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.