Friday, December 21, 2012

Books That Shaped America

In June of this year, the Library of Congress began a multiyear Celebration of the Book with an interesting display of the Books That Shaped America.  Obviously, a topic like this will be pretty subjective, but Librarian of Congress, James Billington assures that it's not a list of the best books in America or even a comprehensive list of all the books that shaped our country.  Instead, he says, "It's a starting point." 

Either way, it's an interesting list to peruse and an interesting one to pull from for reading material.  It includes titles that, as Americans, maybe we should all go back and read, to remind us of how we started and where we came from. 

You can view the online exhibition alphabetically (strangely enough, in most cases, listed by the author's first name) or by theme, which in this case is fifty year time frames, dating from 1750 to 2000.

Here are a few of my favorites:




Ezra Jack Keats'  The Snowy Day

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird






Dawn S. @ Warrenton

 













Monday, December 17, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 12/16/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. The Racketeer by John Grisham 
4. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich  
5. The Forgotten by David Baldacci                  
6. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
7. The Black Box by Michael Connelly                    
8. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke      
9. Winter of the World by Ken Follett                     
10. The Last Man by Vince Flynn                             
11. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling                 
12. Cold Days by Jim Butcher                                 
13. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver                
14. Cross Roads by William Paul Young                    
15. The Round House by Louise Erdrich                 

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly   
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                    
3. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                    
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer              
5. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.                       
6. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin                                              
7. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson 
8. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver                         
9. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young                               
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                      
11. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid               
12. Dogfight by Calvin Trillin  
13. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
14. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon       
15. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo 

Washington Post 12/16/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney 
2. The Forgotten by David Baldacci                               
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                        
4. The Racketeer by John Grisham             
5. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson     
6. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich         
7. Winter of the World by Ken Follett  
8. The Last Man by Vince Flynn    
9. The Black Box by Michael Connelly      
10. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten  
2. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham 
3. Guinness World Records 2013 (NOTE: Library has 2012 ed.)   
4. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly  
6. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
7. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.  
8. The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson 
9. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath 
10. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver


Friday, December 14, 2012

A New Year for MBC

A new year brings a new reading list for the Mystery Book Club. Our selections are based on a number of factors, but we always start by asking our participants for recommendations. Consideration is then given to such questions as: Have we read this author before? If so, how long ago? Is this title in the middle of a series, or can we get the first title in this series? Are we able to order multiple copies or has this work gone out of print?

In 2013 we’ll be enjoying books by some well-established authors and also by some authors relatively new to the mystery/thriller world. Familiar names include Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben and James Lee Burke.

Those not so familiar include G M Malliet whose Wicked Autumn is the first in a series that has been described as a modern English village cozy; Alex Grecian whose first-in-series book, The Yard, evokes the style of Arthur Conan Doyle; and Attica Locke whose book, The Cutting Season, was chosen by Dennis Lehane as the first in his new line of books with HarperCollins.

Mystery Book Club’s entire year of reading is listed below. We are looking forward to lively discussions throughout 2013 and invite you to join us at noon on the third Thursday of each month.

January 17:  Dennis Lehane  Mystic River

February 21:   G M Malliet   Wicked Autumn

March 21:   John Verdon   Think of a Number

April 18:   Harlan Coben   The Woods

May 16:   Alex Grecian   The Yard

June 20:   Attica Locke   The Cutting Season

July 18:   Lincoln Child    Deep Storm OR The Third Gate

August 15:   Phillip Kerr    March Violets

September 19:   Camilla Lackberg   The Ice Princess

October 17:   James Lee Burke    Feast Day of Fools

November 21:   Charles Todd   The Murder Stone

December 19:  Book Chat/Year-End Review



Maryellen@Warrenton

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 12/9/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Cold Days by Jim Butcher
2. The Black Box by Michael Connelly
3. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
4. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
5. The Racketeer by John Grisham
6. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke
7. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
8. The Last Man by Vince Flynn
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
10. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
11. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
12. Cross Roads by William Paul Young
13. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
14. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
15. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


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. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
6. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
7. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
8. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
9. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson
10. Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis
11. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
14. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
15. The Joy of Hate by Greg Gutfeld

PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post bestseller lists were not published this week.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lee Child Read Alike

If you enjoy thrillers, especially those that have a central character whose adventures you follow in each installment, like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, you might enjoy tales by these authors.

Barry Eisler
G.M. Ford
Stephen Hunter
Gregg Hurwitz
George Pelecanos
Matthew Reilly
John Sandford
Daniel Silva
Randy Wayne White

For more book lists and reading recommendations, ask the reference librarian at your local library.




Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 12/2/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
2. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
3. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke
4. The Last Man by Vince Flynn
5. The Racketeer by John Grisham
6. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
7. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
10. Cross Roads by William Paul Young
11. Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
12. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
13. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
14. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
15. The Panther by Nelson DeMille

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham
2. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
4. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
5. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
6. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson
7. Bruce by Peter A. Carlin
8. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
9. The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid
10. The Patriarch by David Nasaw
11. The Joy of Hate by Greg Gutfeld
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
14. Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
15. The Outpost by Jake Tapper


PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post list was not published this week.