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)