Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 2/23/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
4. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
5. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
6. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
7. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
8. The Counterfeit Agent, by Alex Berenson
9. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
10. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
11. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
12. The Martian, by Andy Weir
13. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
14. An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris
15. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

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. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
6. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
7. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
8. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
9. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
10. Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
11. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
12. The Triple Package, by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld
13. All Joy and No Fun, by Jennifer Senior
14. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
15. Code Name: Johnny Walker, by “Johnny Walker”

Washington Post 2/23/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
4. Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
5. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
6. S., by J. J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
7. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
8. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
9. The Counterfeit Agent, by Alex Berenson
10. An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
3. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
4. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
5. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
6. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
7. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
8. Super Shred, by Ian K. Smith
9. Scaling Up Excellence, by Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao
10. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg


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Monday, February 24, 2014

It's no mystery: Award-winning authors part of Mystery Book Club's list

The Mystery Book Club does not usually compile its annual reading list based on a theme, but this year the members wanted to try something new. 

We were discussing whether or not people chose books to read based on the stature of the author within a genre. As a result we printed the list of authors who have been given Lifetime Achievement recognition by Malice Domestic (which awards the Agatha) and Grand Master recognition by the Mystery Writers of America (which awards the Edgar).

Our members decided to choose at least half of our selections for 2014 from these lists. The first Agatha for Lifetime Achievement was awarded in 1990 to Phyllis A Whitney. Mystery Writers of America began decades earlier, awarding Grand Master status for the first time in 1955 to Agatha Christie. So our group did have many authors to choose from, some still writing and some long dead and even out of print.

There are three authors that appear on both lists that we had not included on previous reading lists, so we will definitely be discussing books by Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, and Mignon Eberhart in 2014. 

Margaret Maron was awarded Grand Master status in 2013 and will be a co-recipient of the Agatha for Lifetime Achievement in 2014. Tony Hillerman became a Grand Master in 1991 and received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2002. The Mystery Book Club had enjoyed reading the works of these authors in previous years. 

We will be reading Spider Woman’s Daughter by Tony’s daughter, Anne Hillerman, in September and looking forward to the continuation of his wonderful series about the Navajo Tribal Police. Also included will be selections by Donald Westlake, Ken Follett, John D MacDonald, Dorothy Gilman and Robert B Parker, with a few newer authors in between. 

With this blending of new and not so new, it should be another year of great reading and lively discussion for the Mystery Book Club. If you enjoy mysteries, consider stopping by one of our meetings. Or check out the full list of books we will be reading for ideas to add to your reading list. 

Happy reading! 

Maryellen @ Warrenton


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Author Eowyn Ivey visits with Marshall Afternoon Book Club

On a recent winter afternoon, the members of the Marshall Afternoon Book Club had the opportunity to visit with Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child. Twenty enthusiastic readers, and fans of the book, sat around a table with Eowyn’s place marked by her smiling photo as she spoke with the group via speaker phone from her cabin in Palmer, Alaska. The four hour time difference meant that the Virginia readers had just finished lunch, while Eowyn had just gotten her daughters off to school and was set to begin her day.

Since its publication in 2012, The Snow Child has received worldwide recognition and tremendous popularity, and it is now available in more than 30 countries and 20 translations. As a debut novel, even the author was shocked when the book became one of three Pulitzer finalists for 2013

Eowyn admits that life has greatly changed in the last year. While still living with her family in their home in rural Alaska, she no longer works at Fireside Books, the independent bookstore where she worked for many years. When asked about her typical day, she describes getting her daughters off to school and then devoting her mornings to full-time writing.  A new book is in progress. Though disciplined in the process of her writing, Eowyn balances this with her home, husband and daughters. She now travels both near and far to speak to readers about The Snow Child, but her family often travels with her.  

It was while working at Fireside Books that Eowyn discovered a paperback copy of the fairy tale, The Snow Child, a story based on the Russian fairy tale, Snegurochka, or The Snow Maiden.  A voracious reader from childhood on, Eowyn felt that she was always searching for the story that would capture the world in which she lived and imagined. What captivated her about this fairy tale was “the landscape and the role that it played in the telling of the story. Black spruce and dark winters spoke of lonely isolation, and the fresh sparkling snow brought hope and magic.” She goes on to say that “growing up in Alaska, I've at times felt a foreigner in the pages of my country’s literature. All the books I had read and loved, but not one of them told of my home.” Though working on an unfinished novel at the time, Eowyn could not get the Russian fairy tale out of her mind.  “Snegurochka became my new dream.”  She set aside her nearly completed novel and began writing The Snow Child.  She feels that this is the book that she was supposed to write.

