Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/28/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The English Girl by Daniel Silva
2. Inferno by Dan Brown
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith                            
4. First Sight by Danielle Steel
5. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
6. Hidden Order by Brad Thor                                              
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
9. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
10. Bombshell by Catherine Coulter
11. Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks                                           
12. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen                                            
13. Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen
14. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff (NOTE: Library has CD book)
15. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher                       

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
2. This Town by Mark Leibovich
3. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
4. Zealot by Reza Aslan                                                       
5. Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry                                         
6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
7. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
8. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                                               
9. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson           
10. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson                             
11. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle                   
12. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
13. Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty
14. Unbreakable by Jenni Rivera with Marissa Mateo                 
15. I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman

Washington Post 7/28/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The English Girl by Daniel Silva
2. Inferno by Dan Brown                                                     
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
4. First Sight by Danielle Steel
5. Hidden Order by Brad Thor
6. Bombshell by Catherine Coulter
7. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman                       
10. Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen                                            

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. This Town by Mark Leibovich                                            
2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
3. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                           
5. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
6. Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry
7. Zealot by Reza Aslan
8. Gettysburg by Allen C. Guelzo
9. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
10. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/21/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
2. Hidden Order by Brad Thor                                             
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
5. Bombshell by Catherine Coulter                                       
6. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                
8. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
9. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
10. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
11. The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
12. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
13. The Eye of God by James Rollins
14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
15. Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton                                       

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
3. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris                      
4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                       
5. I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman
6. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                                              
7. Unbreakable by Jenni Rivera with Marissa Mateo
8. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle
9. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson
10. Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty                  
11. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
12. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
13. Gettysburg by Allen C. Guelzo                                          
14. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis
15. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

Washington Post 7/21/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3. Bombshell by Catherine Coulter
4. Hidden Order by Brad Thor                                             
5. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
6. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls                                   
10. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                            
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                           
3. Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath                                      
4. The 100 by Jorge Cruise                                                 
5. Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible by Paula Deen & Melissa Clark           
6. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                          
8. Gettysburg by Allen C. Guelzo
9. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
10. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis

Monday, July 22, 2013

Staycations: D.I.Y. Around the Garden

We have reached that point in the summer when there are fewer summer days ahead of us than behind. There is still time, however, for a few more summer adventures!

In this, our last of three "staycation" blogs, we take a different approach. Your end of summer "staycation" doesn't have to take you any further than your own backyard, or perhaps the local garden center.

As I cannot profess to be particularly handy, it's fortunate for me that I have a husband who is very talented at wood working, metal working, and even laying stone or brick. However, I am a pretty decent gardener and love for my gardens to be interesting and just a bit different.

That's where the many books the library has with all types of garden and patio projects comes in.  I love to thumb through these and dream of the interesting and sometimes even odd things that one can make to liven up an outdoor area. 

I've listed just a few here for you with some highlights from each item. 

Easy to Build Backyard Projects by Monte Burch has a very interesting outdoor cooking center that includes a concrete top that would make cooking outdoors a lot of fun.  So instead of prepping inside while guests are mingling outdoors, you can be preparing your guests' meal while enjoying their company the whole evening.  Build the matching BBQ station and a picnic table and you're all set for many a backyard party.

If you're looking to create a little ambience on your deck or patio, check out 35 Great Outdoor Projects from Wood Magazine.  Here you'll find adorable porch-and-patio candle lanterns that highlight corded glass and small brass floral cut outs.  This book also features several lovely pergolas and arbors.

Have you ever put a cooler on your deck or porch filled with drinks for your guests to easily access?  In Garden Furniture and Outdoor Projects by Alex Ward and Nick Gibbs you'll find instructions for building a beautiful box to fit that cooler perfectly.

Garden Seating: Great Projects from Wood, Stone, Metal, Fabric and More by Janice Eaton Kilby has any number of excellent projects including wrap around tree benches, a sheltered garden bench, stonework seating, and seating made from stripped limbs that bear natural shapes and contours.  All in all a lovely book. 

Shop Tested Outdoor Furniture You Can Make from the editors or Wood Magazine has a great lazy day porch swing and rocker.  These would make any porch, patio or deck an inviting place to sip some lemonade and watch the world go by.

For the more advanced hanyman and artistic individuals, you'll find beautiful pots, benches, and lawn and garden ornaments in Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden by Sherri Warner Hunter. 

In Concrete Garden Projects authors Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson encourage first timers to try making concrete projects and assure you that it's not that difficult---but you do have to follow the directions.   Chocked full of  interesting projects using molds and plastic pots for shaping concrete, this book includes instructions for small water gardens and angel statues for your gardens.

This is just a sampling of titles available that will help you enjoy your outdoor spaces and maybe brag a little too about your skills.  Stop by any Fauquier Library to check out all the materials we have to help you do-it-yourself. 

