take a look at some of the “forgotten” stories from the NFL. 

  

Big Games by Michael Bradley.
This book takes a look at some other popular college football rivalries.


  


Why fantasy football matters:and our lives do not by Erik Barmack and Max Handleman.
 A humorous look at the amount of time spent on playing Fantasy Football.



We also have a great selection of football-related titles for children and young adults. You can check them out at Kiddosphere, a Fauquier County Public Library  blog that looks at the latest books and resources for kids and teens. 

Here’s to wishing your team a successful year!

Jody @ Warrenton...Go Vikings!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Read the Book ... Watch the Movie ... or Both?

Movies that are based on books—either popular fiction or classic literature—have been made almost since the beginning of the movie industry itself. Over the decades, the approach of directors and screenwriters has changed in response, I imagine, to the perceived tastes of society at large and the movie-going public in particular. 

For example, it was pointed out to me recently that the screenplay for the movie The Maltese Falcon differs from Dashiell Hammett’s book in only one minor scene and character. The cinematic visions of modern movie makers, however, seem to include dialog, plot devices, and even characters not found in their source material.

So all of this lays the foundation for the debate about reading the book before seeing the movie. Is it necessary? Can one fully appreciate the movie without reading the book? Will reading the book first actually detract from one’s appreciation of the movie because of all the changes and/or additions the director and screenwriter have included?

Because we make our reading and viewing decisions based on our own feelings about these things, I encourage everyone to read the book OR watch the movie OR do both and then have a lively discussion with your friends about the differences!

First, a sampling of some classics; how many of you have read the book and seen the movie (in many cases, a number of movies re-made in different decades)?
Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations or A Christmas Carol
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

Then there are some genre classics:
Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca
Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon or The Thin Man
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Arthur C Clarke’s 2001: a Space Odyssey
Joseph Heller’s Catch-22

And finally, newer movies based on contemporary fiction:
Possession by A S Byatt, movie 2002
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, movie 2012
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard, movie 2014
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach, movie 2011
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, movie 2013

Or even based on works of non-fiction:
The King’s Speech by Mark Logue, movie 2011
The Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel, movie 2014
What you see on the screen will almost never be exactly what you read on the page. If you’re like me, however, you are sure to find enjoyment in both. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit all year in anticipation of the final cinematic installment later this year.


Some of the books-to-movies available at your local library
Of course, the titles mentioned above only scratch the surface of what is available. Check out the display at the Warrenton library for inspiration. You will find many more to choose from in the library’s catalog. So, stick with your favorite format or enjoy them both!

Happy reading and/or viewing.
Maryellen @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 8/31/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
2. Adultery, by Paulo Coelho
3. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
5. Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown
6. We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas
7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
8. The Heist, by Daniel Silva
9. The 6th Extinction, by James Rollins
10. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber
11. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness
12. Windigo Island, by William Kent Krueger
13. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
14. The Lost Island, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
15. Tom Clancy: Support and Defend, by Mark Greaney

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. The Organized Mind, by Daniel J. Levitin
3. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
4. In the Kingdom of Ice, by Hampton Sides
5. The Way Forward, by Paul Ryan
6. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
7. Excellent Sheep, by William Deresiewicz
8. The First Family Detail, by Ronald Kessler
9. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
10. A Spy Among Friends, by Ben Macintyre
11. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
12. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
13. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
14. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
15. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

Washington Post 8/31/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown
2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
3. Adultery, by Paulo Coelho
4. Tom Clancy: Support and Defend, by Mark Greaney
5. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber
8. The Heist, by Daniel Silva
9. The 6th Extinction, by James Rollins
10. A Perfect Life, by Danielle Steel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
2. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
3. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
4. In the Kingdom of Ice, by Hampton Sides
5. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry
6. Decoding the New Consumer Mind, by Kit Yarrow
7. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
8. When Britain Burned the White House, by Peter Snow
9. My Drunk Kitchen, by Hannah Hart
10. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Book Discussions at your Library

The following books are under discussion at Fauquier County Public Libraries during the month of September. New Members are always welcome! Check out our adult services page for more information on adult book clubs. 


Mon., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Wish You Well  by David Baldacci. (Bealeton Evening Book Club)

Tues., Sept. 16, 7 p.m. The Real Thing by Henry James. (Warrenton Great Books) [Please note special date for Sept. meeting.]

Thurs., Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m. Wish You Well by David Baldacci. (Bealeton Afternoon Book Club)

Thurs., Sept. 18, Noon, Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman. (Warrenton Mystery Book Club)


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stay Up With a Good Book at the National Book Festival - or Your Local Library

Saturday, August 30th marks the 14th year of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The theme for this free public festival is “Stay up with a Good Book."  Past years the festival has been held over two days on the National Mall, but this year’s event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on one day from 10 am to 10 pm. Several evening events are planned, with a poetry slam, a “Great Books to Great Movies” session and for those graphic novel fans a “super-session." President and Mrs. Obama are the Honorary Chairs for this year’s festival.

Dread the traffic and parking hassles of getting into DC? Stop by any Fauquier County Public Library. We've got you covered with a wide selection of books by authors participating in the festival! 

Check out our book display at the Warrenton Library featuring authors participating in the National Book Festival. Here is just a sampling of what will be on display:



 by Ishmael Beah





by Kai Bird





by Doris Kearns Goodwin



by Carla Hall.





by Claire Messud





by Lisa See




From culinary arts to biographies, poetry and graphic novels, we have what you are looking for. We also have access to online resources including:
Jody @ Warrenton Library

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