Thursday, October 31, 2013

If You Like Jacqueline Winspear ...


If you like Jacqueline Winspear's mystery series set in London after the World War I, with private detective Maisie Dobbs, you might like these authors:

Bowen, Rhys
Carr, Caleb
Christie, Agatha
Cleverly, Barbara
Cornwell, Bernard
Crombie, Deborah
Dunning, John
Greenwood, Kerry
Griffiths, Elly
James, P. D.
King, Laurie
Leon, Donna
MacNeal, Susan Elia
McCall Smith, Alexander
Parker, I. J.
Perry, Anne
Ramsay, Frederick
Reeman, Douglas
Sayers, Dorothy
Todd, Charles

Happy reading!

The staff @ Warrenton Reference

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/27/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
2. Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George
3. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
4. Identical, by Scott Turow
5. Storm Front, by John Sandford
6. Police, by Jo Nesbø
7. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, by Helen Fielding
8. Gone, by James Patterson
9. The Wolves of Midwinter, by Anne Rice
10. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
11. The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
12. The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
13. The Quest, by Nelson DeMille
14. The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
15. The Last Dark, by Stephen R. Donaldson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
2. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
3. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
4. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
5. The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
6. Orr, by Bobby Orr
7. My Story, by Elizabeth Smart
8. Si-Cology 101, by Si Robertson
9. Johnny Carson, by Henry Bushkin
10. One Summer, by Bill Bryson
11. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
12. Tip and the Gipper, by Chris Matthews
13. The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester
14. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
15. Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson



Washington Post 10/27/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1. Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George
2. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
3. Identical, by Scott Turow
4. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, by Helen Fielding
5. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
6. Gone, by James Patterson
7. Police, by Jo Nesbø
8. Storm Front, by John Sandford
9. The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
10. Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
2. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
4. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
5. The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
6. Break Out!, by Joel Osteen
7. Guinness World Records 2014, by Guinness World Records
8. What Are You Afraid Of?, by David Jeremiah
9. Tip and the Gipper, by Chris Matthews
10. My Story, by Elizabeth Smart



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/20/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1.  Storm Front, by John Sandford
2.  Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
3.  The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
4.  Gone, by James Patterson
5.  Dog Songs, by Mary Oliver
6.  Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber
7.  The Circle, by Dave Eggers
8.  Doing Hard Time, by Stuart Woods
9.  The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
10.  The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Hardcover Nonfiction
1.  Killing Jesus, by Bill O'Reilly
2.  David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3.  The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
4.  I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
5.  My Story, by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart
6.  Si-cology 1, by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach
7.  One Summer, by Bill Bryson
8.  Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
9.  Tip and the Gipper, by Chris Matthews
10.  Zealot, by Reza Aslan


Washington Post 10/11/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1.  Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
2.  Storm Front, by John Sandford
3.  Gone, by James Patterson
4.  The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
5.  The Circle, by Dave Eggers
6.  The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
7.  Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber
8.  The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
9.  Doing Hard Time, by Stuart Woods
10.  The Double, by George Pelecanos

Hardcover Nonfiction
1.  Killing Jesus, by Bill O'Reilly
2.  David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3.  I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
4.  The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
5.  My Story, by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart
6.  Eat to Live Cookbook, by Joel Fuhrman
7.  Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond . . ., by Joel Osteen
8.  Guinness World Records 2014
9.  Eat, Move, Sleep, by Tom Rath
10.  Si-Cology 1, by Si Richardson

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/20/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1.  Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
2.  The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
3.  Gone, by James Patterson
4.  The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
5.  The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
6.  The Quest, by Nelson DeMille
7.  Never Go Back, by Lee Child
8.  W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton
9.  Silencing Eve, by Iris Johansen
10.  Spider Woman's Daughter, by Anne Hillerman


Hardcover Nonfiction
1.  Killing Jesus, by Bill O'Reilly
2.  David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3.  Si-Cology 1, by Si Robertson
4.  One Summer, by Bill  Bryson
5.  The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
6.  Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
7.  Zealot, by Reza Aslan
8.  Paddle Your Own Canoe, by Nick Offerman
9.  Tip and the Gipper, by Chria Matthews
10.  Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson    



Washington Post 10/11/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1.  The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
2.  Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
3.  Gone, by James Patterson
4.  The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
5.  The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
6.  The Quest, by Nelson DeMille
7.  W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton
8.  Never Go Back, by Lee Child
9.  Deadline, by Sandra Brown
10.  Thankless in Death, by J.D. Robb 


Hardcover Nonfiction
1.   Killing Jesus, by Bill O'Reilly
2.  David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3.  Tip and the Gipper, by Chris Matthews
4.  What Are You Afraid Of?, by David Jeremiah
5.  Break Out!, by Joel Osteen
6.  Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out, by Marc Ecko
7.  Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
8.  Guinness World Records 2014
9.  One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson
10.  Si-Cology 1, by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Planet Earth, a local perspective




The leaves are falling  - a sure sign that Autumn is here and winter is not far behind.  With the leaves gone we'll have a better perspective on the structure of the earth beneath the trees.  Features such as cliffs and stream beds will become more evident.


