Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/26/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
4. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
5. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
6. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, by Alan Bradley
7. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
8. Standup Guy, by Stuart Woods
9. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
10. Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner
11. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
12. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
13. Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, by Jennifer Chiaverini
14. Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin
15. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
3. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
5. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
6. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
7. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
8. Your Life Calling, by Jane Pauley
9. The Loudest Voice in the Room, by Gabriel Sherman
10. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
11. My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel
12. My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit
13. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
14. Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart
15. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton


PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post Best Seller List was not published this week.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/19/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. Dark Wolf, by Christine Feehan
4. Standup Guy, by Stuart Woods
5. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
6. Hazardous Duty, by W. E. B. Griffin & William Butterworth
7. The Pagan Lord, by Bernard Cornwell
8. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
9. Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner
10. River Road, by Jayne Ann Krentz
11. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
12. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
13. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
14. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
15. Cross My Heart, by James Patterson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
2. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
4. Brainstorm, by Daniel J. Siegel
5. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
6. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
7. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
8. Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart
9. My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel
10. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
11. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
12. Your Life Calling, by Jane Pauley
13. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
14. Love and War, by James Carville & Mary Matalin
15. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

Washington Post 1/19/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. Hazardous Duty, by W. E. B. Griffin & William Butterworth
4. The Pagan Lord, by Bernard Cornwell
5. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
6. Dark Wolf, by Christine Feehan
7. River Road, by Jayne Ann Krentz
8. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
9. Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner
10. Standup Guy, by Stuart Woods

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
2. Super Shred, by Ian K. Smith
3. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
4. Brainstorm, by Daniel J. Siegel
5. The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart
8. The Why Axis, by Uri Gneezy
9. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
10. The Pound a Day Diet, by Rocco DiSpirito


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 2014 Consumer Reports: Best Phones



Are you planning to buy or replace a smart phone in the near future?  

The January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has a smart phone shopping guide, with ratings on the smart phones offered by four providers--AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.  Also included are ratings on cell phone service in 20+ U.S. cities, and an article on how to get the right model for less.

The article "The doctor will email you now" explains the benefits of "patient portals"--secured websites that can give you access to some of your medical records, and allow you to do transactions such as making appointments, paying bills, or emailing your doctor.  Not all doctors or health care facilities offer portals at this time, but they are becoming more popular.
In the "Cars" section, check out the article on "Quick fixes for a flat."  Also, in the article "Would you buy your car again?", Consumer Reports uses responses from owners of 2011-2014 model cars to determine the best and worst models in various categories (compact cars, minivans, etc.).  

Doesn't chicken noodle soup taste good on a cold winter day?  Well, Consumer Reports tested ten popular brands, but did not give any of them an "excellent" rating.  So, the editors included their own
recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup!

As you probably know, the incandescent light bulbs we grew up using will no longer be manufactured after January 1, 2014.  They have been replaced by LED light bulbs.  This month's feature article on LEDs may help you decide which kind best fits your needs.

Other useful articles in this issue include:

  • Ratings for AA batteries
  • Ratings for stick and hand vacuums
  • Ratings for paper towels
  • Ratings for refrigerators

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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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/12/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
2. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
3. Hazardous Duty, by W. E. B. Griffin & William Butterworth
4. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
5. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
6. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
7. Cross My Heart, by James Patterson
8. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
9. King and Maxwell, by David Baldacci
10. Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich
11. The Death Trade, by Jack Higgins
12. Inferno, by Dan Brown
13. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
14. Innocence, by Dean Koontz
15. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
2. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
4. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
5. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
6. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
7. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
8. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
9. Miracles and Massacres, by Glenn Beck
10. Let Me Off At the Top!, by Ron Burgundy
11. One Summer, by Bill Bryson
12. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
13. My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit
14. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
15. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

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

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

2013 Titles you may have missed!


Looking for something to read in the New Year?
Take a look at these titles from 2013 that you may have missed.

At the end of each year the New York Times and Washington Post choose their notables reads. Here are some fiction titles from that list to get you started. These titles are currently on display at the Warrenton Library January 5 - January 21, 2014.

Schroder by Amity Gaige. A father kidnaps his daughter during his parental visit and this novel takes us through those seven days spent on the road. A NY Times and Washington Post Notable Read.

The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver. One family's journey through the twentieth century. A son goes off to war and the sisters "run wild".  A Washington Post Notable Read.

Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh. An elderly beekeeper looks back on his life. A Washington Post Notable Read.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini ( also available on cd-rom or e-book). A novel of how we care for one another, how we love one another and how the choices we make can affect next generations. A Washington Post Notable Read.

The Dinner by Herman Koch ( also available on cd-rom or e-book). Two families have a difficult decision to make and it's done at the dinner table. A Washington Post Notable Read.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (also available on cd-rom or e-book). 15 year old Hattie flees Georgia and heads North, only to find disappointment. A NY Times Notable Read.

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (also available on cd-rom). A look at familiar names of history (Grover, Cleveland, Mark Twain, Jack London to name a few)  in Princeton, New Jersey are plagued by "accursed" visions. A NY Times and Washington Post Notable Read.

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway. A man and woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society in efforts to save both the past and the future.A Washington Post Notable Read.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, by Karen Russell (also available as e-book or e-audio). Eight stories of the links between humans and animals. A Washington Post Notable Read.

