Friday, December 30, 2011

Resolutions: To Keep or Not to Keep? (That is the question)

Every year many of us deign to make New Years' Resolutions---but keeping them is an entirely different matter.  However, if you need some tools to help you stick to those resolutions, the library can help.

We have books for weight loss, health conscious cookbooks, and exercise DVD's to help you burn off those holiday party goodies. You might check out the Health Resources page on the library's website. Created in partnership with Fauquier Health, the Health Resources page offers links to credible sources for health related issues and lists of materials available for check out at the library.

Is your goal this year to get your affairs in order?  Check out Gale Legal Forms.  This handy online resource provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas--and you can use it from your home or office computer. (Reminder: you will need a valid Fauquier County Library Card to access this database).  Or if you prefer books to online resources, the library has a wide selection of books that can help you plan your estate.

Not into DIY legal forms...so you need to find a lawyer instead?  The library offers the Martindale-Hubbel Legal Directory.  You can search for lawyers in your hometown, see where they went to law school, what types of law they practice, and read reviews.  

Maybe your resolution this year is simpler than planning your future or getting healthy. Maybe you just want to read more books, but don't know where to start.  The library's book clubs offer interesting reading and a pleasant environment to discuss the titles.  Simpler still, you could peruse the numerous bibliographies compiled by our well read librarians for some suggestions for reading.  Or subscribe to this blog for bestsellers and other popular reading supplied by library staff.

Whatever your resolution, the library is sure to have something to be of assistance.  And remember if you have difficulty finding it on your own, our librarians are always happy to help you whatever you are looking for.  Contact us via email, telephone, or stop in and say hello.

Happy New Year!

Dawn S. @ Warrenton

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 12/25/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
2. Locked On by Tom Clancy
3. The Litigators by John Grisham
4. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
5. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
6. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
7. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
8. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
9. The Drop by Michael Connelly
10. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
11. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
12. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
13. Micro by Michael Crichton
14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
15. Zero Day by David Baldacci

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
5. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck
6. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
8. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
9. Then Again by Diane Keaton
10. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
11. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
12. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
13. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
14. Bossypants by Tina Fey
15. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
 
Washington Post 12/25/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Locked On by Tom Clancy
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
3. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
4. The Litigators by John Grisham
5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
7. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
8. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
9. Micro by Michael Crichton
10. Zero Day by David Baldacci

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
4. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
6. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
7. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
9. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
10. Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Best of Fiction--2011

As another year draws to a close, newspapers, magazines and literary critics create their lists of the best fiction of the year.  I always find good reading for the coming winter months in these lists and maybe you will too.  

Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Good Squad garnered both the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the Pulitizer Prize for fiction, and was on the honor list of the PEN/Faulkner Award.  Of course it made several other 'best of" lists as well, including the New York Times and Time magazine lists and the American Library Associations Notable Books list.

The library catalog's description of the book is indeed intriguing.

     Egan's spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled  young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

I haven't read this one yet, but it will definitely be on my "to read" list.

A runner up for the National Book Award, The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht was ranked #1 by the Fiction Award Winners website because of the number of  honors, "best of" and notable lists it made. 

I have to admit, I've had this title frozen in my holds queue for awhile to give me time to finish other books before I delve into it.  I'm a huge fan of Alice Hoffman, and the description of this story sounds like something Hoffman might have written.

     Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

A handy place to view all of these various "best of" and award winner lists is the Fiction Award Winners website.  It lists award winners and provides a ranking based on how many honors a book has received.  A few more of the titles that ranked high on this list include:

     The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
     1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
     The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
     The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

And here's a list of a few award winners and honored books for the year 2011.
National Book Award Winner winner and finalists
     Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
     The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
     The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Man Booker Prize finalists
     The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
     Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
     The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

New York Times Best Fiction Books of the Year
     Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
     11/26/63: A Novel by Stephen King
     Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

These books and more are available at the library---in fact the library is just brimmng with wonderful fiction---and what's better on a cold winter night than to curl up with a good book and hot cup of tea?

