Friday, December 21, 2012

Books That Shaped America

In June of this year, the Library of Congress began a multiyear Celebration of the Book with an interesting display of the Books That Shaped America.  Obviously, a topic like this will be pretty subjective, but Librarian of Congress, James Billington assures that it's not a list of the best books in America or even a comprehensive list of all the books that shaped our country.  Instead, he says, "It's a starting point." 

Either way, it's an interesting list to peruse and an interesting one to pull from for reading material.  It includes titles that, as Americans, maybe we should all go back and read, to remind us of how we started and where we came from. 

You can view the online exhibition alphabetically (strangely enough, in most cases, listed by the author's first name) or by theme, which in this case is fifty year time frames, dating from 1750 to 2000.

Here are a few of my favorites:




Ezra Jack Keats'  The Snowy Day

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird






Dawn S. @ Warrenton

 













Monday, December 17, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 12/16/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. The Racketeer by John Grisham 
4. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich  
5. The Forgotten by David Baldacci                  
6. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
7. The Black Box by Michael Connelly                    
8. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke      
9. Winter of the World by Ken Follett                     
10. The Last Man by Vince Flynn                             
11. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling                 
12. Cold Days by Jim Butcher                                 
13. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver                
14. Cross Roads by William Paul Young                    
15. The Round House by Louise Erdrich                 

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly   
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                    
3. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                    
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer              
5. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.                       
6. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin                                              
7. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson 
8. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver                         
9. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young                               
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                      
11. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid               
12. Dogfight by Calvin Trillin  
13. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
14. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon       
15. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo 

Washington Post 12/16/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney 
2. The Forgotten by David Baldacci                               
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                        
4. The Racketeer by John Grisham             
5. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson     
6. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich         
7. Winter of the World by Ken Follett  
8. The Last Man by Vince Flynn    
9. The Black Box by Michael Connelly      
10. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten  
2. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham 
3. Guinness World Records 2013 (NOTE: Library has 2012 ed.)   
4. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly  
6. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
7. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.  
8. The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson 
9. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath 
10. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver


Friday, December 14, 2012

A New Year for MBC

A new year brings a new reading list for the Mystery Book Club. Our selections are based on a number of factors, but we always start by asking our participants for recommendations. Consideration is then given to such questions as: Have we read this author before? If so, how long ago? Is this title in the middle of a series, or can we get the first title in this series? Are we able to order multiple copies or has this work gone out of print?

In 2013 we’ll be enjoying books by some well-established authors and also by some authors relatively new to the mystery/thriller world. Familiar names include Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben and James Lee Burke.

Those not so familiar include G M Malliet whose Wicked Autumn is the first in a series that has been described as a modern English village cozy; Alex Grecian whose first-in-series book, The Yard, evokes the style of Arthur Conan Doyle; and Attica Locke whose book, The Cutting Season, was chosen by Dennis Lehane as the first in his new line of books with HarperCollins.

Mystery Book Club’s entire year of reading is listed below. We are looking forward to lively discussions throughout 2013 and invite you to join us at noon on the third Thursday of each month.

January 17:  Dennis Lehane  Mystic River

February 21:   G M Malliet   Wicked Autumn

March 21:   John Verdon   Think of a Number

April 18:   Harlan Coben   The Woods

May 16:   Alex Grecian   The Yard

June 20:   Attica Locke   The Cutting Season

July 18:   Lincoln Child    Deep Storm OR The Third Gate

August 15:   Phillip Kerr    March Violets

September 19:   Camilla Lackberg   The Ice Princess

October 17:   James Lee Burke    Feast Day of Fools

November 21:   Charles Todd   The Murder Stone

December 19:  Book Chat/Year-End Review



Maryellen@Warrenton

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 12/9/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Cold Days by Jim Butcher
2. The Black Box by Michael Connelly
3. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
4. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
5. The Racketeer by John Grisham
6. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke
7. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
8. The Last Man by Vince Flynn
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
10. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
11. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
12. Cross Roads by William Paul Young
13. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
14. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
15. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
5. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
6. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
7. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
8. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
9. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson
10. Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis
11. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
14. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
15. The Joy of Hate by Greg Gutfeld

PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post bestseller lists were not published this week.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lee Child Read Alike

If you enjoy thrillers, especially those that have a central character whose adventures you follow in each installment, like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, you might enjoy tales by these authors.

Barry Eisler
G.M. Ford
Stephen Hunter
Gregg Hurwitz
George Pelecanos
Matthew Reilly
John Sandford
Daniel Silva
Randy Wayne White

For more book lists and reading recommendations, ask the reference librarian at your local library.




Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 12/2/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
2. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
3. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke
4. The Last Man by Vince Flynn
5. The Racketeer by John Grisham
6. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
7. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
10. Cross Roads by William Paul Young
11. Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
12. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
13. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
14. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
15. The Panther by Nelson DeMille

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham
2. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
5. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
6. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson
7. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
8. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
9. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
10. The Patriarch by David Nasaw
11. The Joy of Hate by Greg Gutfeld
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
14. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
15. The Outpost by Jake Tapper


PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post list was not published this week.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Discussions for December

 December brings year end books chats, holiday celebrations, and book discussions for the Library's Book Clubs. Please see the library's website for meeting dates and times.


December 3: Of Justice and Injustice by David Hume (Warrenton Great Books Group)

December 17: The Quiet American by Graham Greene (Bealeton Book Club)

December 20: Holiday book chat and year end review (Warrenton Library Mystery Book Club)

December: Marshall Book Clubs will be celebrating the holidays with their annual parties and will be discussing books for 2013.  Contact Branch Manager, Deborah Cosby for more information.  540-422-8527.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 11/25/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Last Man by Vince Flynn
2. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
3. The Racketeer by John Grisham
4. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
5. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
8. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
9. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
10. Cross Roads by William Paul Young
11. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
12. The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
13. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
14. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
15. Dear Life by Alice Munro

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
5. How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil
6. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
7. The Joy of Hate by Greg Gutfeld
8. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
9. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
10. The Outpost by Jake Tapper
11. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
12. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
13. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
14. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson
15. The Untold History of America by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick

Washington Post 11/25/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Racketeer by John Grisham
2. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
3. Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
4. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
7. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
8. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
9. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
10. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten
2. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
3. Guinness World Records 2013 (NOTE: Library has 2012 ed.)
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
5. The Generals by Thomas E. Ricks
6. I Declare by Joel Osteen
7. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
8. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
9. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
10. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shared Reading, Part 2

It often happens that book clubs develop within families. A person reads a book, loves it and passes it on to her daughter, sister-in-law or niece. Many times couples share reading tastes and both will finish a book on a single checkout! In such cases, some discussion, however brief, is sure to follow over coffee or on a long drive.

A new book shares with readers the poignant experience of a mother and son who shared a love of reading and of discussing the books they read. In The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe tenderly describes the last two years of his mother’s life through the reading that they shared while she underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer.

While the story of Mary Anne Schwalbe and her family is inspiring in itself, Will’s book can also serve as the basis for establishing a reading list for any book club. Selections include fiction, non-fiction, biography and poetry. Titles and authors mentioned in the chapters are listed alphabetically in an appendix.

Some of the Schwalbes’ selections that I have read and enjoyed are:

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis

Howards End by E M Forster

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Some authors that are now on my to-read list are Geraldine Brooks, John Kabat-Zinn, Anne Lamott, J. R. Moehringer and Wallace Stegner.

Those of us who participate in a book group will enjoy The End of Your Life Book Club for its familiar descriptions of the pleasure of shared reading. All readers may find inspiration in the Schwalbe family’s story of love, acceptance, service and hope.

Maryellen @ Warrenton

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 11/18/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Racketeer by John Grisham
2. Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
3. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
6. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
7. The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
8. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
9. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
10. NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
11. A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans
12. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
13. Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
14. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
15. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
5. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
6. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
7. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
8. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
9. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
11. The Generals by Thomas E. Ricks
12. Rod by Rod Stewart
13. Custer by Larry McMurtry
14. Who I Am by Pete Townshend
15. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post Best Seller lists were not published this week.

Friday, November 16, 2012

National Book Awards

2012 may be coming to a close, but the literary awards for the 2012 publishing year are just beginning. Winners of the National Book Award, which was established in 1950, were announced on November 14. Check out the winners in the fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature categories:


Fiction

The Round House (Louise Erdrich)
This coming-of-age story, set in 1988 on a North Dakota reservation, features a fourteen year old boy dealing with his mother’s deep depression after being attacked. Erdrich, a well-known and respected author of both adult and children’s novels centered around Native American life, has received numerous starred reviews for her latest novel.

Nonfiction

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Katherine Boo)
The vast differences between the haves and haves nots of Mumbai is examined through the lives of residents living in a slum located near the Mumbai airport. Author Katherine Boo, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, has spent the last decade living in both the United States and India.


