Monday, February 2, 2015

Book Notes Has Moved


Looking for Book Notes?

Effective February 2, 2015, Book Notes has moved. It can now be found at fauquierlibrary.org, along with a ton of other great information – book reviews, staff recommendations, program highlights and other library tools.
 
Check it out, and, as always, happy reading!
 
Fauquier County Public Library

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Book Discussions at the Fauquier County Public Library

bookstackThe Fauquier County Public Library will hold the following book discussions during the month of February. New members are always welcome! Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs.

Bealeton Book Clubs
Monday, February 9,  7:30 p.m.
Thursday,  February 12,  2:30 p.m. The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman

Warrenton Great Books
Monday, February 2, 7 p.m. The Diver by V. S. Pritchett (available at the Warrenton reference desk)

Marshall Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, February 11, 1 p.m. The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird

Marshall Evening Book Club
Monday, February 23, 7 p.m. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Warrenton Mystery Book Club Thursday, February 19, noon Defending Jacob by William Landay


Inclement Weather Reminder: During inclement weather, the library closes when county offices close. Weekday closures are announced on network television stations, many radio stations, and on the county website. On weekends and evenings, call (540) 422-8500 to confirm the library’s planned hours of operation. Up to the minute closings can also be found on our Facebook page.

Jody @ Warrenton reference

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Comic Books for Grownups

Starting January 27, comics for adult readers are on display at the Warrenton central library. We have something for every reader, from graphic novels to classic comic strips.

If you’re interested in comics but not sure where to start, here are 5 recommendations for adult readers.

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes


Daniel Clowes is best known for his wonderfully dark coming-of-age graphic novel, Ghost World. Here I’m going to highlight one of his lesser-known works, “Ice Haven.”

Through deceptively simple comic strips, Clowes weaves a profound tale of love and murder. The storytelling is quirky but accessible and will appear to fans of literary fiction and black comedy.

Graphic memoirs by Lucy Knisley



Knisley’s four slice-of-life memoirs (including the forthcoming Displacement) follow the author’s experiences with travel, food, and relationships.

My favorite is probably An Age of License, a narrative about finding independence as a maturing adult, set during Knisley’s travels in Europe. There’s a lot of humor here, as well as illuminating small details of food, travel, and love.

The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemercier


I’m a huge fan of European comics, with their large format art and varied subject matter. It’s no surprise that this flourishing comics scene produced “The Photographer.”

This work of nonfiction follows a photojournalist who traveled in war-torn Afghanistan in the 1980s. The book incorporates Didier Lefèvre’s stunning black-and-white photographs. It’s a dark but moving portrait of a tragic moment in history.

Understanding Comics – Scott McCloud



If you’re interested in learning more about how comics creators produce their works, “Understanding Comics” is a must read.

This smart book gets into the nuts and bolts of how comics creators use art, panels, and words to tell stories. If you enjoy this volume, McCloud’s follow-up Making Comics is equally brilliant.

Six Novels in Woodcut by Lynd Ward



These two masterful volumes from an early graphic novelist push the boundaries of comics as a medium.

Beautiful woodcuts without words tell six dramatic stories about art and the American spirit. Lynd movingly tackles the political and spiritual questions of the twentieth century. These volumes also include Ward’s essays on his artform and an introduction by master comics creator Art Spiegelman.

Becky, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/18/2015

Hardcover Fiction
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
3. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
4. Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods
5. The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
6. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
7. Hope to Die by James Patterson
8. The Escape by David Baldacci
9. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
10. Revival by Stephen King
11. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
12. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
13. Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
14. The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg
15. Redeployment by Phil Klay

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
2. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
4. What If? by Randall Munroe
5. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
6. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
7. America’s Bitter Pill by Steven Brill
8. Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar
9. It Was Me all Along by Andie Mitchell
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
11. Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
12. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
13. Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini
14. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
15. The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

Washington Post 1/18/2015

Hardcover Fiction
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
3. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
4. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
5. The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg
6. Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods
7. Hope to Die by James Patterson
8. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
9. The Escape by David Baldacci
10. The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
3. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
5. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
6. America’s Bitter Pill by Steven Brill
7. What If? by Randall Munroe
8. Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
9. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
10. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

If You Like Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken

Laura Hillenbrand's book Unbroken has been popular for its gripping story of wartime survival. It tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner who survived a plane crash in the Pacific during World War II. After over a month at sea, Zamperini was captured by the Japanese and spent over 2 years as a prisoner of war.