Happy Reading!
Dawn @ Warrenton

Monday, December 19, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 12/18/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
2. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
3. The Litigators by John Grisham
4. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
7. The Drop by Michael Connelly
8. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
9. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
10. Micro by Michael Crichton
11. Zero Day by David Baldacci
12. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
13. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
15. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck
5. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
6. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
7. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
8. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
9. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
10. Then Again by Diane Keaton
11. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
12. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
13. Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords
14. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
15. Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
 
Washington Post 12/18/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
2. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
4. The Litigators by John Grisham
5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
7. The Drop by Michael Connelly
8. Zero Day by David Baldacci
9. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
10. Micro by Michael Crichton

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
5. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
6. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
7. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
8. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck
9. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
10. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Strikingly True

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Best & Worst Cell Phones & Plans

Wondering what kind of smart phone to buy?  Which carrier has the best cell phone service?  Check out the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine for the latest ratings on both.  The January issue also rates these items:


  • Fish-oil pills
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashers
  • Tablets
  • Midsized luxury sedans
There is also an article on the amounts of arsenic and lead found in popular apple and grape juice brands.

For those of you not familiar with Consumer Reports, it is a monthly magazine that publishes reviews and ratings for consumer products and services --  everything from automobiles to acne treatments to yogurt.  Every issue contains a one-year index, so the latest reviews are always easy to find.

Every year Consumer Reports publishes a Buying Guide that contains ratings for currently-popular items.  The 2012 Buying Guide has reviews for blue-ray DVD players, laptop computers, flooring, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, and much more.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue.  The Find It Virginia online 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 Library card number.

Top Ten @ FCPL - November

Janet Evanovich
What have your fellow readers been looking for at their local library? The results for November are in...

  1. Janet Evanovich
  2. James Patterson
  3. Laurie R. King
  4. Nora Roberts
  5. Jeff Smith
  6. Lee Child
  7. Anita Shreve
  8. Bill Bryson
  9. Nicholas Sparks
  10. John Grisham

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Best Seller Lists

    New York Times 12/12/11

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. The Drop by Michael Connelly
    2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    3. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
    4. The Litigators by John Grisham
    5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
    6. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    7. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
    8. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
    9. Micro by Michael Crichton
    10. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    11. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
    13. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    14. Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler
    15. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    3. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
    4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    5. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    6. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
    7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    8. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    9. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    10. Then Again by Diane Keaton
    11. Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer
    12. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
    13. How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin
    14. Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer
    15. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK


    Washington Post 12/11/11

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. The Drop by Michael Connelly
    2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    3. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
    4. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
    5. The Litigators by John Grisham
    6. Micro by Michael Crichton
    7. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
    8. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    9. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
    10. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
    3. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    4. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
    5. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
    6. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    8. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    9. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
    10. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

    Friday, December 9, 2011

    What is Philanthropy?

    I used to think all philanthropists had to be very wealthy, but that isn’t the case at all. The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines philanthropy as: 1. “goodwill to fellow men, especially active effort to promote human welfare, 2. “a philanthropic act or gift.”

    While it is true that generous endowments from the wealthy allow people to accomplish amazing things, it is also true that anyone with a feeling of goodwill toward others can act in a way that promotes human welfare. In fact according to Wendy Smith, author of Give a Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World contributions from American households comprise 75% of all giving to nonprofits every year, far outweighing the amount provided by foundations, corporations, celebrities, and even billionaires.

    But it is hard to know how to begin. How can you make sure your financial donation will be put to good use and what are some other good ways to help out? Check out these books for ideas on how to make truly helpful monetary donations and how to act philanthropically in a great many smaller ways.

