Monday, July 30, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/29/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
4. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
5. Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
6. Backfire by Catherine Coulter
7. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
10. Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
11. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
12. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
13. Calico Joe by John Grisham
14. Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston
15. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
3. The Amateur by Edward Klein
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. The Dream Team by Jack McCallum
6. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
7. The Mobile Wave by Michael Saylor
8. A Year Up by Gerald Chertavian
9. The Communist by Paul Kengor
10. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
11. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
12. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
13. Out of the Blue by Victor Cruz with Peter Schrager
14. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
15. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Washington Post 7/29/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
4. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
5. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
6. Backfire by Catherine Coulter
7. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
8. Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
9. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
10. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Mobile Wave by Michael Saylor
2. A Year Up by Gerald Chertavian
3. A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
5. Barack Obama by David Maraniss
6. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
7. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
8. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
10. How by Dov Seidman

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Games

I’ve been an Olympic Games fan for as long as I can remember.

Watching the Olympics was a big deal during my childhood. We played Summer Games/Winter Games on our Commodore 64 (check this out for major laughs — that’s gaming 80s style, ladies and gentlemen), and visited the World Figure Skating Museum in Colorado Springs.

We saw the history-making 1996 women’s gymnastics team on their post-Olympics tour. While scandals have unfortunately tainted the Games and the concept of “amateur athletes” has become rather blurry, the Olympics still make enthralling television.

As much as I enjoy the Winter Games, I must say that the Summer Games are my favorite games. There are only so many skiing competitions I can watch before I lose interest. Summer, on the other hand, features an array of the classic favorites (gymnastics, track and field, swimming, diving), and the unusual (fencing, weightlifting, rhythmic gymnastics).

The London games open on July 27; Michael Phelps is poised to become the most decorated Olympian of all time and the U.S. men’s gymnastics team is said to be the strongest one in decades. I am so ready for the London Olympics.

In between cheering for Team USA, I plan to read some of our new Olympics-themed books:

Off Balance: A Memoir - At the age of 14, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 gold medal winning US women’s gymnastics team. Her swift, daring routines made her a stand-out, while her petite height and spunky personality won over the crowd. Anyone who has read Little Girls in Pretty Boxes or just has some idea of the pressure and hours and hours of practice endured by elite gymnasts knows that ordinary childhoods are rare for these teenage girls. Moceanu’s childhood was no exception, with the addition of a difficult home life. Her memoir sheds light on her troubled childhood, discovering a sister given up for adoption, and her personal and professional achievements in her adulthood.


Flight From Berlin (by David John) - This suspense/thriller set during the 1936 Berlin Olympics received excellent reviews; Olympics-themed fiction is rare, so this will be a treat.

Gold (by Chris Cleave) - Gold takes us into the world of competitive cycling seen through the eyes of two friends and rivals for Olympic gold. This also received great reviews.

Running With the Kenyans - Why do Kenyan runners dominate running competitions? Author Adharanand Finn traveled to Kenya to discover the secrets, training, and motivation of Kenyan runners. Not only is this an exploration of running culture, but it’s also a look into Kenyan society.

I’m also looking forward to Sports Illustrated’s coverage of the Olympics; I am always impressed with the quality of each issue, so I’m confident that their Olympics coverage will be top-notch. ESPN Magazine will undoubtedly also provide coverage of the 2012 Games. You can browse the latest issues at the library (Sports Illustrated is available at the Warrenton Library and ESPN Magazine is available at the Bealeton Library) and check out older editions (can be delivered to any branch).

If you’re stumped by synchronized swimming, confused by curling, or puzzled by the pole vault, you need to have Total Sports at hand during the Olympics. Featuring every Olympic sport (in addition to non-Olympic sports), readers will learn about the traditions, history, rules, and famous athletes in each sport. It’s perfect for the entire family.

Are you ready for the Games? USA! USA! USA! USA!

