Friday, July 29, 2011

Adventure! Survival!

Do you need a little adventure in your life, but not quite ready to scale Kilimanjaro or uncover a spy ring yourself?   Well, here are stories of true adventure and survival---from World War II, to the CIA, to deserted islands, to tornadoes and more.

North by Northwestern
Unbroken
Into Thin Air
F5
Miracles on the Water
Near Death in the Arctic
Not Without Hope

Maybe you do want  to test your survival skills and endurance, but you need a bit of help getting prepared.  If so, check out these survival guides.

Man vs. Wild
How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It
The Survivors Club
The Survival Handbook
The Book of Survival

But if what you really want is the thrill of adventure that excites your imagination, try an adventure novel.

Dirk Pitt Adventure series
In the Heart of the Canyon
Sigma Force series
Together: A Novel of Shared Vision
Snowbound

For more adventurous reads, check out the display in Warrenton going up August 1!
Mary Sue @ Warrenton

Monday, July 25, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/24/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
2. Now You See Her by James Patterson
3. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
4. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
5. Quinn by Iris Johansen
6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
7. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
8. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
9. One Summer by David Baldacci
10. Iron House by John Hart
11. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
12. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
14. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
15. The Devil Colony by James Rollins

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
5. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
6. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
7. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
8. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
9. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
10. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
11. Demonic by Ann Coulter
12. Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
13. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
14. Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich
15. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler

Washington Post 7/24/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
2. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
3. Now You See Her by James Patterson
4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
5. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
6. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
7. One Summer by David Baldacci
8. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
9. Quinn by Iris Johansen
10. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
6. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
7. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno
10. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham

Friday, July 22, 2011

Award Winners

According to Seymour Topping, professor emeritus at Columbia University and former Administrator of Pulitzer Prizes, "Joseph Pulitzer stood out as the very embodiment of American journalism" in the late nineteeth century.  Topping describes Pulitzer as "a visionary, who richly endowed his profession."  He was the first to call for the training of journalists at the university level and of course, the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes in his will, is a testament to his vision.  (pulitzer.org)

This spring, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Check out these other Pulitzer winners announced this spring and available at the library.

Nonfiction:  The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Biography:  Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

History:  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

Founded in 1974, the mission of The National Book Critics Circle is to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.  (bookcritics.org)  In addition to Egan's recent work, other 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners available for check out are:
Nonfiction:  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Biography:  How to Live or A Life of Montaigne One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer  by Sarah  Bakewell

Autobiography:  Half a Life by Darin Strauss

Sheree @ Warrenton

Monday, July 18, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/17/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Now You See Her by James Patterson
2. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
3. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
4. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
5. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
6. One Summer by David Baldacci
7. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
9. Betrayal of Trust by J. A. Jance
10. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
11. Escape by Barbara Delinsky
12. The Devil Colony by James Rollins
13. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
14. Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
15. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
3. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
5. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
6. The Miracle of Freedom by Chris and Ted Stewart
7. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
8. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
9. Demonic by Ann Coulter
10. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker
11. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
12. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
13. Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen
14. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller
15. On China by Henry Kissinger

Washington Post 7/17/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Now You See Her by James Patterson
2. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
3. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
4. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy with Peter Telep
5. One Summer by David Baldacci
6. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
7. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
9. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
10. Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
6. Bossypants by Tina Fey
7. The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno
8. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
9. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
10. Man Down by Dan Abrams
 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/10/2011
Hardcover Fiction
1. Now You See Her by James Patterson
2. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
3. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
4. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
5. One Summer by David Baldacci
6. The Devil Colony by James Rollins
7. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
8. Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
9. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
10. Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
12. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
13. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
14. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
15. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
4. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
5. The Miracle of Freedom by Chris and Ted Stewart
6. Demonic by Ann Coulter
7. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
8. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
9. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
10. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow with
11. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
12. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller
13. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
14. Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen
15. The Social Animal by David Brooks

