Monday, April 30, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 4/28/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Innocent by David Baldacci
2. The Witness by Nora Roberts
3. Calico Joe by John Grisham
4. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods
5. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
6. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
7. What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen
8. Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
9. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
10. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
11. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
12. Betrayal by Danielle Steel
13. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
15. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Drift by Rachel Maddow
2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
3. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
4. The President’s Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
5. The Big Miss by Hank Haney
6. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
7. Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
10. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
11. A Natural Woman by Carole King
12. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
13. Trickle Down Tyranny by Michael Savage
14. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
15. Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs
 
Washington Post 4/28/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Innocent by David Baldacci
2. The Witness by Nora Roberts
3. Calico Joe by John Grisham
4. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
5. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods
6. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
7. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
8. What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen
9. Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr
10. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
2. The President’s Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
3. By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilson
4. The Circle Maker Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
5. Drift by Rachel Maddow
6. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
7. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson
10. Heroes For My Daughter by Brad Meltzer

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Hummingbird


Barely bigger than your thumb,
See it hover, hear it hum,
With beating wings so fast they’re blurred,
This helicopter of a bird.
From--

They’re coming!  The Ruby-Throated hummingbirds usually show up in Fauquier County around mid to late April and they have traveled a long way and are very hungry. Feeding and observing them is a great family activity, and the library has information for all ages

Two DVDs available at all the branches are:

The Excitement of Attracting and Caring for Hummingbirds

Available in the juvenile nonfiction section you'll find the following titles.



The Hummingbird in the Flowers by Susan Quimby Foster

In the adult non-fiction (598.764), there are lots of books on the subject of hummingbirds-- from attracting and feeding, to identifying and photographing.

We have an oversize book filled with big beautiful photographs by Ben Sonder---Hummingbirds: A Celebration of Natures Most Dazzling Creatures.

And finally, look at the website Hummingsbirds.net, for more information and maps to follow the ruby-throated hummers migration. Then you’ll be ready when they show up at your house.

Enjoy the hummingbirds with your family this year.

Sheree @ Warrenton

Monday, April 23, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 4/22/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Calico Joe by John Grisham
2. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
3. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
5. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
6. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
7. Betrayal by Danielle Steel
8. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
9. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
11. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
12. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
13. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
14. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
15. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Drift by Rachel Maddow
2. Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill
3. The Big Miss by Hank Haney
4. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
5. Trickle Down Tyranny by Michael Savage
6. A Natural Woman by Carole King
7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
9. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
10. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
11. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
12. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
13. Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs
14. Rebuild the Dream by Van Jones
15. Quiet by Susan Cain
 
Washington Post 4/22/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Calico Joe by John Grisham
2. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
3. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
5. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
6. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
7. Betrayal by Danielle Steel
8. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
9. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Heroes For My Daughter by Brad Meltzer
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
3. Drift by Rachel Maddow
4. The Circle Maker Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
5. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
6. Reverse Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan
7. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
9. Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill
10. Let It Go by T. D. Jakes

Friday, April 20, 2012

Did you know the library has books about …container gardening?


I have always wanted to be a gardener. I wanted to be able to charm and coax tender plants into luscious blooms and blossoms and have my friends and family envy my green thumb. That, however, was not meant to be.

My grandmother’s garden was a veritable wonder of color, my grandfather trimmed the edges of his lawn to precision with scissors, and my uncle turned a bare hillside into a showcase with scores of rhodendrum propogated in his own greenhouse with seasonal help from his students.

How the gardening gene passed me by, I don’t know, but it did. However, container gardening and gardening with succulents are great ways for low-maintenance gardeners like me to dabble.

Containers: A Garden Project Workbook by George Carter is a great resource for various container designs and plans. For each project plan there is a color photo of the end result, a materials and equipment list, and a fold out step by step instruction page. Most of these projects have just a few varieties of plants so it is not too overwhelming for the beginner. Container Gardening by Paul Williams has really beautiful combinations that are sure to inspire; again, there are planting details and container details for each project covered.

Cacti and succulents are great easy-care plants that don’t require constant attention. Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin has some good suggestions for beginners but it is also fun to browse the truly eye-popping creations as well. If you are looking for some fresh and fun ideas for containers, don’t miss this title.

To learn a bit more about the different varieties of cacti and succulents, take a look at The Complete Book of Cacti and Succulents by Terry Hewitt. There are ideas for displays including containers, window boxes, patio and terrace gardens as well as a beautifully illustrated section covering the description and care of common and not some common cacti and succulent varieties.