Young People’s Literature

Goblin Secrets (William Alexander)
Fans of stories about witches, goblins, and otherworldy creatures will be interested in this story about a young boy, in search of his lost brother, who escapes an orphanage run by a witch. Along the way, he joins a theater troupe of goblins, even though acting and wearing masks are forbidden in the city of Zombay.

For more information on the National Book Awards, including the 2012 finalists and past winners, check out the official website of the National Book Foundation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 11/11/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Racketeer by John Grisham
2. The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
3. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
4. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans
7. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
8. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
9. Iced by Karen Marie Moning
10. NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
11. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
12. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
13. Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
14. The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
15. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
5. Rod by Rod Stewart
6. The Generals by Thomas E. Ricks
7. A Gift of Hope by Danielle Steel
8. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
9. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
10. Who I Am by Pete Townshend
11. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
14. Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson
15. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid

PLEASE NOTE:  There was no Washington Post Best Seller List published this week.

Friday, November 9, 2012

2012 Teens' Top Ten Winners


Teens have voted and the results are in! The annual “teen choice” poll created by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) seeks the best books of the year for teens. Throughout the summer, young adults from across the country read from the list of nominated titles and voted on their favorites. The top ten winners were announced during October’s Teen Read Week celebration. From dystopian futures to romance and ghost stories, there’s something for everyone. Check out the list to see if your favorite made the cut!

And the winner is…

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards independence and her own beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?


Here are the rest of the Top Ten! Place your hold on these by clicking the titles or going to the library catalog.

2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,”they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.

3) Legend by Marie Lu

June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?

4) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.

5) What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.

6) Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryochamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.

7) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.

8) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can win The Scorpio Races.

9) Where She Went by Gayle Forman

This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.

10) Abandon by Meg Cabot

Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos - Island of Bones - for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back Can she escape death once again?


Ann McDuffie @ Bealeton

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 11/4/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Racketeer by John Grisham
2. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
3. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
4. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
5. The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
6. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
8. NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
9. Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
10. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
11. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
12. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
13. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
14. Mad River by John Sandford
15. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. Rod by Rod Stewart
5. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
6. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
7. Makeup to Breakup by Peter Criss with Larry Sloman
8. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
9. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
10. Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
11. Who I Am by Pete Townshend
12. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
13. Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith
14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
15. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe


Washington Post 11/4/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Racketeer by John Grisham
2. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
3. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
4. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
5. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
6. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
7. NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
10. Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. Guinness World Records 2013 (NOTE: Library has 2012 ed.)
4. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
5. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
6. Bouchan Bakery by Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel
7. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
8. Zero to Breakthrough by Vernice Armour
9. Clients First by Joseph & JoAnn Callaway
10. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Friday, November 2, 2012

Kids Can Vote!


With the presidential election just around the corner, even the children know something is up. Highly visible news coverage, advertisements in the mailbox and bumper stickers that tout various candidates may spark interest and questions about the election process. A recent CNN article suggests that parents start early, talking to their young children about fairness, rules and positions of authority. Visit the Scholastic education site for teaching tips and current election coverage. Popular books at the library can also get kids excited about voting.
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel tracks the story of a cat running for the president of the local Cat Club.

In Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, his political ambition eventually leads to his being elected President.

Voting by Sarah De Capua from A True Book series explains the importance of getting involved in the civic process and follows the steps through the election process.

Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier introduces Election Day, discusses the importance of voting, and presents a history of voting in the United States, through a fictional story.

Now the kids can vote for their own favorite character for president and learn a bit about the election process.

The candidates are:

Pete the Cat is that cool feline who first gained national attention for his colorful adventures while out walking in his white shoes. He’s also been seen rocking in his school shoes!

Possibly even more famous, Fancy Nancy loves everything fancy. From elegantly eccentric outfits to complex words, Nancy is out to impress young constituents, um, children.

So, kids let your voice be heard! From now until November 6, stop in at any of the Fauquier County Public Library branches to cast your ballot for who you think should be president. Will it be Pete the Cat or Fancy Nancy? We’ll announce the winner right after Election Day.

Ann McDuffie @ Bealeton

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Discussions for November

The following books are under discussion at Fauquier County public libraries in November. Please see the library's website for meeting dates and times.


November 5: Othello by Shakespeare (Warrenton Great Books Group)

November 14: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (Marshall Afternoon Club)

November 15:  Hardball by Sara Paretsky (Warrenton Adult Mystery Club)

November 19:  Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (Bealeton Book Club)

November 26:  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Marshall Evening Club)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Shared Reading

If you visit the website of National Reading Group Month, you will learn that October is the month for “celebrating the joy of shared reading.” Those of us who enjoy participating in a book group don’t need a special month because each meeting is usually a celebration of thoughtful discussion, shared ideas and a good bit of laughter.

