Friday, August 24, 2012

An Afternoon of Chess

Do you remember playing chess with your father or grandfather as a kid? I do, and those memories are some of the best. I was a slow learner but after I caught on to the game I was constantly vying with my brothers for a chance to play against Dad.

Many of us no longer have a family member who recalls how to play chess but it was once a very common activity, especially among men. Much more than a pass-time, chess has been very influential from a political and historical perspective as you will discover if you read David Shenk’s The Immortal Game: A History of Chess, Or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Human Brain.

You might want to read a little about some of the great chess competitions of the past and for that I recommend Bobby Fischer Goes to War: The True Story of How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of all time by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.  Or if you like trying to outsmart computers, read The Turk: The life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine by Tom Standage.

To bring the game home to the present and find out how chess playing probably produced the first geeks read Game of Kings: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America’s Top High School Chess team by Michael Weinreb.

Chess strategies have useful parallels and applications in the conduct of business and daily life as you will see if you check out Bruce Pandolfini’s book Every Move Must have a Purpose: Strategies From Chess for Business and Life or Maurice Ashley’s Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens.

Chess has also inspired some interesting fiction. Teens might like Checkmate by Walter Dean Myers or The Eight by Katherine Neville.

When you are ready to plunge right into playing the game you can start with the U.S. Chess Federation’s Official Rules of Chess or, better yet, come join us at the library for an afternoon of chess at the library. Meetings are two Saturdays a month.  Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862 to reserve your place.

Jeanne @ Warrenton

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 8/19/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
3. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
4. Charon’s Claw by R. A. Salvatore
5. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
6. The Spymasters by W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth
7. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
8. Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon
9. Black List by Brad Thor
10. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
11. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
13. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
14. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
15. You Don’t Want to Know by Lisa Jackson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. The Amateur by Edward Klein
3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
6. Dearie by Bob Spitz
7. Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt
8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
10. The Dream Team by Jack McCallum
11. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
12. The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz
13. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers
14. Red Ink by David Wessel
15. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

NOTE: The Best Seller lists for the Washington Post  are not available this week.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gentle Reads, vol. II

The Christian fiction genre includes the variety of mystery, romance, science fiction, historical fiction, and suspense novels. Last week I introduced you to some titles in the Christian fiction category in the library's collection.  This week, I'd like to tell you about a few more possibilities for your reading pleasure.

Do you enjoy reading books that are set in the Amish or Mennonite culture?  If so, you might be interested in  the Miller Family series by Mary Ellis or the Adams County Trilogy series by Jerry Eicher.  Or how about an African-American story like The Someday List by Stacy Adams?

For a good mystery, read the Supper Club Mystery series by J.B. Stanley.  Or if you prefer suspense, try Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann or the Women of Justice series by Lynette Eason.

If you like adventure stories, try the Babylon Rising series by Tim LaHaye or the Rift in Time series by Michael Phillips.  For the science fiction fan, consider the Underground Zealot series by Jerry Jenkins.

Other tried and true favorites include:


Happy Reading!

Mary Sue @ Warrenton

Monday, August 13, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 8/12/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
3. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
4. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
5. Black List by Brad Thor
6. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
7. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
8. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
9. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
11. Broken Harbor by Tana French
12. Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
13. Haven by Kay Hooper
14. Backfire by Catherine Coulter
15. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
5. The Amateur by Edward Klein
6. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
7. The Dream Team by Jack McCallum
8. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
9. Red Ink by David Wessel
10. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers
11. Bailout by Neil Barofsky
12. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
13. Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt
14. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
15. The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Washington Post 8/12/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
4. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
5. Black List by Brad Thor
6. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
7. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
8. Broken Harbor by Tana French
9. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
2. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
3. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
5. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
6. A Time to Betray by Reza Kahlili
7. The Second World War by Antony Beevor
8. Succeed by Heidi Grant Halvorson
9. Red Ink by David Wessel
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gentle Reads, vol. I

Are you looking for a good, clean read? Check out some of the library’s Christian fiction titles. The genre  includes a nice variety of in nearly every fiction genre.

If you like a humorous read that includes animals, try Norah's Ark by Judy Baer.