And if all else fails or you need a morale boost, take a look at 37 Houseplants Even You Can’t Kill by Mary Kate Hogan. No explanation needed!

Natalie @ Bealeton

Monday, April 16, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 4/15/12

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
2. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
3. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
4. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
5. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
6. Betrayal by Danielle Steel
7. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
8. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
9. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
10. Beastly Things by Donna Leon
11. Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark
12. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown
15. Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Drift by Rachel Maddow
2. The Big Miss by Hank Haney
3. Trickle Down Tyranny by Michael Savage
4. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
5. Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill
6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
7. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
8. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
9. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
10. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
11. Bloom by Kelle Hampton
12. Driving Mr. Yogi by Harvey Araton
13. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
14. Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
15. Rebuild the Dream by Van Jones

Washington Post 4/15/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
2. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
3. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
4. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
5. Betrayal by Danielle Steel
6. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
7. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
8. Beastly Things by Donna Leon
9. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
10. Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Weeknights with Giada by Giada de Laurentiis
2. Drift by Rachel Maddow
3. All In by Adrian Gostick
4. The Circle Maker Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
5. New American Haggadah by Jonathan Safran Foer
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Rebuild the Dream by Van Jones
8. Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine
9. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
10. The Big Miss by Hank Haney

Friday, April 13, 2012

That Sinking Feeling: 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Even after so many years, people remain fascinated by this tragedy. If you’d like to read about what happened that night in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, you can find both fictional and factual titles about the Titanic in the library.

Murder on the Titanic written by James Walker, is a mystery in which the Titanic's historic voyage serves as a backdrop. The story follows Morgan Fairfield as he fights to stay alive and protect his valuable cargo -- a proposed peace treaty. You’ll enjoy trying to guess “whodunit” in this story.

In A Night to Remember, Walter Lord interviewed surviving Titanic passengers, resulting in a gripping account of the ship's sinking. This classic nonfiction book tells of the behavior of passengers and crew, some noble, some shameful.

Or how about picking up 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic--But Didn't!  In 101 fascinating short chapters, Tim Maltin, one of the foremost experts on the Titanic, reveals the truth behind the most common beliefs about the ship and the night it sank.

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, a new book by Hugh Brewster, focuses on the first-class passengers, recreating an intimate atmosphere of the rich and powerful aboard the ship.

If you want a story to listen to, The Dressmaker  is available as a CD set, as well as in book form. Kate Alcott’s romance novel focuses on the survivors and the scandal that followed the sinking, as seen from the perspective of Tess, an aspiring fashion designer. As the story unfolds, her fortunes become entwined with those of real characters from the disaster.

There are Titanic titles available in electronic format as well, such as The Last Log of the Titanic and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Titanic.
It’s a dreadful but irresistible pun to close by saying I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg regarding the wealth of materials about the Titanic that may be found at your library. Check it out!

Amy, Volunteer @ Warrenton

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cars, and More Cars

Every April issue of Consumer Reports is devoted to automobiles, new and used.  The 2012 top picks includes five Toyota models, the first time in several years that one company has dominated the list.

The April issue rates and compares 276 new vehicles, by category, from hatchbacks to pickups. The vehicles are rated on owner cost, fuel economy, and road test scores.  There are also short profiles of 200+ vehicles.

The used cars section includes reliability history for 200+ vehicles, and an article on Seven ways to avoid a lemon.  Also included are ratings for the top tires to purchase, from all-season tires to all-terrain SUV and truck tires.

One interesting chart notes the most annoying driving habits as chosen by 896 American drivers polled by the Consumer Reports National Reseach Center.  "Texting on a cell phone while driving" scored the highest, followed closely by "able-bodied drivers parking in handicapped spaces" and "tailgaters."

Each branch of the Fauquier County Public Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue.  The Find It Virginia 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 vaild Fauquier County Public Library card.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 4/9/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
2. Guilty Wives by James Patterson
3. Betrayal by Danielle Steel
4. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
5. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
6. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
7. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
8. The Thief by Clive Cussler
9. Private Games by James Patterson
10. Defending Jacob by William Landry
11. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
12. Force of Nature by C. J. Box
13. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
14. Phantom by Ted Bell
15. The Expats by Chris Pavone

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Drift by Rachel Maddow
2. The Big Miss by Hank Haney
3. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
5. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
6. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
9. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
10. Quiet by Susan Cain
11. Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
12. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
13. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
14. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
15. Bringing Up Bébé by Paula Druckerman

Washington Post


Please note that the Washington Post Best Seller List
is unavailable at this time.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Are You a Radical Domestic?

