Monday, January 30, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/29/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
2. Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
3. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
4. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
5. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Raylan by Elmore Leonard
8. Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
9. The Rope by Nevada Barr
10. The Litigators by John Grisham
11. Locked On by Tom Clancy
12. Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston
13. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
14. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
15. Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
2. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
6. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
8. The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
9. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
10. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
11. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
12. A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
13. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
14. Greedy Bastards by Dylan Ratigan
15. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Washington Post 1/29/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
2. Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
3. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
4. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
5. Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
6. Locked On by Tom Clancy
7. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
9. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
10. The Litigators by John Grisham

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
2. The Psychology of Wealth by Charles Richards
3. Taking People With You by David Novak
4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
5. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
6. The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
7. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
10. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Friday, January 27, 2012

Books Under Discussion in February

The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of February.  Please see the library website for details on meeting dates and times and for directions. 

• February 7: "On Happiness by Aristotle" (see Book 1 of the "Nicomachean Ethics" in Vol. 2 of the Works of Aristotle) (Warrenton -- Great Books)


• February 8: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (John Marshall -- Afternoon)

• February 13: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (Bealeton)

• February 16: Dog On It by Spencer Quinn or any mystery with a canine companion (Warrenton -- Mystery)

• February 27: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay (John Marshall -- Evening)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/22/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
2. Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
3. Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston
4. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
5. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
8. Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
9. Lothaire by Kresley Cole
10. The Litigators by John Grisham
11. Locked On by Tom Clancy
12. Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
13. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
14. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
15. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
3. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
6. The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
9. Greedy Bastards by Dylan Ratigan
10. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
11. A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
12. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
13. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
14. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
15. Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank

Washington Post 1/22/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
2. Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
3. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
4. Locked On by Tom Clancy
5. Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
7. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
8. Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
9. Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
10. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Taking People With You by David Novak
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
3. The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
5. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
6. Smart Trust by Stephen R. Covey
7. Sexperiment by Ed and Lisa Young
8. Emotional Equations by Chip Conley
9. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
10. Building a Magnetic Culture by Kevin Sheridan

Friday, January 20, 2012

Laughter Therapy

The economic outlook is still not great; partisan gridlock is still the norm in Washington; there is uncertainty in the world and in this country 99% of us are restless to say the least. On top of all that, it’s January!
Do you know what we need?? A good LAUGH!!

In his latest book, Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Andrew Weil explains that laughter is one tool that we all can use to stay physically and emotionally healthy.  It’s probably true that humor, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. What makes me laugh out loud until I cry just might not tickle your funny bone quite as much. That said--here are some books, recordings and movies that have given me a good laugh:

Native Tongue and other novels by Carl Hiaasen (I especially like the recurring character Skink, ex-governor of Florida, ecowarrior and generally funny guy)

A Prairie Home Companion Pretty Good Joke Book

A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio , Pretty Good Bits and Prairie Home Companion10th Anniversary  --- all on CD

Any title by George Carlin

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (his movies are funny, too)

Dave Barry's Year in Review in the Washington Post Magazine (see the January 1, 2012 issue of the Post)

Up (be sure to watch the two short films included under bonus features)

The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan (for Pirates choose the production with Kevin Kline as the Pirate King—just wonderful!)

The Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers

These are some of my favorites and I’m sure you can add to the list. What makes you laugh? Do you need relief from the winter blues? Try some laughter therapy!



Maryellen@Warrenton

Friday, January 13, 2012

Marshall Book Club 2012

The two book clubs at the John Marshall Library, have become popular monthly gatherings for many in the community. Lively discussions of interesting books are guaranteed at each meeting. The clubs have fostered lasting friendships and smaller “get togethers” but new members are always warmly welcomed.

The Evening Book Club is entering its 13th year and the Afternoon Book Club, its 8th. Each group reads 11 books a year, with titles suggested by group members and then voted to the final list. The suggestions are always eclectic, including fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers and classics. Every book may not be loved by all, but members often agree that they would not have discovered some of these interesting titles had they not been in the book club. Titles are sometimes seasonal or they may reflect current events. There is always a good book for a cold January evening, while summer reads may be lighter. During election years, a fall read may include something of a political nature, or a biography of a prominent American figure.

In recent years, there have been field trips that tie in to certain books. A reading of the The Moon and Sixpence (W. Somerset Maugham), led to a trip to the National Gallery to see a recent Gauguin exhibit. Because both groups had read The Help (Kathryn Stockett), there was an excited interested in going, as a group, to see the movie when it premiered. (of course lunch was included in the trip!) Local historian, Bob Sinclair, conducted a “Walking tour of Marshall”, after one club read High in Old Virginia’s Piedmont (John K. Gott). When an occasional Shakespeare play was included on the reading list, all agreed that the play would be brought to life by experiencing a live stage production. A trip to the “American Shakespeare Center” in Staunton, Virginia, made our reading of Twelfth Night one of the favorite reads of the year!

