Monday, February 25, 2013

And the Oscar Goes To....

Ever since All Quiet on the Western Front won the Academy Award for "Outstanding Production" (now the Best Picture category) in 1930,  book-related movies have dominated the Oscars winning circle.  2013 has proven to be no exception, as several nominated pictures have a book attached to their histories. 




Life of Pi


Originally published in 2001, Life of Pi was an instant literary and commercial success, despite being rejected by multiple publishers before finally being acquired by Knopf Canada.  Winner of the Booker Prize (Britain's leading literary award), Life of Pi is nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, and Best Adapted Screenplay.








Team of Rivals


Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's political biography; in fact, Goodwin was in the middle of writing her book when Spielberg told her that he wanted to buy the film rights to her book!  Lincoln is nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.








Les Miserables

This long-awaited film version of the blockbuster musical is based upon the stage show of the same name, which, in turn, is based upon Victor Hugo's 1862 epic.  Centered around characters experiencing the French rebellions from 1815-1832, Les Miserables received decidedly mixed reviews when first published, but was a great commercial success (including among Americans soldiers serving on both sides of the Civil War). Les Miserables is nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.








Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook is a 2008 debut novel by Matthew Quick, and is available as an eaudiobook through Overdrive.  The movie is nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.





What other book/play-based movies have won Best Picture? Here is a sample:

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Rebecca (1940)

Hamlet (1948)

All the King's Men (1949)

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Ben-Hur (1959)

The Sound of Music (1965) (stage production was based upon Maria Trapp's autobiography)

Oliver! (1968)

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Amadeus (1984)

Out of Africa (1985)

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Schindler's List (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

The English Patient (1996)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (based on The Two Towers and The Return of the King)





Best Seller Lists

New York Times 2/24/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Tenth of December by George Saunders
4. Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman
5. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
6. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
7. Suspect by Robert Crais
8. Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
9. The Dinner by Herman Koch
10. The Night Ranger by Alex Berenson
11. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer                                     
12. Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel
13. The Power Trip by Jackie Collins
14. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis                              
15. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
2. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
3. Coolidge by Amity Shlaes                                                 
4. The Future by Al Gore                                                     
5. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
6. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
7. Francona by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy
8. Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce
9. Long Shot by Mike Piazza
10. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer                   
11. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
12. Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey
13. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham
14. Detroit by Charlie LeDuff
15. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Washington Post 2/24/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
2. Tenth of December by George Saunders                            
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
4. Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman                                             
5. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
6. Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel
7. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
8. A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah                              
9. The Power Trip by Jackie Collins
10. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson   

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
2. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
3. Coolidge by Amity Shlaes                                                 
4. To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink                                    
5. My Share of the Task by Stanley McChrystal                              
6. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Ian K. Smith
7. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
8. Life Code by Phil McGraw                                                 
9. The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto
10. The Last Line of Defense by Ken Cuccinelli                         

Friday, February 22, 2013

Blind Date with a Book

How do you choose what to read next?  Do you read everything written by your favorite author and then seek something by others who write similar books?  Do you follow the best seller lists for guidance?  Do you just try to keep up with reading what your friends are reading?  Well, maybe by now you’re ready to try something really different.  How about a blind date with a book? 

Starting Feb. 28 the Warrenton Branch of the Fauquier Library will feature a display of books that have been disguised in plain wrappers.  Each book will have a few short descriptive notes written on the wrapper to catch your interest, but the notes are just enticements to let us fix you up with one of these books.  You really won’t know what you’re getting until you take the book out. 

We’re putting up this display because we understand that sometimes it’s hard to make yourself try something new.  A blind date with a book could be the start of a whole new romance.  You might fall in love with an author you’ve never heard of, fall for a character you wouldn’t have expected to like, or even become infatuated with a whole genre you might not have otherwise tried.  We think you will be pleasantly surprised.   