Dawn S. @ Warrenton

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/14/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Inferno by Dan Brown   
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
4. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan 
5. Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
8. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
9. The Eye of God by James Rollins                                               
10. Unseen by Karin Slaughter
11. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
12. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
13. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
14. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
15. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin                    

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
3. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris                       
4. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
6. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle
7. Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty
8. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
9. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson           
10. Gettysburg by Allen C. Guelzo                                           
11. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis                            
12. Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson                 
13. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown                      
14. The Unwinding by George Packer
15. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel                            
Washington Post 7/14/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan 
4. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen                                            
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
6. Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton                                        
7. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. The Eye of God by James Rollins
10. Unseen by Karin Slaughter                                                       

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
2. Gettysburg by Allen C. Guelzo
3. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young                                           
5. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
7. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle                   
8. Breakthrough by James O’Keefe
9. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson
10. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher                       

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dream Kitchen




The main article in the July 2013 issue of Consumer Reports is "The kitchen of your dreams."  If you've ever wanted to remodel your kitchen, check out their ideas and tips on everything from high-traffic kitchens to budget-priced kitchens.  There are also ratings for flooring, countertops, ranges and wall ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers.

You might also want to check out "A doctor's office that is all about you"--the first article in the series "Getting Health Care Right."  This article discusses the "patient-centered medical home," which is the fastest growing innovation in medical care, and is now offered by around 10 percent of primary care practitioners in the U.S.

After last year's Superstorm Sandy, Consumer Reports polled over 8,000 subscribers about their experiences and compiled a checklist of things to do--including charge your electronic devices, get cash, make sure you have enough food, etc.  After all the storms this area has experienced in the last few years, these are good things to remember!

Other useful articles in this issue are:
  • Snack bar taste-off--Which snack bars taste good, and which ones don't?
  • Ratings for auto batteries
  • Ratings for sunscreens
  • Ratings on the best and worst airlines
  • How to keep your camera clean
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 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, July 9, 2013

Staycations: Sightseeing in Your Own Backyard

Welcome to our second of three "staycation" blogs. Having looked at parks, trails and locations for fun outdoor adventures near home, here are some ideas and tips for other "staycation" destinations.

Are you looking to teach your family a little a bit about history this summer?  But you don't have the time or energy to go on a long trip?  Well, there are several places right here in Fauquier County where you can learn some history about the area and have fun at the same time! Here are just a few places you might want to check out:


Did you know that the Virginia gold belt passes through Fauquier County?   At one time, there were several gold mines in the Morrisville and Goldvein areas of the county.  Visit the Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park, off Rt. 17 in Goldvein, to find out all about gold mining in Fauquier County.  Before your visit to the park, visit the library and check out Bob Barron's book Gold Mines of Fauquier County, Virginia; it's the only book written about Fauquier County's gold mining industry.


Have you ever visited the Old Jail Museum, located next to the courthouse in Warrenton?  The building, built in 1808, housed prisoners until 1966, and opened as a museum in 1971.  It's up to you to decide whether or not the jail is haunted!




Are you interested in the life and career of Col. John Singleton Mosby?  The Fauquier County Library has several books on Col. Mosby, including James A. Ramage's Gray Ghost, and Mosby's own memoirs.  After you read a bit about Col. Mosby, you might want to visit the Mosby Museum in Warrenton, which recently opened for tours.  The museum is housed in Brentmoor, also known as the Spilman-Mosby house.  The house was built between 1859 and 1861 by Edward Spilman, a Warrenton attorney.  The Spilmans lived in the house during the Civil War, at which time the house was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.  Col. Mosby purchased the house in 1875, but lived there for only two years, selling it to Eppa Hunton in 1877.

For other ideas and more information about nearby historical locations to visit, check out our mobile catalog at or check out our local history and genealogy resources online.

Happy visiting!







Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/7/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
2. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan 
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini                     
4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
5. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen                                            
6. The Eye of God by James Rollins
7. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand                                      
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg                     
10. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls                                    
11. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank                
12. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld                                           
13. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
14. The Son by Philipp Meyer
15. Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach       
3. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris                       
4. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                                               
5. Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty
6. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle                   
7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand                                        
8. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson                             
9. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
10. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson
11. The Unwinding by George Packer                                      
12. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
13. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis                            
14. Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson                 
15. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          


NOTE: There was no Washington Post Best Seller list published this week.





Monday, July 1, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 6/30/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
2. Inferno by Dan Brown 
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
4. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
5. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
6. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls                                    
7. The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag                                                         
8. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank                
9. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger                              
10. The Eye of Moloch by Glenn Beck
11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                                 
12. The King’s Deception by Steve Berry
13. The Son by Philipp Meyer
14. The Hit by David Baldacci                                                
15. Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky                                   

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
3. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
4. Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty
5. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris                       
6. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle                   
7. Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen C. Meyer
8. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly                                          
9. The Unwinding by George Packer
10. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
11. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
12. Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson
13. Keep it Pithy by Bill O’Reilly                                              
14. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
15. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis

Washington Post 6/30/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
2. Inferno by Dan Brown
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
4. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
5. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
6. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls                                    
7. Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger                              
8. Transatlantic by Colum McCann
9. The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag                                                         
10. The Hit by David Baldacci

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath                                            
3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                             
4. Loyalty 3.0 by Rajat Paharia
5. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
6. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis                            
7. Breakthrough by James O’Keefe
8. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson                             
9. The Unwinding by George Packer                                      
10. American Gun by Chris Kyle with William Doyle

July Book Discussions

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



*July 1 - Smokers by Tobias Wolff (Warrenton Great Books Group)

*July 10 - The Bastard of Instanbul by Elif Shafak (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

*July 15 - The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht (Bealeton Book Club)

*July 18 - Deep Storm or The Third Gate by Lincoln Child (Warrenton Mystery Book Club)

*July 29 - The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman (Marshall Evening Book Club)