A summer picnic and a Holiday party, have become annual traditions that are eagerly anticipated by members of both book clubs. Picnics are held under the trees, on the hill, behind the Marshall Library. It is a potluck affair, with food that gets better each year! The Holiday party is held in the Library when the surroundings radiate holiday cheer. No book is read in December, so the meeting is just a time to relax, enjoy great food and good company.

The Marshall Book Clubs know no strangers. Every new person has something to offer and you will be warmly received. It is no wonder that the Clubs have become one of the most popular activities at the Library. Join us!

The following titles were chosen for the 2012 Book List:

Afternoon Book Club
Evening Book Club
The Marshall Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, at 1:00 p.m.

The Marshall Evening Book Club meets on the last Monday of the month, at 7:00 p.m.

Come join us!

Debbie @ John Marshall

Monday, January 9, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/8/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
3. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
4. Locked On by Tom Clancy
5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. The Litigators by John Grisham
7. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
8. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
10. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
11. Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
12. The Drop by Michael Connelly
13. Micro by Michael Crichton
14. Covert Warriors by W. E. B. Griffin
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. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
5. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
6. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
7. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
8. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck
9. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
11. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
12. Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton
13. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
14. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
15. Arguably by Christopher Hitchens

Washington Post 1/8/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Locked On by Tom Clancy
2. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
3. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
4. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. The Litigators by John Grisham
7. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
8. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
9. Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
10. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
4. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
6. Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook
7. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
8. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
9. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
10. The Cooks Illustrated Cookbook

Friday, January 6, 2012

Dame Agatha's Secrets 01/6/12

Dame Agatha Christie died on January 12, 1976. Even 36 years after her death most of her work is still in print, there is a steady stream of adaptations of her novels, stories and plays for movies and television, and there is continued academic interest in her life and work. What could possibly be the secret of this author’s enduring success?

In a recent work, John Curran helps us to answer this question. Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making has won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards in the category of nonfiction. Mr. Curran gives readers a look into the notebooks that Christie kept at hand in which she would jot down ideas for characters, plot lines and settings. In this very interesting work, the author reveals one of Dame Agatha’s secrets: productivity. “During the height of her powers publication could hardly keep pace with creation…It is possible to read a different Christie title every month for almost seven years…”(p.40). In fact, there was so much material covered in the Christie notebooks that John Curran has just published a second book, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making:  More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks.

Another secret to the enduring interest in Christie’s work is her diversity. She created two of the world’s most famous detectives and very different creations they were: the very proper British spinster, Miss Jane Marple, and the well-traveled and fussy Belgian, Hercule Poirot. If you don’t like Miss Marple, try one of the Tommy and Tuppence stories (The Secret Adversary, Postern of Fate); if Poirot is not your cup of tea, maybe one of the stand-alone novels (The Sittaford Mystery, Ordeal by Innocence) would be more to your liking. Christie’s settings range from the English country house (Crooked House, Mysterious Affair at Styles) to the exotic Middle East (Murder in Mesopotamia, Death on the Nile) and even back in time to ancient Egypt (Death Comes As the End).

There was also Dame Agatha’s ability to create a puzzle and keep her reader guessing until the very end. If you have read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express and Curtain you know the surprising answer to the question “Who did it?” for each of these novels. Have you read the short stories in the collection titled The Mysterious Mr. Quin? Can you say just who (or what) is the mysterious Harley Quin?

Among the writers of her time, Agatha Christie was the only one to be successful in writing novels, short stories and plays (Mousetrap, Witness for the Prosecution). Her prodigious output over 50 plus years, her creation of diverse characters and settings, and her puzzling plots designed to hold the reader’s attention to the exciting final scenes have earned her the title “Queen of Crime”.

The library offers the works of Agatha Christie in a variety of formats: book, large print book, book on CD and DVD. You might also want to discover more of Dame Agatha’s secrets by reading John Curran’s books and some of the others written about her. So make a cup of tea and spend some time with the Queen of Crime!


Maryellen@Warrenton

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/1/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
2. The Litigators by John Grisham
3. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
4. Locked On by Tom Clancy
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. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
10. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
11. The Drop by Michael Connelly
12. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
13. Micro by Michael Crichton
14. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
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. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
5. Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
6. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck
7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
8. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
9. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
10. Then Again by Diane Keaton
11. Boomerang by Michael Lewis
12. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
13. Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
14. Bossypants by Tina Fey
15. Back to Work by Bill Clinton

Washington Post 1/1/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
3. The Litigators by John Grisham
4. Locked On by Tom Clancy
5. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
7. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
8. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
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. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
4. Guinness World Records 2012 (Library has 2011 edition)
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. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Books under discussion in January

The following books are under discussion at Fauquier County Public library branches in the month of January. Please visit the library’s website for dates, times and directions.

• January 9: Rothschild's Fiddle by Anton Chekhov (Warrenton -- Great Books)

• January 9: The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham (Bealeton)

• January 11: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (John Marshall -- Afternoon)

• January 19: Partner in Crime or Fire and Ice by J. A. Jance (Warrenton -- Mystery)

• January 30: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (John Marshall -- Evening)