Meet your blind date at the library on February 28th!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Best Seller Lists




New York Times 2/17/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Tenth of December by George Saunders                            
3. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
4. Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
5. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan                       
6. Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel
7. Suspect by Robert Crais                                                  
8. A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah                              
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis                              
10. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer                                     
11. The Racketeer by John Grisham                                        
12. Deadly Stakes by J. A. Jance
13. Insane City by Dave Barry
14. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
15. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
2. American Sniper by Chris Kyle                                          
3. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
4. The Future by Al Gore
5. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright                                       
6. Francona by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy                
7. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                             
8. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer                   
9. Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey
10. Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer
11. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                   
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind
14. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg                               
15. Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb with Jane Lorenzini               

Washington Post 2/17/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
3. Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel                                       
4. Tenth of December by George Saunders                            
5. Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
6. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis                              
7. A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah                              
8. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
9. Suspect by Robert Crais                                                  
10. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer                                     

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin
2. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
3. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Ian K. Smith
4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni         
6. Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey     
7. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                   
8. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
9. The Future by Al Gore                                                     
10. Pursued by Jud Wilhite                                                    

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Best Seller Lists





New York Times 2/10/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
4. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
5. Tenth of December by George Saunders                            
6. Suspect by Robert Crais                                                  
7. A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah
8. Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley                       
9. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
10. The Racketeer by John Grisham                                        
11. Ever After by Kim Harrison                                              
12. Insane City by Dave Barry
13. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
14. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis                              
15. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
2. Francona by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy
3. Hitmaker by Tommy Mottola with Cal Fussman                   
4. Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey
5. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
6. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright                                       
7. The Future by Al Gore
8. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                             
9. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer                   
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
11. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                   
12. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
13. Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy                                
14. Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb with Jane Lorenzini
15. A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander             

Washington Post 2/10/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel                                       
2. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan                
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
4. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
5. A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah                              
6. Tenth of December by George Saunders
7. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
8. Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Suspect by Robert Crais

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto                         
2. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
3. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Ian K. Smith                   
4. To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink
5. Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey     
6. The Future by Al Gore                                                     
7. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
8. My Share of the Task by Stanley McChrystal                              
9. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                           
10. Rebooting Work by Maynard Webb & Carlye Adler

Monday, February 11, 2013

Famous Lovers in Literature


Orpheus and Eurydice by Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein
There have been many famous lovers throughout history—Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Napoleon and Josephine, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s time to think about books featuring the stories of famous literary couples.

The first couple most people think of is William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Another good example from Shakespeare is Antony and Cleopatra, although both stories end tragically.  From classical literature, how about the love story of Paris and Helen of Troy that started the Trojan War, and is recounted in Homer’s Iliad?  Or from Greek mythology, the story of Orpheus, who tries to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld?  In Homer’s The Odyssey, we have the story of Penelope, who waits faithfully for twenty long years to be reunited with her husband, Odysseus.

In more modern literature, we have Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy who, after a series of misunderstandings, live happily ever after in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind recounts the tempestuous relationship between the headstrong Scarlett O’Hara and the charming rogue Rhett Butler.  One less happy story is that of Heathcliff, who is driven mad by the death of Cathy, his true love, in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.  To end on a happier note, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, tells of the love between governess Jane and her employer Edward Rochester, proving that true love sometimes triumphs over all.

All the highlighted books are available for check out at the library.  Ask your librarian for assistance in finding these and other great stories.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Vicky, Warrenton Library

Monday, February 4, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 2/3/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
2. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson   
3. Suspect by Robert Crais
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. Ever After by Kim Harrison                                              
6. Tenth of December by George Saunders
7. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer                                     
8. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter                                   
9. The Racketeer by John Grisham
10. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis                              
11. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini                 
12. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
13. The Round House by Louise Erdrich                                   
14. Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods
15. Cross Roads by William Paul Young                                    

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
2. Francona by Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy                
3. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright                                       
4. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                             
6. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                   
7. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer                   
8. To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink
9. A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander             
10. The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
11. My Share of the Task by Stanley McChrystal
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
13. The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges                     
14. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg                               
15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed                                                    

Washington Post 2/3/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan                       
2. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson   
3. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
4. Suspect by Robert Crais
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
6. Ever After by Kim Harrison
7. Tenth of December by George Saunders
8. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
9. The Forgotten by David Baldacci                                               
10. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
2. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Ian K. Smith                   
3. To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink                                    
4. True Refuge by Tara Brach                                              
5. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright                                       
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
7. Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham                                   
8. After the Music Stopped by Alan S. Blinder                         
9. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
10. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer                   

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Book Discussions


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