The Fauquier County Public Library is home to five reading groups. The Warrenton library hosts Great Books, which meets one evening each month, and Mystery book club, which meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month. The Marshall library has two book groups, one meets in the evening and one in the afternoon. The book group at the Bealeton library meets in the evening.

The Warrenton groups have a relatively narrow focus in their selections. The groups at Bealeton and Marshall are more eclectic in nature, not focusing on any one theme or type of book. Some groups serve refreshments, some plan field trips in conjunction with their reading, and some have a more serious demeanor. Despite these differences, all the groups share certain characteristics: their participants are interesting people who offer varying perspectives on each book; they choose a variety of material which provides the opportunity for learning new things; meetings involve stimulating discussions in which many interesting ideas emerge; a sense of camaraderie quickly develops among participants.

For readers who might wish to start their own book group there are a number of books with pointers on how to get started.

The Reading Group Handbook by Rachel W Jacobsohn and The Book Club Companion by Diana Loevy have good organizational tips and also many recommended titles for building an initial reading list.

A Year of Reading by Elisabeth Ellington and Jane Freimiller provides handy synopses, short author biographies and discussion strategies for recommended titles.

Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust and More Book Lust are chock full of suggestions for reading on just about any topic, in just about every genre.

There are also a number of websites for readers and book groups, such as Goodreads, Reading Group Guides, and Shelfari, to name a few.

Reading for pleasure is a joy, and sharing that joy in a book group has the added benefit of broadening our horizons. It encourages us to read things we might not have chosen on our own. It helps us to think about the things we’ve read in terms of another person’s feelings or ideas. It encourages us to meet new people and develop new friendships.

Whether it’s a gathering of 2 or 3 people or 20 or more, there’s something special about reading groups. We invite you to join one of the lively book clubs at FCPL, find one in your community, or start one yourself.

See you at Book Club!

Maryellen, with the help of Jeanne, Beth and Deborah









Monday, October 22, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/21/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
5. Mad River by John Sandford
6. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
7. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
8. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
9. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
10. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
11. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
12. Phantom by Jo Nesbø
13. Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
14. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
15. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. Who I Am by Pete Townshend
4. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
6. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
7. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
8. Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer and Bing West
9. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
10. Mugged by Ann Coulter
11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
12. Here Come the Black Helicopters! by Dick Morris
13. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
14. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
15. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Washington Post 10/21/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
3. Mad River by John Sandford
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
6. Phantom by Jo Nesbø
7. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
8. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
9. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
10. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
4. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
5. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Guinness World Records 2013 (NOTE: Library has 2012 ed.)
8. Renegades Write the Rules by Amy Jo Martin
9. Mugged by Ann Coulter
10. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall is here and there’s a chill in the morning air. Sundays are full to the brim with football and friends. It is the perfect time of year to pull out the crockpot and find some great chili and/or soup recipes. If you come into the library, you can browse the aisles of cookbooks and be delighted in all the wonderful things you can make. And just imagine how wonderful your house will smell with a pot roast cooking all day long. Putting dinner in your crockpot will also give you time you might not otherwise have to do other more enjoyable things.


Perhaps you want to start thinking about Halloween and what you may want to cook or decorate for trick-or-treaters! Check-out (no pun intended) The Penny Whistle Halloween Book for some fun ideas. If you are planning a Halloween Bash, you may want to check-out Family Fun Tricks and Treats for ideas on costumes, crafts and food. You can have lots of fun making all those scary treats or tricks…

Are you cooking Thanksgiving Dinner this year? What are you going to make? Are you planning to decorate? You may want to browse our shelves of magazines. You will find all kinds of interesting ideas and perhaps inspiration for new dishes. When in doubt, Martha Stewart’s Living is always a great choice. Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living and Every Day with Rachel Ray are also great magazine choices for even the most novice holiday cook. You will be inspired not only in your culinary endeavors, but also in your decorating details.

And don’t blink because before you know it the Christmas holidays will be looming on the horizon. It is never too early to start planning for the winter holidays. Music always seems to put me in the holiday mood. Come in and browse our selection of holiday CD music. We have everything from A Celtic Christmas, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to Kwanzaa Music and The Kiezmer Conservator Band Oy Chanukah. You can also find wonderful holiday cookbooks, magazines and don’t forget the DVD collection. It’s a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas and a few other classic holiday movies.

Just knowing that the library can provide these wonderful books, movies, magazines and music can take away a lot of unnecessary stress this holiday season.

We’ll see you in the stacks…

Dawn P. @ Warrenton.