Monday, October 31, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/30/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
2. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
3. Bonnie by Iris Johansen
4. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
5. The Affair by Lee Child
6. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
7. Shock Wave by John Sandford
8. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
9. The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg
10. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
11. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
13. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
14. Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
15. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Suicide of a Superpower by Patrick J. Buchanan
5. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
6. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
7. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
8. West by West by Jerry West
9. Van Gogh by Steven Naifeh
10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
11. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
12. Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
13. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
14. The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey D. Sachs
15. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind


Washington Post 10/30/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
2. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
3. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
4. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
5. Bonnie by Iris Johansen
6. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
7. The Affair by Lee Child
8. Shock Wave by John Sandford
9. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
10. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. Junior’s Dessert Cookbook by Alan Rosen
3. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
4. In My Time by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
5. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
6. Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Suicide of a Superpower by Patrick J. Buchanan
9. Great by Choice by Jim Collins
10. Essential Pepin by Jacques Pepin

Friday, October 28, 2011

Urban Fiction

Urban Fiction, primarily written by and about African Americans,  is a genre that emerged largely in the 1960's with the writings of Donald Goines, Claude Brown, and Richard Wright. The publication of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, while a non-fiction work, is an urban coming-of-age story that became standard reading for many African-American teenagers and furthered the genre's growth.    In later years Sister Souljah, and  Sapphire  were among authors who added more selections to the genre. 

For more Urban Fiction authors, check out the list below.
Kevin Baker
Virginia DeBerry
E. Lynn Harris
Solomon Jones
William Henry Lewis
Dinaw Mengestu
Mary  B. Morrison
Kiki Swinson
Nikki Turner
Omar Tyree

Monday, October 24, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/23/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
3. Snuff by Terry Pratchett
4. The Affair by Lee Child
5. Shock Wave by John Sandford
6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. Lethal by Sandra Brown
9. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
10. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
11. Survivors by James Wesley Rawles
12. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
13. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
14. Neverwinter by R. A. Salvatore
15. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
3. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
5. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
6. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
7. This is Herman Cain! by Herman Cain
8. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
9. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
10. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
11. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
12. Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
13. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
14. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
15. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

Washington Post 10/23/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
3. Snuff by Terry Pratchett
4. The Affair by Lee Child
5. Shock Wave by John Sandford
6. The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
7. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
10. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible by Paula Deen
4. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
5. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
6. Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. In My Time by Dick Cheney
9. Great by Choice by Jim Collins
10. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Third Man (or Woman)

Although you might think this is going to be a few paragraphs about the novels of Graham Greene, that is not the case. As we approach the presidential election of 2012 it might be a good time to read up on the history of third party candidates and the elections they ran in.

In their recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back, Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum suggest that a third party candidate in the upcoming presidential election might offer the “shock therapy” necessary to end the monumental gridlock and bipartisan bickering that is currently the norm in Washington. They cite the elections of 1912 (Theodore Roosevelt), 1968 (George Wallace) and 1992 (H. Ross Perot) as examples of third party candidacies that produced changes in the politics of the time. Furthermore, although not winners themselves, these third-party candidates inspired the winners of these elections to initiate policies that they might not have otherwise proposed.

So here are some titles to help us all get to thinking about the possible impact of that third man…or woman:

The History of Third Parties by Vicki Cox

Two Parties—or More? The American Party System by John F. Bibby and L. Sandy Maisel

1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft &;Debs—the Election that Changed the Country by James Chace




Maryellen @ Warrenton


Monday, October 17, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/16/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Shock Wave by John Sandford
2. The Affair by Lee Child
3. Survivors by James Wesley Rawles
4. Neverwinter by R. A. Salvatore
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. Lethal by Sandra Brown
7. Aleph by Paulo Coelho (NOTE: Library has CD Book)
8. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
9. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
10. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
11. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
12. Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
13. Son of Stone by Stuart Woods
14. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
15. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
3. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
4. This is Herman Cain! by Herman Cain
5. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
6. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
7. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
8. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
9. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
10. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
11. Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
12. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
13. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
14. Sweetness by Jeff Pearlman
15. In My Time by Dick Cheney

Washington Post 10/16/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Affair by Lee Child
2. Shock Wave by John Sandford
3. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
4. Lethal by Sandra Brown
5. Survivors by James Wesley Rawles
6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
9. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
10. Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. This is Herman Cain! by Herman Cain
3. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
4. The Family Meal by Ferran AdriĆ 
5. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
6. The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
7. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
8. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
9. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
10. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind

Friday, October 14, 2011

There and Back Again

When my daughter recently told me that she was reading The Lord of The Rings trilogy for the first time (she's never been a fan of fantasy or science fiction) and was really enjoying it, I was inspired to go back and re-read The Hobbit and the following triology. 

These had been favorites of mine in my younger days, so I pulled the yellowed and slightly tattered paperback off my shelves and settled in for a good read.  I was delighted to find that I still love the story of Bilbo's adventures traveling beyond The Shire with the wizard, Gandalf and the company of dwarves. 

On to the trilogy.  Now, The Hobbit is a pretty quick read, but The Lord of the Rings is different story (no pun intended).   So I decided once again to take advantage of my commute and checked out the CD of volume one, The Fellowship of the Ring.  Brit, Rob Inglis does an amazing job reading the books.  His voice was rich and full of feeling as he led me along the road to Mordor.  After finishing up The Two Towers and The Return of the King I was happy that I'd gone back to these old favorites.

With winter approaching, I'm wondering what other old favorites I might go back and read again.  Probably To Kill a Mockingbird next---Sissy Spacek is the reader---that might be a real treat.  But I'm open to suggestions. . .

Dawn S. @ Warrenton

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/9/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Affair by Lee Child
2. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
3. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
5. Lethal by Sandra Brown
6. Aleph by Paulo Coelho
7. Son of Stone by Stuart Woods
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
10. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
11. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
12. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
13. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
14. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
15. The Race by Clive Cussler

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
5. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
6. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
7. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
8. In My Time by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
9. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
11. Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
12. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
13. Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson
14. Living in the Material World by Olivia Harrison

Washington Post 10/9/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Affair by Lee Child
2. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
3. Lethal by Sandra Brown
4. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
9. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
10. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
2. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
3. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
4. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
5. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
6. Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook by Bobby Flay
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
9. In My Time by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
10. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bealeton Library now subscribes to 'Civil War News'

The Bealeton Library, a branch of Fauquier County Public Library, now has a subscription to Civil War News, a tabloid-sized monthly newspaper chock full of current events happening around Virginia and elsewhere for reenactments, exhibits, speakers and related programs. It also includes book reviews, and regular columns on preservation, medicine, and firearms. Stop by the Bealeton Library's Reference desk to look at the latest copy.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/2/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
2. Lethal by Sandra Brown
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
5. Son of Stone by Stuart Woods
6. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
10. The Race by Clive Cussler
11. Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman
12. Abuse of Power by Michael Savage
13. Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins
14. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
15. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
2. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
5. In My Time by Dick Cheney
6. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
7. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard
8. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
9. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
10. Rogue by Joe McGinniss
11. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
12. Pearl Jam Twenty by Pearl Jam
13. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
14. Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
15. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Washington Post 10/2/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
2. Lethal by Sandra Brown
3. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
5. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
6. Son of Stone by Stuart Woods
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
8. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
9. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
10. Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
2. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with JFK
3. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
4. That Used To Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
6. In My Time by Dick Cheney
7. Wicked Success is Inside Every Woman by Vickie L. Milazzo
8. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
9. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
10. Destiny of the Republic by Constance Millard