    The Accidental Fundraiser by Julie M. Still

    Do Your Giving While You Are Living by Edie Fraser





    Jeanne @ Warrenton



    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Best Seller Lists


    New York Times 12/4/2011

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
    2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    3. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
    4. The Litigators by John Grisham
    5. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
    6. Micro by Michael Crichton
    7. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    8. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    9. Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler
    10. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    11. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
    12. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    13. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
    15. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    3. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
    4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    5. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    6. Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer
    7. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    8. Then Again by Diane Keaton
    9. How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin
    10. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
    11. Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer
    12. Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly
    13. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    14. The New New Rules by Bill Maher
    15. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
     
    Washington Post 12/4/2011
     
    Hardcover Fiction
    1. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
    2. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
    3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    4. The Litigators by John Grisham
    5. Micro by Michael Crichton
    6. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
    7. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    8. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    9. Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler
    10. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Then Again by Diane Keaton
    3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
    4. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
    5. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
    6. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    7. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
    8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    9. Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer
    10. Back to Work by Bill Clinton

    Friday, December 2, 2011

    Giving Books

    One of my favorite parts of the holidays is finding just the right gift for each of my friends and family members.  And quite often I find that the perfect gift is a book that reflects someone's interests or a new topic they want to explore. 

    This year I purchased a used, first edition of Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia for a Tolkien devotee, (a recent addition to our family circle), and  Bird by Bird for the 20 something fan of Anne Lamott (a longer term member of the family circle).  I also picked up Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton for one of the sports crazed individuals in my family (and they are many).  For two of the adolescent boys in my life, I selected copies of the 2012 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.  I think they are all going to be thrilled with their new reading material.  

    To aid shoppers with suggestions for book purchases, library staff has created three helpful handouts for holiday shoppers.  If you are looking for books to give as gifts for children, teens, or adults, we have the list for you. Just pick one up at a reference desk on your next visit to the library.

    Of course, if you also tend to do your charitable giving at this time of year, the library is running its "Books...gifts you can open again and again" campaign.  This allows library lovers to choose a title to purchase for the library before the end of the tax year.

    Additionally, if you do your holiday shopping at Amazon, just one click through the library's Wowbrary page allows you to get your shopping done and make a contribution to the library at no cost to you.  Amazon makes a donation to the library with every purchase made through the Wowbrary link.

    Whether you choose books for yourself, your family, or for the library have a joyous holiday. Season's Readings

    Dawn S. @ Warrenton

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Book Club discussions for December

    Our book groups will be reading and discussing the following selections in the month of December.  Please check the library's website for details about meeting dates and times. 

    The Mystery Book Club and the Marshall Day and Evening Clubs will be having holiday parties this month.  New members are welcome to attend.

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    Best Seller Lists


    New York Times 11/27/11

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
    2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    3. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
    4. The Litigators by John Grisham
    5. Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler
    6. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    7. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    8. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
    9. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    11. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
    12. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
    13. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    14. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
    15. Hotel Vendôme by Danielle Steel

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    3. Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer
    4. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    5. How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin
    6. Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly
    7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    8. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    9. Then Again by Diane Keaton
    10. No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice
    11. The New New Rules by Bill Maher
    12. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    13. Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer
    14. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    15. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

    Washington Post 11/27/11
     
    Hardcover Fiction
    1. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
    2. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
    3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    4. The Litigators by John Grisham
    5. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    6. Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler
    7. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    8. KBL: Kill Bin Laden by John Weisman
    9. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
    3. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
    4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
    5. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    6. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    7. Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly
    8. The Cupcake Diaries by Katherine Kallinis et al.
    9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    10. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

    Friday, November 25, 2011

    The Gang's All Here!

    At a loss for what to do over the long holiday weekends while all the family is gathered at your house?  Some years after our meal, my family would divide up and play games of Scrabble, Rummy, or Parcheesi. Years later we all played Trivial Pursuit (the in-laws vs. the out-laws---yeah, that was fun!) or a rather silly game called Pass the Pigs.  

    The library has a great selection of books that can help ease those long afternoons, especially if the weather isn't suitable for your traditonal after dinner football game.

    If you need something to entertain an active group of children that cover a wide age range you might find something to help you in Cooperative Games and Sports : Joyful Activities for Everyone.  Included you'll find games for ages 3 through 7, 8 through 12, ways to remake adult games and games from other cultures. 

    If your crew is crafty you might consider Big Fun Christmas Crafts and  Activities. This fun volume includes instructions for making snowman wrapping paper and jingle-bell wind chimes.

