Friday, September 30, 2011

The Mysterious East

It may be time for mystery lovers to turn from the snowy landscapes and misanthropic characters of Scandinavian writers such as Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell to less icy climates and warmer personalities. Mysteries set in the Far East give readers the experience of cultures and characters very different from those depicted by the somber Scandinavians.

Out-of-the-ordinary characters seem to be a specialty of author Colin Cotterill. For a series set in 1970s Laos he chose a 70-something coroner, Dr. Siri Paiboun, as his main character. In a stand-alone book titled Killed at the Whim of a Hat, Cotterill sets in the present-day Thai countryside the investigations of Jimm Juree, female crime reporter and friend of the local police.

John Burdett also writes a series set in Thailand. Its main character is police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep who is of mixed race and a devout Buddhist. Burdett sets this series under the harsh neon lights of the drug- and crime-infested streets of Bangkok.

Many authors find Japan a perfect setting for their mysteries or crime thrillers. There is The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino or Out by Natsuo Kirino for modern-day suspense. For readers who like historical mysteries there is the Sano Ichiro series by Laura Joh Rowland or the Sugawara Akitada series by I.J. Parker.

Modern China is becoming increasingly popular as the setting for suspense writers. Qiu Xiaolong has created the character of Chen, a police inspector in Shanghai. Diane Wei Liang pens the adventures of Mei Wang, a modern woman and the first successful female private investigator in Beijing. Eliot Pattison writes a series featuring Shan Tao Yun, an exiled Chinese national and former Beijing investigator.

Even Mongolia is not too distant a setting for a thriller writer, as evidenced by The Shadow Walker written by Michael Walters. So, if you’re ready for a change from Scandinavian thrillers, try one of these, set in the mysterious East.

Maryellen@Warrenton

Monday, September 26, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/25/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
4. Abuse of Power by Michael Savage
5. Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman
6. The Race by Clive Cussler
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. How Firm a Foundation by David Weber
9. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
10. Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins
11. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
12. Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
14. Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
15. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
2. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
3. In My Time by Dick Cheney
4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
5. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
6. Pearl Jam Twenty by Pearl Jam
7. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
8. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
9. The Black Banners by Ali H. Soufan
10. Arguably by Christopher Hitchens
11. Bossypants by Tina Fey
12. A Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar
13. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
14. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
15. Life Itself by Roger Ebert

Washington Post 9/25/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
2. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4. The Race by Clive Cussler
5. How Firm a Foundation by David Weber
6. Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods
9. Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
10. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
2. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
3. A Course in Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson
4. In My Time by Dick Cheney
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
6. Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica
7. Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
8. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
9. Simple Times by Amy Sedaris
10. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kits of children's books on CD donated

Thanks to a generous donation, all three Fauquier County Public Library branches have new kits of children’s books on CD. More than 60 popular and classic tales, such as Mo Willem’s Pigeon series, Harry the Dirty Dog , Little Bear and more are available to check out.

New readers, early readers, and reluctant readers can read along with the book while they listen to the story.
See a complete list of titles included in the collection.

Library branches are: Bealeton Library, John Marshall Library, and Warrenton Library.

See the many ways you can support the library.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/18/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
2. The Race by Clive Cussler
3. Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
4. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
5. Prey by Linda Howard
6. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
7. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
8. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
9. Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
10. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
12. The Tears of the Sun by S. M. Stirling
13. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
14. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
15. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. In My Time by Dick Cheney
2. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
5. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
6. Bossypants by Tina Fey
7. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
8. Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
9. Just My Type by Simon Garfield
10. After America by Mark Steyn
11. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
12. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
13. Rafa by Rafael Nadal
14. Top Secret America by Dana Priest
15. Arguably by Christopher Hitchens

Washington Post 9/18/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
2. The Race by Clive Cussler
3. Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
4. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
5. Prey by Linda Howard
6. Cross Fire by James Patterson
7. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
8. The Cut by George Pelecanos
9. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
10. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
2. In My Time by Dick Cheney
3. The Two-Second Advantage by Vivek Ranadive
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
5. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
6. Top Secret America by Dana Priest
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
9. America by Heart by Sarah Palin
10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Friday, September 16, 2011

Esperanza Magazine promotes good health

Esperanza, a magazine sponsored by the Fauquier County Mental Health Association,  is now available at the Warrenton Library.

This quarterly publication is filled with articles by and about personalities who share the issues of living with anxiety and depression. Each issue contains hints on thriving, enjoying life and eating well. Plus, they are filled with pages of news, research, and how to get better care. 

Esperanza columnists speak to people living with anxiety and depression and to parents of children who are also living with anxiety and depression. It reaches out to adults and to caregivers as well.

All but the most current issue of Esperanza may be checked out by Fauquier County Public Library card holders. If you don't have a library card, get details on how to apply online for a card.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 9/11/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
2. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
3. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
4. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
5. Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
6. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
7. Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
10. The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
11. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
12. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston
13. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
14. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
15. The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. In My Time by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
2. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
7. After America by Mark Steyn
8. Bossypants by Tina Fey
9. Rafa by Rafael Nadal
10. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
11. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
12. Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick
13. What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes
14. Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
15. Just My Type by Simon Garfield

Washington Post 9/11/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
4. The Cut by George Pelecanos
5. Cross Fire by James Patterson
6. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
7. Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. Midnight and the Meaning of Love by Sister Souljah
9. Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
10. Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. In My Time by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
2. Afghanistan by Thomas Barfield
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
6. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
7. Decision Points by George W. Bush
8. 100 Plus by Sonia Arrison
9. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
10. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 11th, ten years later….we still remember

As we approach the 10th anniversary of what is commonly referred to as September 11th, or simply 9-11, we remember Sept. 11, 2001, as a day that altered history.