As I look a the beautiful land in Fauquier County I can't help wondering about the forces that shaped these graceful, fertile hills.  I know that centuries of forest growth and decay helped to form our rich soil from the top down, but what lies underneath that soil?  How long did it take for the distant blue mountains to achieve such soft curves?  I look at the rocks in our rivers and wonder what kind they are and how they formed.  Do they hold fossils, precious stones or metals? 


If you share my curiosity about these things here are some resources to help you understand what you see around you. 

Earth's Voyage Through Time by David Dineley


Geology of Fauquier County, Virginia by Richard S. Joslyn






Gold Mines of Fauquier County, Virginia by Bob A. Barron




 Dirt: The erosion of civilizations by David Montgomery

Come to the library and learn more about planet Earth from a local perspective. Browse our Planet Earth Display from October 16 - 23 in the Warrenton library. 
   
Jeanne @ Warrenton Reference

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Consumer Reports: Saving Energy





The cover story for the October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports is "Bright ideas to save energy."  Some of the ideas are:  plugging air leaks, considering alternative energy sources, and upgrading your appliances.  Included is a section of lightbulb ratings, both general purpose and flood/reflector bulbs.

If you're in the market for a new car this year, check out the sneak preview of 2014 SUVs and small cars.  Another article notes that highway deaths were up in 2012.  It lists the major factors for this (speeding, not using seat belts, drunken driving, distracted driving), and what can be done to help make our roads safer.

"Four ways to weather the next big storm" has tips on how to protect your home and family both before and after a big storm.  It also includes ratings for generators and chain saws.

Other useful articles in this issue are:
  • Price comparisons for name brand vs. store brand items such as maple syrup, mayonnaise, and cranberry juice cocktail
  • Ratings for popped snacks, such as Popchips
  • Ratings for dishwasher detergents
  • Ratings for for food processors
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.

Reference Staff @ Warrenton

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Best Seller Lists


New York Times Bestseller Lists, 10/13/2013

Hardcover Fiction
1.  Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
2.  The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
3.  The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
4.  The Quest, by Nelson DeMille
5.  Never Go Back, by Lee Child
6.  W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton
7.  Deadline, by Sandra Brown
8.  Thankless in Death, by J.D. Robb
9.  The Final Cut, by Catherine Coulter
10.  Inferno, by Dan Brown
11.  The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
12.  And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
13.  Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
14.  Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
15.  The Husband's Secret,  by Liane Moriarty

Hardcover Nonfiction
1.  Killing Jesus, by Bill O'Reilly
2.  Si-Cology 1, by Si Robertson
3.  Zealot, by Reza Aslan
4.  Still Foolin 'Em, by Billy Crystal
5.  Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
6.  Liberty Amendments, by Mark R. Levin
7.  Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson
8.  Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman
9.  Simple Dreams, by Linda Ronstadt
10.  Command and Control, by Eric Schlosser
11.  An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins
12.  Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink
13.  Wilson, by A. Scott Berg
14.  Catastrophe 1914, by Max Hastings
15.  Reign of Terror, by Diane Ravitch


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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Good Reads Recommended

As you can imagine, being an avid reader and working at a library can be compared to being “a kid in a candy store”.  But I find most of the books I read are recommended to me by library patrons, colleagues and friends.  A recent selection of books and CD books that were recommended to me and that I have enjoyed follows.  

http://wowbrary.org/index.aspx
Drunk Tank Pink and Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think and Feel and Behave, by Adam L. Alter. This book caught my eye on Wowbrary, a weekly list of new items at the library that I receive by e-mail each Saturday. This is a great source of recommendations for everyone and is available just by signing up with an email address.  

The School of Essential Ingredients and The Lost Art of Mixing, two CD books by Erica Bauermeister, were recommended to me by a colleague who also enjoyed them.  
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith was a great old fashioned read, recommended by a patron.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians book on CD, also by Dodie Smith, was suggested to me by one of our librarians. You know, the ladies that work at the reference desk who know everything about everything! Use them for ideas on what to read next.  
The new exercise book called, The MELT Method, by Sue Hitzmann was suggested by another patron. Very interesting.   

Two British mysteries by Francis Brody, titled Dying in the Wool and A Medal for Murder were recommended by another colleague. These are the start of a new series.  

The Girls of Atomic City
Lastly, a great book that I read about on Kiddosphere, our children’s librarian’s blog on the library web site is The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan.
Here’s to sharing great book ideas with friends,
Sheree @ Warrenton.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Discussions for October

The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of October. See the library's website for details on meeting dates and times.
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*October 7 - "The House with the Mezzanine" by Anton Chekhov (Warrenton Great Books Group)

*October 9 - "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

*October 17 - "Feast Day of Fools" by James Lee Burke (Warrenton Mystery Book Club)

*October 21 - The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli (Bealeton Book Club)

*October 28 - The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (Marshall Evening Book Club)

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