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

Friday, November 4, 2011

Entertaining for the Holidays

It's hard to believe that the year is coming to a close and we are approaching another holiday season.  I never have to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal, but I do contribute a dish or two to share at the home of a sibling.  I do, however, always prepare an entire Christmas dinner for my immediate family which we devour on Christmas Eve and then reheat our individual favorites on Christmas Day. 

With all this cooking and prepping in mind, I've started perusing cookbooks along with my younger daughter, who loves to cook.  And it's never too early to start thinking and planning for holiday meals. 

If it's your first time fixing up a holiday meal for family and friends you might take a look at  Thanksgiving 101 It may be just the book for you.  This title provides fool proof recipes for your Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, along with a large helping of advice.  I know I could have used some advice the first time I cooked a turkey!

Should you choose to offer a new dish or two to your guests, consider these titles.  Each has a collection of delicious recipes and might have the perfect offering for your holiday gathering, whether it's in November, December or even January.

A compilation of casual recipes Perfect Recipes for Having People Over  includes advice about which events go with certain dishes, how you might vary the recipes, and suggestions for which side dishes and drinks to serve with each dish.  There's also valuable information about how far in advance you can prepare the dish---a nice fact to have if you're planning for a large gathering.

Real Life Entertaining has lots of uncomplicated recipes for everything from sit down dinners to a mid morning brunch (a nice idea for New Years' Day, maybe).  Check out the introduction to this book in which the author talks about her love of entertaining and making human connections...and about the first time she prepared a meal for guests at the tender age of 9!

Updated and revised, The New Elegant but Easy Cookbook skips the processed cheese and onion soup mix recipes of the 1960 version and gets right to the heart of cooking good food with quality ingredients.

Nigella Lawson loves food and loves cooking food for her family and friends.  You can't help but get excited about a good meal shared when you read Feast: Food that Celebrates Life.

Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates offers some great meatless recipes for holidays and special occasions through out the year.  The book is divided by season, so it's pretty simple to find things for Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years' or Kwanzaa.

Or would your family prefer you stick to more traditional fare? 

Christmas with Paula Dean is chocked full of recipes for holiday sweets, meats and side dishes, all with Paula's traditional Southern flair.

The Christmas Kitchen includes wonderful recipes and menus but also includes ideas for gifts and parties to make the holiday season special.

In The World of Jewish Entertaining acclaimed author and chef Rabbi Gil Marks gives practical advice and easy-to-follow recipes for a wide variety of dishes from the most homey and traditional foods to haute cuisine.  In addition, he provides background information on all the events, putting them in a traditional Jewish context.

Fauquier Libraries will be displaying a wide variety of holiday entertaining and cooking books over the next several weeks.  Stop in and browse, you might find a new favorite recipe or get a great idea for a party or gift.


Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!

Dawn S. @ Warrenton

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book Club Discussions for November

Here is a sampling of the books under discussion at the library in November.  Check the library's website for details about dates and times for book group meetings.