If you grow and preserve your own food, you may be a radical domestic. If baking your own bread feeds your body and soul, you may be a radical domestic. And if you’re handy with a needle, in my book you are definitely a radical domestic.

What makes these skills radical? The fact that we embrace, rather than hide, our domestic talents. There was a time, not so long ago, when such skills were seen as old-fashioned, and anyone practicing them seemed out of touch with modern life.

Recently, we’ve come to recognize that such skills are not only useful, but satisfying. Additionally, if carefully thought out, they save us money, and may even provide an additional source of income. The Homestead Blessings set of instructional DVDs provides instructions from a group of homesteading women who seem to make everything from scratch. The library has nine titles in this series, including: The Art of Dairy Delights, in which you can learn to make ice cream, butter, and yogurt, and The Art of Gardening, which addresses everything from a small container garden to a large vegetable garden.

Ashley English and her family have a homestead in North Carolina, and she has written several books sharing what she’s learned. Canning and Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More  provides basic instructions along with plenty of step-by-step photos. Some of her other books address how to keep chickens and bees.

If you’d like to read about life as a homesteader, check out Jenna Woginrich’s book Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life, an enjoyable mix of memoir and how-to. Jenna gave up city life to rent a farm in Vermont, and her book tells about how she learned to become more self-reliant.

There are many new books and DVDs designed for novices and experienced practitioners alike, but don’t overlook titles that have been around for years. They’ve lasted for a good reason. If you’ve never looked at the magazine Mother Earth News, you’ll find it with our other magazines. The Foxfire Series of books recorded the lives and culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, collected by high school students who wanted to preserve their heritage. Foxfire 3: Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns, Ginseng, and Still More Affairs of Plain Living is an example of subjects covered in the series.

Whether you’re looking for tips on making your own clothes, healthier ways to clean your house, or suggestions on what to do with the astonishing number of zucchini you somehow grew, isn’t it great that domestic skills are now cool? You’re such a radical!

Amy, Volunteer @ Warrenton

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Play Ball!

It's baseball time again!  Time for those of us (myself included) who are not fond of winter sports to dust off our baseball caps, celebrate the arrival of spring, and get ready to cheer for our favorite teams.

Baseball's 2012 opening day is Wednesday, April 4.  Drop by the library that day to join us in celebrating the season's start with free popcorn. And, when you are not watching the games visit your nearest Fauquier County Public Library to check out a baseball-related book or DVD.

If you're interested in the history of baseball, Ken Burns's DVD documentary Baseball is a great place to start.  Full of interesting stories, useful facts, and wonderful video footage, this series is a must-see for every baseball fan.  Geoffrey C. Ward's book Baseball: An Illustrated History is based on the Ken Burns DVD series, and is full of interesting photos.  Sports Illustrated's The Baseball Book, published last year, includes historical information on the game and biographical information on many players.

If you prefer biographies, check out our large selection of books on early baseball players such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, well-known players such as Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig, and modern-day players such as Alex Rodriguez and Cal Ripkin.

Or, for those who would rather sit back in the comfort of their own homes and watch baseball on TV, check out these baseball movies: Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who turns his cornfield into a baseball field, and A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks as a coach in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II.

This is just a small portion of the baseball-realated resources at the library.  Happy baseball season, everyone!

Vicky@Warrenton

Monday, April 2, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 4/1/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
2. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
3. Force of Nature by C. J. Box
4. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
5. The Thief by Clive Cussler
6. Private Games by James Patterson
7. Phantom by Ted Bell
8. Defending Jacob by William Landry
9. Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning
10. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
11. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
12. Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
13. Fall From Grace by Richard North Patterson
14. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
15. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
3. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
6. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. Quiet by Susan Cain
9. Some Assembly Required by Anne and Sam Lamott
10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
11. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu - Library has CD book
12. Bringing Up Bébé by Paula Druckerman
13. Tough Shit by Kevin Smith
14. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
15. Revelations by Elaine Pagels

Washington Post
Please note that the Washington Post Best Seller List is unavailable at this time.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Club Discussions in April

The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of April.

• April 9:  Terrorist by John Updike (Bealeton Library, Book Club)

• April 11: Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan (John Marshall Library, Afternoon Book Club)

• April 19: Question of Belief by Donna Leon or Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri (Italian mysteries) (Warrenton Library, Mystery Book Club)

• April 30: Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (John Marshall Library, Evening Book Club)