    For a little quiet time, consider The Family Read Aloud Holiday Treasury.  This compilation includes Christmas poems and stories by Jack Prelutsky, Langston Hughes, A.A. Milne, Judith Viorst, Russell Hoban, and Beverly Cleary---there's something sure to please everyone in the family.

    Then of course, there are always board and card games.  For complete instructions, check out this handy guide--The New Complete Hoyle, revised : The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance. (Not sure if Pass the Pigs is in this or not...I'll have to double check that.)

    Have a wonderful holiday season.

    Dawn @ Warrenton

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Best Seller Lists

    New York Times 11/20/2011

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    2. The Litigators by John Grisham
    3. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    4. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    5. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    6. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    7. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
    8. Hotel Vendôme by Danielle Steel
    9. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
    10. The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
    11. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
    12. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    13. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
    14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
    15. The Affair by Lee Child

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    3. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    4. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    5. No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice
    6. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    7. Seal Target Geronimo by Chuck Pfarrer
    8. Blue Nights by Joan Didion
    9. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
    10. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    11. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
    12. The Time of our Lives by Tom Brokaw
    13. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    14. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
    15. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

    Washington Post 11/20/2011
     
    Hardcover Fiction
    1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    2. The Litigators by John Grisham
    3. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    4. The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
    5. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    6. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    7. Hotel Vendôme by Danielle Steel
    8. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    9. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    10. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Back to Work by Bill Clinton
    3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
    4. The Cupcake Diaries by Katherine Kallinis
    5. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
    6. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
    7. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    8. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
    9. Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings
    10. No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Being Your Own Boss

    First there was Black Friday--then Cyber Monday---and now there's Small Business Saturday.  Small businesses all across the nation, along with the National Small Business Association are encouraging people to shop at their favorite local stores to help fuel the economy on Saturday, November 26.

    This is well timed with a recent donation by the Marshall Business and Residents' Association (MBRA) that has allowed the library to begin a collection of books for the Marshall Branch Library focusing on small business growth and entrepreneurship .  Throughout the year more of these specialized titles will be added to the collection thanks to this generous donation. 

    So if you've ever dreamed of owning a small business, being your own boss, or setting out on the road of entrepreneurship, take a look at a few of the titles currently added.   

    Digital Mom Handbook: How to Blog, Vlog, Tweet and Facebook Your Way to a Dream Career at Home

    Mom, Incorporated: A Guide to Business + Baby

    Effortless Yes:  Demystifying the Selling Process and Discover Your Selling Archetype, Your Natural Asking Style, Your Bankability

    How to Sell Your Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Sales on Etsy and Beyond

    Small Message, Big Impact: How to Put the Power of the Elevator Speech to Work for You

    Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

    The library has a large collection of books for small business and home based business owners and entrepreneurs at all of its locations.  If you don't find it at your branch library, place a hold on it and we'll deliver it to your local branch for pick up. 

    Collection Development Department
    Fauquier County Public Library

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Companionable Reading, volume 2

    Last week we reviewed a number of companion books of prolific authors.  To continue this week in the same vein, we'll suggest companion books to the works of authors now deceased.

    A comprehensive, A-to-Z reference on the works of the award-winning mystery writer, Dick FrancisThe Dick Francis Companion by Jean Swanson and Dean James provides quotes, little-known facts, and book-by-book sysnopses along with information on the memorable characters of Francis's novels and facts about the author, his early career as a jockey, horseracing, and more.

    The New Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie edited by Dick Riley and Pam McAllister.  Published on the 25th anniversary of Agatha Christie's death, this work is a grand salute to the queen of mysteries with contributions by sixty writers--all celebrating the Christie touch. It is filled with wonderful and surprising things about her books, her characters, the movies and plays based on them, and Dame Agatha herself.

    Tolkien: the Illustrated Encyclopedia by David Day was the first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien's vast cosmology. More than five hundred alphabetical entries cover five major subject areas: history, geography, sociology, natural history and biography. The maps, genealogies and time-charts, together with the illustrations of characters, places and events, reveal to the reader the full dramatic sweep and splendor of Tolkien's world.

