Monday, April 29, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 4/28/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
2. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark                   
3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson                                         
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. Taking Eve by Iris Johansen                                             
6. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout                                
7. Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
8. Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods                        
9. Six Years by Harlan Coben                                                       
10. Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
11. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
13. A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr                                  
14. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult                                           
15. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho                        

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
2. The Athena Doctrine by John Gerzema & Michael D’Antonio
3. Gulp by Mary Roach                                                        
4. Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds & Dorian Hannaway
5. The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti                                      
6. Give and Take by Adam Grant                                          
7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
8. The Great Deformation by David Stockman
9. My Way by Paul Anka
10. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
11. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
12. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
13. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
14. Clean by David Sheff
15. Carrie and Me by Carol Burnett                                         

Washington Post 4/28/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
2. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark                   
3. Taking Eve by Iris Johansen
4. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
6. A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr
7. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson                                         
8. Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline                                               
9. Starting Now by Debbie Macomber                                    
10. Six Years by Harlan Coben                                                       

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha by John Romaniello
3. The One Thing by Gary Keller
4. The Dispensable Nation by Vali Nasr
5. It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow                                       
6. The Athena Doctrine by John Gerzema & Michael D’Antonio   
7. The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti
8. The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy
9. Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie    
10. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young


Friday, April 26, 2013

Do Judge a Book By Its Cover!

 As I sort through favorite juvenile fiction titles from childhood, looking for stories that would meet with the approval of my six year-old son, I have found that a good number of childhood favorites have been repackaged for today’s audiences. While I understand the marketing strategy behind the new covers with their bright, cartoony characters, I can’t help but think that the books have lost a little of their appeal. Take Ramona, for example, I have to favor the scritchy haired girl in Louis Darling’s pen and ink drawings. She looks and feels like Ramona to me. The new Ramona just doesn’t have the same attitude.  

Then there is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.  The original illustrations were done by MauriceSendak of Wild Things fame.  Why on earth anyone felt the need to redo those pictures is a mystery to me.
Now, I am not against change altogether. I know of several wonderful series that aren’t getting the circulation they deserve because their covers lack appeal for today’s audiences. (The Black Cauldron series and The Dark Is Rising series are the first that come to mind.) It makes me wonder if today’s children really are that different from my 6 year-old self and how that came to be. Maybe I’ll do my own research with my son to see which pictures will be featured in his childhood memories.
You can be sure that I will be reading some of the originals to my son. Thankfully they are still available here in the Fauquier Library Collection. I know it is just a matter of personal preference, but I do feel that the pictures help make the characters come alive.  Sometimes you do have to judge a book by its cover after all.

Jennifer @ Bealeton

Monday, April 22, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 4/21/2013


Hardcover Fiction
1. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
2. Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
4. Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods
5. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
6. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                
8. Six Years by Harlan Coben
9. Starting Now by Debbie Macomber                                   
10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult                                          
11. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer                                     
12. Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
13. Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry                                     
14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
15. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Give and Take by Adam Grant
3. Gulp by Mary Roach
4. Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds & Dorian Hannaway
5. The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti                                     
6. My Way by Paul Anka
7. The Great Deformation by David Stockman
8. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                             
9. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
10. A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander
11. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                         
12. Sum It Up by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins
13. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
14. Carrie and Me by Carol Burnett
15. Clean by David Sheff

Washington Post 4/21/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark                  
2. Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
3. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout                               
4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                
6. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
7. Starting Now by Debbie Macomber                                   
8. Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods
9. Six Years by Harlan Coben
10. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer                                      

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Nature’s Fortune by Mark R. Tercek & Jonathan S. Adams
2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
3. Give and Take by Adam M. Grant
4. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
5. The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti                                     
6. It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow                                      
7. The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy
8. Inside the Black Box by Rishi K. Narang                            
9. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
10. To Sell is Human by Daniel H. Pink

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 4/14/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Starting Now by Debbie Macomber                                 
2. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho                      
3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson                                       
4. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout                              
5. Six Years by Harlan Coben
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                               
7. Lover At Last by J. R. Ward                                            
8. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
9. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy                                 
10. Z by Therese Anne Fowler
11. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson                                
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin                  
13. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
14. All That Is by James Salter
15. The Dinner by Herman Koch                                            

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Gulp by Mary Roach
3. Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
4. The Great Deformation by David Stockman                      
5. Secrets of Silicon Valley by Deborah Perry Piscione           
6. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
7. Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds & Dorian Hannaway
8. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou                               
9. Sum It Up by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins                    
10. Clean by David Sheff
11. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
12. A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander
13. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
14. The Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson   
15. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Washington Post 4/14/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
2. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho                      
3. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout                              
4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson                                       
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. Six Years by Harlan Coben                                                     
7. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
8. All That Is by James Salter
9. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy                                 
10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult                                           

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
3. It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow
4. Secrets of Silicon Valley by Deborah Perry Piscione
5. The Great Deformation by David Stockman
6. Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath
7. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                          
8. Gulp by Mary Roach
9. The FastDiet by Michael Mosley                                      
10. From Values to Action by Harry M. Kraemer                                

Friday, April 12, 2013

Get Rid of the Gym Membership! Let Your Library Card Flex Its Muscles!