Jennifer @ Warrenton

Monday, July 23, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/22/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
2. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Backfire by Catherine Coulter
5. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
6. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
7. The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
10. Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
11. Criminal by Karin Slaughter
12. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
13. Calico Joe by John Grisham
14. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
15. Bloodline by James Rollins

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
3. The Dream Team by Jack McCallum
4. The Amateur by Edward Klein
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
6. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
8. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
9. Mick by Christopher Andersen
10. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
11. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
12. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
13. Presumed Guilty by Jose Baez & Peter Golenbock
14. Wherever I Wind Up by R. A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey
15. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh

Please note that there is no updated list for the Washington Post this week.

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Moonwalk to Remember

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Are you old enough to remember astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ("Buzz") Aldrin, Jr. bouncing among lunar craters and Armstrong saying, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"?

Young readers will enjoy Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. They’ll read about the equipment, the roar of the rockets, and then the incredible silence of the moon. Be sure to pay attention to the endpapers in this book—they’re unusually informative. Slightly older children might want to pick up Andrew Chaikin’s Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon. This book is illustrated with paintings by astronaut and artist Alan Bean, who became the fourth man to walk on the moon.

Adults can find several biographies on Apollo astronauts in our collection, or turn to a nonfiction title such as Apollo: the Race to the Moon, Charles Murray’s classic recounting of how the U.S. got to the moon. This book focuses on the many many people who were involved in making the space program successful. Before ever beginning his mission, Neil Armstrong stressed the importance of that teamwork, saying "It will not be one man going to the Moon… it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there."

If you love all things space, check out our materials on this historic event. Whether you read a book or ebook, watch a movie, or listen to a CD, you’re bound to learn something about the Apollo missions that will surprise you. For instance, did you know that the total lunar rock samples from the Apollo missions weighed nearly 900 lbs.?

Beat the summer heat by taking a very long distance trip in your mind.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/15/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
3. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
4. Criminal by Karin Slaughter
5. Bloodline by James Rollins
6. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
9. Calico Joe by John Grisham
10. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
11. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
12. Canada by Richard Ford
13. Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
14. Gold by Chris Cleave
15. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. The Amateur by Edward Klein
3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
4. An American Son by Marco Rubio
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
6. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
7. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
8. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
9. Becoming Sister Wives by Kody Brown et al.
10. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
11. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
12. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
13. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
14. Barack Obama by David Maraniss
15. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Washington Post 7/15/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
3. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
4. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
5. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
6. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
7. Criminal by Karin Slaughter
8. Calico Joe by John Grisham
9. Bloodline by James Rollins
10. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
2. The Circle Maker Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
3. Achievable Dream College Board Lessons…
4. Barack Obama by David Maraniss
5. Leadocracy Hiring More Great Leaders… by Geoff Smart
6. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
7. An American Son by Marco Rubio
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
9. The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King
10. The Amateur by Edward Klein

Friday, July 13, 2012

Let's Go to the Fair!

Are you having a hard time deciding on a vacation destination this year? Why not visit a state or county fair?

If you want to stay local, many of the surrounding counties have annual fairs planned for the summer. You will find fun food, great entertainment and everyone’s favorite, farm animals.

Check out the VA state website to find one near or far.  Of course, you'll definitely want to keep our own Fauquier County Fair in the queue for a visit. Scheduled for July 19-22, there's a great line-up of entertainment, events and competitions.

Get your kids excited about their visit by helping them create an entry with simple baked goods, art work, or home-grown vegetables. Your kids will treasure a ribbon won at the fair. The library has lots of books about fairs to help ramp up the excitement for your stay-cation fair visit.

My personal favorite is the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Virginia. Here you can still see the 4-H kids sleeping with and caring for their animals. These kids are always willing to tell you a story and, while the grandstands may be a bit worn, the entertainment is always great. And they always have all the junk food you look for at a state fair: ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cake, hot dogs and more.

You could spend days at a state fair enjoying food, fun, exhibits and entertainment. Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland all have spectacular fairs August to October. The State Fair of Virginia is held in late September in beautiful in Caroline County. The farm, converted into a perfect fair venue, was once home of the Triple Crown winner, Secretariat. There are many free concerts, the biggest pumpkins you have ever seen, and cows, sheep, tractors and fun for everyone. Plan your trip with info found under events of your favorite state.

Enjoy your visit to the fair.

