Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Summer reads remembered

Library staff has been busy sending in reading recommendations from those lazy hazy days of summer. Take a look at these two great reads.

Sheree @ Warrenton: I read a great book this summer, Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It is a book written more thatn 50 yars ago that is timeless and speaks to every woman, in all stages of their lives. The library also has it available on CD and large print.

Vicky @ Warrenton: This summer I started reading the Supper Club mystery series by J. B. Stanley. James Henry, a former professor of English Literature at William & Mary, reluctantly moves back to his hometown of Quincy's Gap, VA in the Shenandoah Valley to care for his widowed father.

Newly divorced, the overweight and shy James takes a job as the head librarian for the local library. He also joins a supper club for dieters who call themselves the "Flab Five." The books are well written, the plot lines are interesting, and there is a twist or two along th eway to give each book an unexpected ending.

The series starts with Carbs and Cadavers and the sixth book in the series, Black Beans and Vice, will be published in November 2010.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Librarian is a Camel

As you can imagine, library staffers are always avid readers, so it's no surprise that we've had lots of submissions for the blog based on staff picks. We hope you get to enjoy some of the titles being recommended.

Shannon @ Bealeton -I read The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone. It is a biographical novel on the life of the Italian artist Michelangelo. Stone presents the personal story behind Michelangelo’s work as well as the fascinating history taking place in Italy at that time. But what is most intriguing is the passion, creativity and emotion Stone fabricates throughout the story and spawns in his readers.

Kathryn @ Warrenton - In honor of National Library Card Sign Up Month (September) I read The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton and a similar title from the children's collection--My Librarian is a Camel by Margaret Ruurs. Both were very interesting and verified for me how lucky we all are to have our own library in a brick and mortar building here six days and 24/7 online!!

Although I read many good books this summer, I particularly enjoyed The Lost City of Z by David Grann. His book is all about the trek into the Amazon jungle….one I’ll never be likely to make…especially after reading the book! And also read Alive in Africa by William Wheeler, as a comparative travel of the two continents. Again, neither trip will I be likely to make other than by armchair. No mosquitoes that way!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Book Notes Returns

With the onset of homework, football games, and the passing of the Labor Day Holiday so ends the summer. As we welcome fall (and hopefully cooler temperatures), we'll share what some of the library staff have been reading this summer.

Alison @ Warrenton - One of the books I read over the summer was The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine (the pseudonym for mystery writer Ruth Rendell). Akin to the type of article you’d find in Vanity Fair Magazine, this fast-paced, suspenseful novel covers the rise and fall of a fairly selfish/self-centered British politician, the murder of his mistress and the mystery behind her death. The voices and personalities behind the two very different narrators, particularly the creepy, self-pitying Jane Atherton, make this a page-turner.

Beth @ Bealeton - One book I read this summer was Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories just to get a jump on Halloween, I guess! I enjoy short stories of all types because they’re easy to fit into my hectic schedule and because I think a special skill is required to construct a good one. This book contains 14 stories selected by Dahl, none written by him, although his nine-page introduction to the volume is quite entertaining. According to him, “Good ghost stories, like good children’s books, are damnably difficult to write.” He should know—he read 749 stories before finding the relative handful that met his standards.
Anonymous @ Warrenton - Over the summer I read Shaghai Moon by S.J. Rozan. This is the ninth in the author's Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery series but it can just as easily be read as a stand-alone by someone not familiar with the series. Enough of the characters' backstory is given that you don't feel left in the dark. Rozan is a very good writer and does lots of research. The story takes place in Shanghai's Jewish ghetto and includes scenarios that occur when different cultures meet, both then and now. The story and characters are well developed making this a very satisfying reading experience.
Gloria @ Marshall - Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, is the delightful love story of two mature people from very different cultures. The ending made me want to stand up and cheer! I couldn't agree with her more. The relationship that develops between the Major and Mrs. Ali is a lovely thing to follow in this beautifully written novel.

Check back next week for another installation of recommended reads from library staff.

Dawn @ Warrenton