    Companion books are wonderful if you need to refresh your memory about the work of a certain author or if you would like a list of characters from a long-running series. Many are also just plain entertaining.

    Leslie and Maryellen @ Warrenton

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Best Seller Lists

    New York Times 11/13/2011

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    2. The Litigators by John Grisham
    3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    4. Hotel Vendôme by Danielle Steel
    5. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
    6. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    7. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    8. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
    9. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
    10. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    11. The Affair by Lee Child
    12. The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
    13. Shock Wave by John Sandford
    14. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    15. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    3. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    4. Blue Nights by Joan Didion
    5. No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice
    6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
    7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    8. The Time of our Lives by Tom Brokaw
    9. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    10. No Regrets by Ace Frehley
    11. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    12. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
    13. Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian by Kris Jenner
    14. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
    15. Civilization by Niall Ferguson

    Washington Post 11/13/2011

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. Zero Day by David Baldacci
    2. The Litigators by John Grisham
    3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    4. Hotel Vendôme by Danielle Steel
    5. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    6. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
    7. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    8. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    9. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
    10. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
    3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    4. The Time of our Lives by Tom Brokaw
    5. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
    6. No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice
    7. Blue Nights by Joan Didion
    8. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
    9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
    10. The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook by Pat & Gina Neely

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Companionable Reading, volume 1

    Do you have a favorite author who has been writing a series for years (or even decades)? Are some of the minor characters and settings starting to seem a bit jumbled in your memory? Are the plot lines and relationships in the stories becoming more complicated as the series progresses?

    If so, you might like to look at a reader’s companion. A companion is a volume that contains information about an author’s books and short stories. Companions may contain synopses, character lists or genealogies, maps, essays and sometimes even recipes.

    Many contemporary authors, such as those listed below, provide reader’s companions for their own work.

    The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon: for the Outlander series, contains synopses, character lists, related websites, research bibliography and much more.

    The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris the guide for her Southern Vampire Mystery series, contains a new novella, a map, a fan essay, an extensive glossary, recipes and more.

    For Frank Herbert's Dune Series, Herbert along with Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have  created a volume that contains alternate and deleted chapters and short stories in The Road to Dune.

    The Mitford Bedside Companion by Jan Karon contains excerpts, essays, photos, trivia and more to accompany her Mitford Years series.

    The Official Nora Roberts Companion by Nora Roberts (aka J D Robb) covers all series, contains essays, photos, synopses and more.

    The Stephen King Companion by George Beahm is packed with interviews, essays, inside information, rare photographs, and tantalizing trivia.


    Companion books are wonderful if you need to refresh your memory about the work of a certain author or if you would like a list of characters from a long-running series. Many are also just plain entertaining.

    Stay tuned for next week to read about Companion Books for deceased authors or written by someone other than the authors themselves.


    Leslie and Maryellen @Warrenton

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Best Seller Lists

    New York Times 11/6/2011

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. The Litigators by John Grisham
    2. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    4. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
    5. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    6. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    7. The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
    8. The Affair by Lee Child
    9. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
    10. Shock Wave by John Sandford
    11. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    12. Bonnie by Iris Johansen
    13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
    14. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    15. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
    3. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    4. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    5. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    6. Three and Out by John U. Bacon
    7. The End of Normal by Stephanie Madoff Mack
    8. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
    9. This is Herman Cain! by Herman Cain
    10. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
    11. Suicide of a Superpower by Patrick J. Buchanan
    12. West by West by Jerry West
    13. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
    14. Van Gogh by Steven Naifeh
    15. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

    Washington Post 11/6/2011

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. The Litigators by John Grisham
    2. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    4. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
    5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    6. The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck
    7. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    8. The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
    9. The Affair by Lee Child
    10. Shock Wave by John Sandford

    Hardcover Nonfiction
    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
    3. Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
    4. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    5. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
    6. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
    7. Giving 2.0 by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
    8. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
    9. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
    10. Great by Choice by Jim Collins & Morton T. Hansen