Library staff member @ Warrenton

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/8/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
3. Bloodline by James Rollins
4. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
5. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
6. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
7. Calico Joe by John Grisham
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. Canada by Richard Ford
10. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
11. Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
12. The Innocent by David Baldacci
13. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
14. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
15. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. The Amateur by Edward Klein
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. An American Son by Marco Rubio
5. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
6. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
7. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
8. Becoming Sister Wives by Kody Brown et al.
9. What Really Happened by Rielle Hunter
10. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
11. Barack Obama by David Maraniss
12. Unintended Consequences by Edward Conard
13. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
14. What the (Bleep) Just Happened? by Monica Crowley
15. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers



Please note that there is no updated list for the Washington Post this week.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Food Network Stars

Are you addicted to the Food Network? Well, join the crowd. My favorites are Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Pioneer Woman.

I recently took a short trip to Portsmouth, Virginia for the sole purpose of visiting a fried chicken joint that Guy Fieri had featured on one of his shows. Sorry to say the chicken was not as good as my mother’s, but a fun visit and the workers love to talk about Guy’s visit

As much as I love watching the shows, there are not many recipes that I really try. Most seem too complicated or use ingredients that I don’t have around the house. Last night I prepared a blueberry cobbler that I saw Ree Drummond prepare on her show Pioneer Woman. I just love her life. But back to the recipe, it was wonderful and super simple and will be a regular around my house, so I must share.

Recipe: Blackberry Cobbler #1

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 8

Ingredients:
• 1 stick Butter
• 1-1/4 cup Sugar
• 1 cup Self-Rising Flour
• 1 cup Milk
• 2 cups Blackberries (frozen Or Fresh)

Preparation Instructions:
Melt butter in a microwavable dish. Pour 1 cup of sugar and flour into a mixing bowl, whisking in milk. Mix well. Then, pour in melted butter and whisk it all well together. Butter a baking dish.

Now rinse and pat dry the blackberries. Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle blackberries over the top of the batter; distributing evenly. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the top.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden and bubbly. If you desire, sprinkle an additional teaspoon of sugar over the cobbler 10 minutes before it’s done.

Since it is blueberry season and I prefer blueberries over blackberries, I did a substitute and it was wonderful. I didn’t add the extra sugar at the end and it was plenty sweet enough. I used a 9 by 13 inch pan, so mine was a thin cobbler and did not take the full hour to cook. Go by the guidelines of golden brown and bubbly, you will not be disappointed. I now can’t wait for peaches to come into season so that I can give that a try. I think this will work with a variety of fruits.

The library has cookbooks from many of the Food Network Stars. There is Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook, many books by Paula Deen and her sons; by Giada De Laurentiis---Giada at Home and Giada’s Kitchen.  Consider planning your next trip to a favorite food spot with Guy Fieri, Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives: An All American Road Trip and Ree Drummonds, The Pioneer woman cooks: food from my frontier.

Happy Cooking,

Library Staff

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 7/1/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Calico Joe by John Grisham
4. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
5. Canada by Richard Ford
6. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
7. The Innocent by David Baldacci
8. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
9. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
10. Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
11. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
12. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
13. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
14. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
15. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Amateur by Edward Klein
2. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
6. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
7. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
8. Barack Obama by David Maraniss
9. Unintended Consequences by Edward Conard
10. An American Son by Marco Rubio
11. What the (Bleep) Just Happened? by Monica Crowley
12. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
13. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers
14. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
15. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Washington Post 7/1/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Calico Joe by John Grisham
4. The Innocent by David Baldacci
5. The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
6. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
7. Canada by Richard Ford
8. 11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
9. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
10. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Barack Obama by David Maraniss
2. Unintended Consequences by Edward Conard
3. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
5. Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
6. The Amateur by Edward Klein
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
9. The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper
10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Book Club Discussions for July

The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of July. See the library's website for details on meeting dates and times.













• July 2: Genesis from the Bible (Warrenton Library, Great Books Club)

• July 9: In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson (Bealeton Library Book Club)

• July 11: Bloodmoney by David Ignatius (Marshall Library, Afternoon Book Club)

• July 19: In the Bleak Mid-Winter by Julia Spender-Fleming (Warrenton Library, Mystery Book Club)

• July 30: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Marshall Library, Evening Book Club)