Washington Post 7/10/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Now You See Her by James Patterson
2. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
3. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
5. One Summer by David Baldacci
6. The Devil Colony by James Rollins
7. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
8. Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
9. Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter
10. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Demonic by Ann Coulter
8. The Aging Myth by Joseph Chang
9. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
10. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy is recognized as a master of  techno and military thrillers.  If you're looking for more intrique and espionage in Clancy's vein, consider trying one of the authors below.
Lee Child
Len Deighton
Ken Follett
John Gardner
W.E.B. Griffin
Jack Higgins
John Le Carre
Robert Ludlum
Eric Van Lustbader
David Morrell
David Poyer
Lawrence Sanders
Martin Cruz Smith
Irving Wallace
Robin White

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/3/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
2. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
3. The Devil Colony by James Rollins
4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
5. One Summer by David Baldacci
6. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
7. Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
8. Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
9. Fallen by Karin Slaughter
10. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
11. The Kingdom by Clive Cussler
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
13. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
14. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
15. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
3. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
4. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
6. Demonic by Ann Coulter
7. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
8. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
9. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
10. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller
11. The Miracle of Freedom by Chris and Ted Stewart
12. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
13. On China by Henry Kissinger
14. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
15. Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen

Washington Post 7/3/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
2. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
3. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
4. The Gray Zone by Daphna Edwards Ziman
5. One Summer by David Baldacci
6. The Devil Colony by James Rollins
7. Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
8. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
9. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
10. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
2. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
6. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
7. Demonic by Ann Coulter
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
10. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Year of Favorite Reads

The Marshall Afternoon Book Club has been meeting at the John Marshall Branch Library for the past 8 years. The book selections are eclectic and include best sellers, classics, and nonfiction. Often, monthly titles are accompanied by field trips and movies which highlight our discussions.

The most recent book club field trip was to the National Gallery of Art to see the special exhibit, “Gauguin: Maker of Myth.” In April, the group read The Moon and Sixpence, a short novel by W. Somerset Maugham which is based on the life of the painter Gauguin. The exhibit was a perfect complement to our earlier discussion.

When club members were asked to vote on their favorite books of the last year, the top choice was Out Stealing Horses, by Per Pettersen. Originally published in Norway, this is the story of Trond, a 67-year-old recluse who is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident from his youth. After meeting with his only neighbor, Trond is forced to confront the tragic incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for him and his childhood friend.

A wonderful bestseller was the club’s second choice. The Help by Kathryn Stockett has been a favorite of many book clubs around the country and it will be released as a movie this summer. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, this is the story of the complicated relationships between white families and their domestic “help.” In the midst of the Civil Rights movement, three women start a risky movement of their own. Their determination changes a town and the way that both black and white women view one another.

Another popular pick was a timely nonfiction selection. The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan was the book that provoked the most enlightening conversation of the year. This is the true story of a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab and one Jewish, who are brought together by a house and a lemon tree. In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arab men ventured into Israel on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes. Their families had been driven out by the Israelis nearly 20 years earlier. Two of these men were turned away, but the third was met at the door by a young Israeli woman who invites them in. So begins a decades long relationship that changes the hearts and minds of those involved. This moving story symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East, and it had a great impact on all of our readers.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer is another popular book club selection. It is a story that is told, remarkably, through letters. The setting is the British island of Guernsey which faced German occupation during all of World War II. The intriguing name of this society was born as a spontaneous alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans who occupied their island. Through letters between an aspiring author and a native of Guernsey, this story is born. All of our readers agreed that this was a unique look at a historical time and place that had not been well known.

The final favorite was actually the first selection of the year, the January title. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is the perfect book to sink into on a cold winter night. With elements of a fairy tale and a mystery, this book cast its spell on everyone in the group. Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, a young girl is found and raised by a dock master and his wife, who do not tell her until she is an adult that she is not their child. This leads that young girl, Nell, to return to England to seek out her story. Unable to unlock the mystery before her death, she hands down her quest for answers to her granddaughter. This is a beautifully written novel that moves through time to show the strong bond that links a grandmother, mother and daughter. It left everyone wanting to read other titles by this new Australian author.

The Marshall Afternoon Book Club meets in the John Marshall Branch Library on the second Wednesday of the month, from 1 – 3 p.m. New members are always welcome. Check the Library website for a listing of the 2011 selections.

Marshall Library Afternoon Book Club