If you enjoyed Unbroken or its recent film adaptation, here are four books of wartime survival against the odds that you might also enjoy.

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

In this classic memoir, Lomax recounts his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II.

As a prisoner of the Japanese, Lomax undergoes privation and torture while being forced to help build the Burma Railway. After the war, he struggles with psychological trauma and embarks on a journey toward inner peace and reconciliation with the past.


We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman

This nonfiction work tells the overlooked story of Army and Navy nurses caught in the war-torn Philippines in the early days of the United States entering World War II.

Nursing historian Norman draws from interviews, diaries, and letters to recount their experiences, from setting up field hospitals in the midst of devastating battles to three brutal years as prisoners of war after their provinces fell to the Japanese.



Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Journalist and history writer Zuckoff offers up an engaging true survival narrative that blends drama with humor. In 1945, three American service members survive a plane crash in a remote valley in New Guinea.

Zuckoff recounts the search and rescue mission as well as the survivors' encounters with New Guinea tribesmen who, despite language barriers and cultural misunderstandings, turn out to be welcome friends.



Broken Jewel by David L. Robbins
This multilayered work of historical fiction recounts the real-life 1945 liberation of Los Baños internment camp in the Philippines.

Robbins tells the story through the eyes of three memorable characters, two civilian American prisoners of war and a Filipina woman forced into prostitution. Their emotionally gripping story of courage and grit brings an overlooked moment in history to life.

Becky @ Warrenton


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 1/11/2015

Hardcover Fiction
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
3. Hope to Die by James Patterson
4. The Escape by David Baldacci
5. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
6. Revival by Stephen King
7. The Assassination Option by W.E.B. Griffin
8. Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney
9. Rain on the Dead by Jack Higgins
10. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
11. No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor
12. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
13. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
14. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
15. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
2. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. What If? by Randall Munroe
4. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
5. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
7. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
8. Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar
9. Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini
10. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
11. Small Victories by Anne Lamott
12. Miracles by Eric Metaxas
13. The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
14. As You Wish by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
15. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Washington Post 1/11/2015

Hardcover Fiction
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
3. Hope to Die by James Patterson
4. The Escape by David Baldacci
5. The Assassination Option by W.E.B. Griffin
6. The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
7. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
8. Revival by Stephen King
9. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
10. Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
2. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
4. What If? by Randall Munroe
5. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
6. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
7. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
8. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
9. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
10. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 2015 Consumer Reports: A Winter Survival Guide, Gluten Free Taste Test


One of the biggest trends today in food is going gluten-free. But does eating gluten-free make you healthier? This month's Consumer Reports cover article lists six "realities behind the label," and has a list of some gluten-free (and rice-free) foods sampled by their professional tasters that passed their taste test.

Have you checked your credit report lately? A recent Consumer Reports survey found that only 53% of the 3,000 people surveyed had ever received their credit reports. This article explains what goes into your report, contains tips on how to dispute your credit report and 11 steps to rehab your credit score.

In case you haven't noticed, it's very cold outside right now! Check out this timely winter survival guide section, which includes ratings for snow blowers and humidifiers, the pros and cons of various ice melts and tips on how to select a snow shovel.

Most of us, at one time or another, have purchased generic or house-brand items along with name brands. Have you ever wondered how the generic brands compare to their name brand counterparts? Check out the chart comparing some often-purchased items such as tissues, laundry detergent, chicken broth and coffee.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for juicers
  • Ratings for luxury compact SUVs
  • Article on LED lightbulbs
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.

Reference Staff @ Warrenton

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