Eowyn’s novel tells of an older homesteading couple who long for a child as they settle in to the harsh wilderness of 1920’s Alaska. Faina, a feral girl, a “snow girl,” emerges from the woods to bring them hope. Is Faina real or is she imaginary? This is the single question that every reader asks of the story, and it is always asked of the author. Eowyn replies by saying that Faina is real, very real, because she plays such a transforming role in the lives of all those in the story. 

The question remains, however, is she flesh and blood or magical? That is not answered.

Eowyn is now well in to her second novel, Shadows on the Wolverine, a story based on an 1885 military expedition that has been called the Lewis and Clark of Alaska. Fred Fickett, a member of this endeavor, left journals and letters that inspired Eowyn. Alaskan folklore and mythology also play a significant role in this newest story.

Our meeting with Eowyn came full circle as we concluded with a discussion of book clubs. She is a member of a small book club of seven friends, and she was interested in what the Marshall group was reading. We, in turn, asked about some favorite books from her club. She mentioned Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro), Candide (Voltaire), and Two Old Women: an Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival (Velma Wallis). Eowyn is currently reading the popular new title, The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt).

As we said goodbye with a round of applause that traveled from Virginia to Alaska, we wished Eowyn quiet winter hours in her cabin to continue writing her newest book.  All those who have loved The Snow Child eagerly await a return visit to the Wolverine River.

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Happy reading! 
 
Debbie, John Marshall library 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 2/16/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
2. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
3. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
4. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
5. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
6. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
7. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
8. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
9. An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris
10. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
11. Cell, by Robin Cook
12. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
13. Confessions of a Wild Child, by Jackie Collins
14. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
15. Ripper, by Isabel Allende

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
3. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
5. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
6. All Joy and No Fun, by Jennifer Senior
7. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
8. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
9. The Triple Package, by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld
10. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
11. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
12. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
13. My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel
14. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
15. The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson


Washington Post 2/16/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
2. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
3. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
4. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
5. An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris
6. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
7. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
8. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
9. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
10. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson
3. Super Shred, by Ian K. Smith
4. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
5. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
6. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
7. All Joy and No Fun, by Jennifer Senior
8. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
9. The Little Book of Economics, by Greg Ip
10. The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 2014 Consumer Reports: Do you like chicken?


Do you like chicken?  If you do, you might want to check out the cover story from the February 2014 issue of Consumer ReportsA recent analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased in U.S. stores found potentially harmful bacteria present in most of them.  A chart notes the contamination levels found in some of the major brands.  Also included is information on the use of antibiotics in chickens. Just in time for Valentine's Day--ratings on several special brands of chocolates, such as Woodhouse and Christopher Elbow.

After eating all that chocolate, you might feel the need to exercise!  If you do, check out the ratings for treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, and spin bikes.

Do you often wonder if you should repair or replace items such as appliances, electronics, or lawn equipment? This month's issue may help you decide--based on the age of the product, cost, and the repair problem.  

Do you like to cook? Check out the feature article on how to save time in the kitchen. This includes ratings for both single and double ovens.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for pre-made guacamole. The editors have also included a recipe if you want to make your own!
  • Ratings for snow blowers
  • Information on affordable smart-phone mounts for your vehicle
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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Monday, February 10, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 2/9/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
4. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
5. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
6. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
7. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
8. An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris
9. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
10. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
11. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
12. The Days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin
13. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
14. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
15. Standup Guy, by Stuart Woods

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
4. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
5. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
6. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
7. My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel
8. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
9. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
10. My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit
11. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
12. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
13. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
14. Brainstorm, by Daniel J. Siegel
15. Zealot, by Reza Aslan

Washington Post 2/9/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
2. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris
5. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
6. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
7. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
8. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
9. Ripper, by Isabel Allende
10. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
3. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
4. Super Shred, by Ian K. Smith
5. Double Down, by Mark Halperin
6. Soul Healing Miracles, by Zhi Gang Sha
7. The Way, by Adam Hamilton
8. The Love Playbook, by La La Anthony & Karen Hunter
9. The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren
10. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young


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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Love is in the air - and in the stacks!



Valentine’s Day is here again! 

People who are just falling in love hardly need to be reminded to pay attention to their beloved, but some of us in longer term relationships might need a little reminding. A strong loving relationship can provide a foundation that allows us to grow individually but, when we get caught up in our own personal growth, we sometimes take for granted the love that supports us.  Here are a few authors offering some tips on how to sustain and benefit from a loving relationship and how to understand and transform a relationship in trouble.