It was a day that brought America together, and it was a day when most of the world embraced our country. Many books have been written about the attack and its aftermath, and many of those help us to remember the individuals of that day. We recognize of all of them as heroes, and there are books that help us to better understand some of them.

America’s Heroes: Inspiring Stories of Courage, Sacrifice and Patriotism, is a collection of personal narratives and photographs of ordinary people who, on one horrific day, were transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. Out of that unspeakable tragedy, came heroic stories of incredible courage, sacrifice and patriotism.

Firehouse, by David Halberstam, is a tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives following the terrorists’ attack on the World Trade Center. The author explores the lives of members of FDNY Engine 40 Ladder 25, offering a portrait of everyday life in a firehouse and the courageous efforts to preserve life.

The story of Rick Rescorla is told in Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th by James B. Stewart. After safely evacuating the Morgan Stanley offices in the south tower, Rescorla went back into the building minutes before it collapsed, to search for stragglers. As a decorated Vietnam veteran, this was not Rescorla’s first selfless act of bravery. The author captures the enormity of the World Trade Center attack, by retracing one of the lives lost in the disaster.

With nearly 50 of its community lost in the World Trade Center attack, the New Jersey town of Middletown, suffered the highest death toll of anyplace in America, on September 11th. Middletown, America: One Town’s Passage from Grief to Recovery by Gail Sheehy is an inspiring portrait that describes how the inhabitants of this town dealt with their grief, anger and trauma following that tragic day.

New York Times reporter, Jere Longman has written a tribute to United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA, on 9-11. Among the Heroes: The Story of United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back is a detailed account of the heroism and terror of the final moments of this flight.
The author spoke with almost all of the families of the passengers and crew. It is universally acknowledged that this brave group acted with heroic defiance as they thwarted the terrorists that were on their way to either the Capitol or the White House.

On that flight was Todd Beamer, and who can forget his famous, final words, “Let’s Roll”. Lisa Beamer, Todd’s widow, has written Let’s Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage. Her story conveys a message of character, courage and undeniable faith in the face of horrifying tragedy.

Not to be forgotten, are the many heroic dogs who were a part of the events, during and after September 11th. Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero is the inspiring story of a blind survivor who owes his life to his faithful dog.

When the first plane struck Tower One, Michael Hingson tells of how he was led from the 78th floor, down 1,463 stairs, by his guide dog Roselle. In this harrowing story of trust and courage, we see how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.

In the days and hours following the attack, there were many other dogs who served side by side, with the rescuers, in their valiant recovery efforts. Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs by Nona Kilgore Bauer, is a salute in stories and photographs to the canines that served our nation in the recovery missions following the terrorist’s strikes. A testament to man’s best friend, this book pays tribute to 78 canine heroes and their handlers.

A beautiful, inspiring and comforting collection of songs and hymns are included on the CD, American Anthem. Recorded by, renowned opera singer, Denyce Graves and others, these selections are a memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001.

As we pause to remember this somber anniversary, we honor all of those who were lost on that tragic day. Through their stories we can continue to be inspired by their lives.

Deborah @ Marshall

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/4/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks
4. The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
5. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
6. Full Black by Brad Thor
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
10. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
11. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
12. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
13. One Summer by David Baldacci
14. The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
15. Now You See Her by James Patterson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. After America by Mark Steyn
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
7. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
8. Bossypants by Tina Fey
9. Rafa by Rafael Nadal
10. Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
11. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
12. God, No! by Penn Jillette
13. Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick
14. Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon
15. First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi

Washington Post 9/4/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. Full Black by Brad Thor
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
5. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
6. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
7. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
8. The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks
9. Victory and Honor by W. E. B. Griffin
10. The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
3. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
4. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
5. Decision Points by George W. Bush
6. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
7. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
8. After America by Mark Steyn
9. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
10. On China by Henry Kissinger

Friday, September 2, 2011

Following In Their Footsteps

Does talent run in the family? Or is it simply a matter of exposure: watching a parent practice a trade day after day? Whether it is nature or nurture, there are examples in, for instance, writing and acting of a son or daughter following in the footsteps of a successful parent.

Alafair Burke is the daughter of popular author James Lee Burke. Her first series began in 2003 with the publication of Judgment Calls.

Jesse Kellerman’s parents, Jonathan and Faye, are both writers. Jesse’s first novel, Sunstroke, was published in 2006.

Stephen and Tabitha King are the parents of Joe Hill. Joe is the author of Horns and Heart Shaped Box as well as a graphic novel and the story collection, 20th Century Ghosts.

Acting talent also runs in families, as these biographies demonstrate:

Been There, Done That by Eddie Fisher and Wishful Drinking by his daughter, Carrie Fisher.
My Heart Belongs by Mary Martin and Leon Adams’ book about her son: Larry Hagman: a Biography.

Call Me Anna: the autobiography of Patty Duke by Patty Duke and Kenneth Turan. Her talented son also wrote an autobiography called There and Back Again/ An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin with Joe Layden.

Sons and daughters often follow in the footsteps of successful parents. Sometimes their work and life stories are similar and sometimes they are definitely not!!



Maryellen@Warrenton