Don't miss out on our new titles of 2014. You can keep up with new titles as they are added to the catalog. You can also track the New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller Lists right here on Book Notes each week.

Happy Reading in 2014!

Jody @ Warrenton Reference

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Strength Training and Your Health


Many of us start the new year with a resolution.  Getting healthier often tops the list. 

If your enthusiasm for getting in shape and leading a healthier lifestyle is waning, consider this: A Harvard Special Health Report (use your library card to access the report via the Health & Wellness Resource Center) on “StrengthTraining And Your Health” describes research which shows that “strength training can slow the progression of osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes and may help treat mild to moderate depression.” Given this impressive array  of benefits, including strength training in your lifestyle makes sense. With a little daily effort perhaps we can reduce the likelihood that we’ll suffer from these diseases or hold off the day when we have to take medications for them.     
Find articles to read about the benefits of strength training and regular exercise by using the Health and Medicine databases accessible on the library's website. Reading about all the benefits will inspire you to begin working out but it isn't easy to know which exercises you should do, how much exercise you should undertake as you begin or what your goals should be. It would be wise to check with your doctor for advice on this. 

Come by the Warrenton library between January 9 - 22 and check out the book display on strength training and exercise. There are many training guides and DVDs to choose from covering everything from gentle workouts to power lifting. Bring along a list of resources suggested by your doctor and we will try to locate whatever has been recommended especially for you. 
    
According to the Harvard article quoted above, “one often-overlooked beauty of strength training is the fact that it addresses many health problems at once.  No single medication can do the same.” 

Happy reading!

Jeanne @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 1/5/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
2. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
3. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
4. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. Cross My Heart, by James Patterson
7. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
8. Inferno, by Dan Brown
9. Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich
10. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
11. King and Maxwell, by David Baldacci
12. Innocence, by Dean Koontz
13. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
14. The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan
15. S., by J. J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
2. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
3. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
5. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
6. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
7. Miracles and Massacres, by Glenn Beck
8. Let Me Off At the Top!, by Ron Burgundy
9. One Summer, by Bill Bryson
10. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
11. Si-Cology 101, by Si Robertson
12. Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly
13. Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson
14. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
15. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Washington Post 1/5/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
2. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Cross My Heart, by James Patterson
5. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
6. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
7. King and Maxwell, by David Baldacci
8. Inferno, by Dan Brown
9. Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich
10. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
2. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
3. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
5. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
6. Guinness World Records 2014, by Guinness World Records
7. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
8. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond
9. Let Me Off At the Top!, by Ron Burgundy
10. Break Out!, by Joel Osteen


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Is This the End??

In her latest book, After Dead, Charlaine Harris emphatically wraps up her very popular Sookie Stackhouse series by giving fans the answer to the question “what happened next?” Those of us who followed this series with delight over the years may have mixed feelings about the author’s decision to bring it to an end. I, for one, will miss reading about Sookie and her friends (and enemies) in Bon Temps, but I agree that it may have been just the right time to bring her adventures to an end. I enjoyed the last installment of the saga, Dead Ever After, and I’m happy that Ms. Harris gave us her idea of how things worked out for all of her characters in the latest and last of this series, After Dead. A friend told me that she did not enjoy knowing everybody’s outcome and would have preferred to believe that there might be more stories with different outcomes there.

Each author must make his or her own decision, of course, about the fate of a series or series character. Some will want to wrap things up, as Charlaine Harris did with Sookie Stackhouse. By the way, this author has written three other series over the years and I’m still hoping to see the return of Lily Bard in the series set in Shakespeare, Arkansas.

Some authors choose a relative to continue their work. Felix Francis continues in the tradition of his father, Dick Francis. Todd McCaffrey has added to the Dragonriders of Pern series begun by his mother, Anne McCaffrey.

Sometimes after an author dies the decision is left to the managers of his or her estate. A happy outcome to the Lord Peter Wimsey saga was given to readers by Jill Paton Walsh with the blessing of Dorothy Sayers’ estate. I found The Attenbury Emeralds to be respectful of the Wimsey canon and a satisfying last installment of the story of Peter and Harriet.

James Bond finds new adventures through the pens of many authors who are selected by the estate of Ian Fleming to write new 007 novels. While these are all top-notch novelists like Jeffrey Deaver (Carte Blanche) and Sebastian Faulks (Devil May Care), is Bond without Fleming really the same? Both of Robert Parker’s long-running series are being continued by different authors, the Jesse Stone novels by Michael Brandman and the Spenser series by Ace Atkins.

Finally, some authors just insist on keeping readers in suspense. Will Sharyn McCrumb ever write another Elizabeth MacPherson novel? Now that Armand Gamache has retired from the Surete will there be another installment in Louise Penny’s Three Pines series?

Oh, no…is this the end?

For some, it is; for others, only time will tell.


Maryellen @ Warrenton

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Book Discussions



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

January 6 - "The Inherited Clock" by Elizabeth Bowen (Warrenton Great Books Group)

January 8 - "Defending Jacob" by William Landay (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

January 13 and 16 - "Gift From The Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Bealeton Evening and Afternoon Book Clubs)

January 16 - "Dark of the Moon" by John Sandford (Warrenton Mystery Book Club)

January 27 - "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks (Marshall Evening Book Club)

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