In "Renew Your Marriage at Midlife" Steve and Cathy Brody explain that midlife can be one of the most dangerous periods in a relationship.  The Brody's are marriage counselors who bring a lifetime of experience to bear in this lively and engaging book.  They  share informative and sometimes comical anecdotes from their own lives and from the lives of those they have helped 

In “Why Talking Is Not Enough” Susan Page focuses on actions that transform relationships.  She notes that it is easy to talk about what the other person is or isn't doing to cause a relationship to suffer.  She would have us leave aside the blame and analysis and show by our own actions that we love the other person. 

A Natural History of Love” by Diane Ackerman gives us a look at the scientific side of intimacy.  She explores the historical, cultural, religious and biological roots of love. There are many interesting surprises in this book by a woman who is both a poet and a scientist.  

In “Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself be Loved” Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt assert that it is harder for some of us to let ourselves be loved than it is for us to offer love to others. They suggest that unraveling this problem holds the key to forming loving relationships that last.  

Stop by the Warrenton Library's Valentine's Day book display February 14- February 22. Be sure to check out other material in the collection - from popular love stories on DVDs, to love poetry to books about relationship management.  

And, of course, reach out to those you love on Valentine’s Day.    

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bird Watching in Virginia

Before I moved to Virginia, I never thought much about bird watching. But after putting up a few bird feeders, and seeing the variety of birds they attracted, I began to enjoy bird watching. That enjoyment lead to curiosity; I just had to find out more about the birds native to Virginia. 
If you too are interested in learning about bird watching, the library has many resources to assist you. 

For novice bird watchers like me, a very basic book to start with is Bird Watching for Dummies, by Bill Thompson III; this book should answer most of your general questions.

For a bit more information you might want to look at Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley, or The Bird Watching Answer Book by Laura Erickson.  

Then, for specific information on birds in this area, try Birds of Virginia: Field Guide, by Stan Tekieta, or Claudia Wilds's Finding Birds in the National Capital Area.

After you have identified the bird species that visit your bird feeders, maybe you would like to attract others.  These books have tips on how to do just that:  

If you specifically want to attract hummingbirds, try Donald and Lillian Stokes's The Hummingbird Book:  The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Hummingbirds.

Now that you know which birds visit your yard, maybe you would like for them to stay?  Why not put up a birdhouse or two!  If you want to try building them yourself, check out these books:  Birdhouses: From Castles to Cottages--20 Simple Homes and Feeders to Make in a Weekend, by Alison Jenkins or Bird Boxes and Feeders for the Garden by Dave MacKenzie's

Another option? Attend "Bird Watching Basics," a free seminar by the Fauquier County Public Library. The seminar will be presented by Dr. David Wiedenfeld, Senior Conservation Scientist for the American Bird Conservancy.

Date and location are: 
Sunday, Feb 9, 2:00 p.m.
2 Courthouse Square
Old Town Warrenton

Happy bird watching!

Vicky @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 2/2/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
2. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
3. First Love, by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
4. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
5. Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen
6. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
7. The Days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin
8. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
9. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
10. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
11. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
12. Standup Guy, by Stuart Woods
13. The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
14. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
15. Cross My Heart, by James Patterson

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. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
6. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
7. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
8. My Age of Anxiety, by Scott Stossel
9. The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson
10. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
11. Your Life Calling, by Jane Pauley
12. The Loudest Voice in the Room, by Gabriel Sherman
13. The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
14. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
15. Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart

Washington Post 2/2/2014

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. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
5. Command Authority, by Tom Clancy
6. The Days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin
7. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
8. Andrew’s Brain, by E. L. Doctorow
9. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
10. Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
2. Super Shred, by Ian K. Smith
3. The Body Book, by Cameron Diaz
4. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
5. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
6. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
7. The Doctor’s Diet, by Travis Stork
8. The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren
9. A Short Guide to a Long Life, by David B. Agus
10. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Book Discussions at the library in February



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

February 3 - "Fat" by Raymond Carver (Warrenton Great Books Group)

February 10 - "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck (Bealeton Evening Club)

February 12 - "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey (Marshall Afternoon Club)

February 13 - "The Good Earth" by  Pearl S. Buck (Bealeton Afternoon Club)

February 20 - "M is for Malice" by Sue Grafton (Warrenton Mystery Club)

February 24 - "Girl in Translation" by Jean Kwok (Marshall Evening Club)

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