With the renewed energy that comes with knowing that spring, and then summer (that dreaded bathing suit season!) are right around the corner, it’s time again to start thinking about getting active. The winters in Virginia are rough for me, being a native Floridian. Constantly being cooped up indoors really takes its toll on my mind, as well as my body. When the first signs of sun and warmth start to appear, I get a fresh surge of energy. It's time to get my mind and body back on track!

The library is a great place to find out what your perfect "get fit" plan might be. There are books on virtually any type of diet and exercise program. If you've ever thought about trying yoga or Pilates, the library has books and DVD's for you to borrow. There are books, magazines, and videos on walking, running, weight training, and water workouts, just to name a few.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In the Market for a New Vehicle?

Every April issue of Consumer Reports magazine is devoted to automobiles, new and used.  The 2013 top picks include three Honda models, as well as models from Toyota, Scion, Hyundai, Subaru, BMW, and Audi.

This year's ratings section compares 281 new vehicles, from subcompacts to pickups.  The vehicles are rated on road test scores, owner cost, and fuel economy.  Following this section are short profiles of over 240 vehicles, including ratings for reliability, satisfaction, and owner cost.

The used cars section includes an article on the best and worst used cars, and an article on reliable used cars for every budget.  Another article discusses "Flood cars" (cars that were water damaged during a major storm), and the signs of water damage in vehicles.

One especially interesting article discussed the options new cars have for accessing music other than the standard AM and FM stations, including iPods and satellite radio.  It also discusses options for Bluetooth and GPS.  One of the latest trends is a full infotainment system--these integrate a vehicle's communication, navigation, audio, and climate systems.  So far, Ford and Lincoln have such systems.

Another interesting article notes cool new features available on some models--fatigue monitoring, inflatable safety belts, and a foot-operated trunk and tailgate release, among others.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Public Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue.  The Find It Virginia 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 Public Library card.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 4/7/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Lover At Last by J. R. Ward 
2. Six Years by Harlan Coben
3. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
4. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear        
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
7. The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
8. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
9. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy                                   
10. Z by Therese Anne Fowler
11. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin                    
12. The Striker by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
13. The Dinner by Herman Koch
14. Breaking Point by C. J. Box
15. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss                                         
3. Sum It Up by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins
4. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
5. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                              
6. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
7. The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis & Anthony DeCurtis
8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
9. A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander             
10. Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson                                            
11. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                             
12. American Sniper by Chris Kyle                                          
13. The Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson
14. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan                         
15. Until I Say Good-Bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel & Bret Witter 
 
NOTE: The Washington Post lists were not published this week.




Friday, April 5, 2013

Siblings---Gotta Love 'Em


 
While not a Congressional holiday, National Siblings Day, April 10th, is a time to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters.  They were your partners in crime, made you laugh, made you cry, pulled your hair, ate your crayons; whatever happened growing up, they are often our best friends and supporters through life.  Another reason to celebrate is that not everyone is lucky enough to have siblings. Their lives are significantly different growing up, and throughout life.  So compelling is this relationship that hundreds of non-fiction books and novels have been written around it, allowing even those that have never experienced it in person to discover its joys and hardships. 

Children’s books range from helping young ones cope with the changes brought by a new infant to fictional classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis.   More recent additions include The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood.  The Children’s section does not have a monopoly on sibling fiction; the Adult collection offers such choices as A Far Country by Daniel Mason and George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, in which sibling relationships and rivalries are a driving force. 

The suggestions above are only a fraction of the choices available.  You might be seeking a book that reminds you of some of those childhood hijinks or wondering what it would have been like to have a sibling.  Perhaps, as in the case of A Song of Ice and Fire, you just want something that reminds you that your relationship with your sibling isn’t nearly as messed up as you thought it was.  Whatever you’re looking for, the Library has something for you!
 
Kate @ Warrenton and Bealeton

Monday, April 1, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 3/31/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Six Years by Harlan Coben
2. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson                                 
5. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy                                  
6. The Striker by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
7. Breaking Point by C. J. Box
8. Halo: Silentium by Greg Bear
9. The Dinner by Herman Koch
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin                   
11. Damascus Countdown by Joel C. Rosenberg
12. Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb                                    
13. The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
14. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs                                        
15. Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
3. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
4. Sum It Up by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins                     
5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                       
6. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer                  
7. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                             
8. The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis & Anthony DeCurtis
9. Until I Say Good-Bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel & Bret Witter
10. The Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson    
11. American Sniper by Chris Kyle                                         
12. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly                                            
13. A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander            
14. Detroit by Charlie LeDuff
15. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo                  


Washington Post 3/31/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Six Years by Harlan Coben                                                      
2. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson                                 
3. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult                                          
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                
5. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
6. The Striker by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
7. Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb
8. The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
9. A Story of God and All of Us by Roma Downey & Mark Burnett     
10. The Dinner by Herman Koch

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
3. The FastDiet by Michael Mosley
4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
5. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor                             
6. Patients Come Second by Paul Spiegelman & Britt Berrett
7. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Ian K. Smith
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                           
9. Wheel of Fortune by Thane Gustafson                               
10. Out of Order by Sandra Day O’Connor

April Book Discussions



 


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









*April 1 - A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, (Warrenton Great Books Group)

*April 10 - The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

*April 15 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker, (Bealeton Book Club)

*April 18 - The Woods by Harlan Coben, (Warrenton Mystery Book Club)

*April 29 - The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon, (Marshall Evening Book Club)