The Drama Queen series by Tracey Bateman and the Weddings by Bella series by Janice Thompson are modern-day romantic comedies that will delight. A modern-day light romance to try is A Billion Reasons Why by Kristen Billerback.  If light historical romance is more to your liking, try Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Sawyer.

Or how about some historical fiction?  How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser is a fictionalized version of the Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's story and  The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen is reminiscent of Jane Austen with a hint of mystery. Both are good reads.

If you like Bible heroes, try the Chronicles of the Kings series by Lynn Austin.

For the lover of westerns, consider the Sophie's Daughters series by Mary Connealy or the Noble Legacy series by Susan Warren.

Check out Book Notes again next week for even more Christian fiction titles and authors.   Or see our full list of recommended Christian Fiction reads.

Mary Sue @ Warrenton

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Electronic Gadgets Galore!

The August issue of Consumer Reports is full of information on electronic devices--E-book readers, tablets, smartphones,  laptops, and cameras.  The related article on "Beachproofing Your Gear" may be helpful for those of you heading to the beach. 

Do you like pasta?  If so, check out the ratings for pasta sauce--Giada De Laurentiis's tomato basil sauce got the highest ratings.  If you prefer to eat out, check out the ratings for 102 of the biggest chain restaurants in America, organized by type of food.

If you're concerned about safety issues in your local hospital, the article "How Safe is Your Hospital?" may be of interest.  Listed are over 250 hospitals in several states (including Virginia) that were rated on infections, readmissions, complications, and other categories.

For anyone who may have missed the July issue, the article on the "Best Ways to Save Gas" and the list of cars recommended for fuel economy may be of interest.  If you're planning to remodel your kitchen anytime soon, check out the ratings for flooring, countertops, sinks, and cooking appliances.

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.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 8/5/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
3. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
4. Black List by Brad Thor
5. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
6. Broken Harbor by Tana French
7. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
8. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
9. Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
11. Judgment Call by J. A. Jance
12. Backfire by Catherine Coulter
13. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
14. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
15. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. The Amateur by Edward Klein
5. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
6. The Corruption Chronicles by Tom Fitton
7. The Dream Team by Jack McCallum
8. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
9. Bailout by Neil Barofsky
10. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
11. The Mobile Wave by Michael Saylor
12. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
13. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
14. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
15. The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean

Washington Post 8/5/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin 2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Black List by Brad Thor
4. Broken Harbor by Tana French
5. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
6. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
7. I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
8. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
9. Backfire by Catherine Coulter
10. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Mobile Wave by Michael Saylor
2. The Corruption Chronicles by Tom Fitton
3. How by Dov Seidman
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
5. The Influence Game by Stephanie Vance
6. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
9. Wait by Frank Partnoy
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Sizzling

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about . . . cooking outdoors!

(If you’re disappointed that this isn’t about hot romance, check the catalog using keywords like Contemporary Romance or Love Stories.)

Now, let’s grill! We must start with The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen. This book has over 500 barbecue recipes from around the world; it’s great both for new ideas and just to refresh and revise favorite recipes. The recipes also feature easy-to-find ingredients, a big plus.

Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons takes grilling to the next level. For instance, instead of corn on the cob, he offers grilled corn with cheese and chili. Don’t let that scare you off, though, as the recipes look pretty quick and delicious!

How about a cookbook for when you’re on the road? The Open Road Cookbook  offers easy recipes for RVers, campers, anyone who wants healthy home cooking while traveling.

The Kids Campfire Book has favorite recipes for kids to try, plus lots more: games, nature information (how to make a fire, and about fire flies), and songs.

Turn to some of our magazines to learn how to do solar cooking, or use the sun to dry food. Others will offer tempting photos and recipes for more traditional cookouts and picnics.

One of my favorite quotes about outdoor cooking comes from William Geist, an American author and television journalist. He said, “I'm a man. Men cook outside. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn't understood, you'd never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing weenies on the front, and messages like 'Come 'n' Get It!" I hope you like it as much as I did.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Book club discussions for August

The following books are under discussion at Fauquier County public libraries in August.