Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 6/22/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
2. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. The Target, by David Baldacci
5. The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand
6. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
7. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
8. Skin Game, by Jim Butcher
9. The Hurricane Sisters, by Dorothea Benton Frank
10. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
11. Ghost Ship, by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
12. The Smoke at Dawn, by Jeff Shaara
13. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst
14. China Dolls, by Lisa See
15. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
3. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
5. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
6. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
7. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
8. Carsick, by John Waters
9. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
10. John Wayne, by Scott Eyman
11. Good Talk, Dad, by Bill and Willie Geist
12. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
13. A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren
14. Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner
15. Good Call, by Jase Robinson with Mark Schlabach

Washington Post 6/22/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
2. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
3. The Director, by David Ignatius
4. The Target, by David Baldacci
5. Counterfeit Lies, by Oliver North & Bob Hamer
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
8. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
9. The Smoke at Dawn, by Jeff Shaara
10. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
3. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
4. Carsick, by John Waters
5. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
6. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
7. Instinct, by T. D. Jakes
8. Rebbe, by Joseph Telushkin
9. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
10. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Farm Reads

On June 22 at 5 p.m., author Forrest Pritchard will join us in the John Barton Payne Building to speak about his book Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm, and share his inspiring story about saving his family farm.

In anticipation of this event, we're bringing you some of our favorite books about farming and food.

Local Food Writing

Like Pritchard, many writers have shared stories of enjoying food close to home.
  • The classic local food memoir may be Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Kingsolver describes her family's move to rural Virginia and their attempt to rely on local food for a year. Kingsolver's book is both poetic and informative.
  • Not all farm memoirs are set in the idyllic countryside. In Farm City, Novella Carpenter tells the story of the farm she started in Oakland, California. Farm City is at once moving and hilarious and a great underdog story.
  • Another farm memoir is Kurt Timmermeister's Growing a Farmer. The author writes of his transition from urban restauranteur to rural farmer, chronicling his discoveries and misadventures along the way.
  • Farmer and novelist Wendell Berry has been writing for decades about food and sustainable farming. Bringing It to the Table collects thirty years of Berry's essays.

Grow It Yourself

Whether you're a seasoned gardener (excuse the pun) or just getting started, the library has resources to help tackle your next project.

Happy growing!

Becky @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 6/15/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
2. Skin Game, by Jim Butcher
3. The Hurricane Sisters, by Dorothea Benton Frank
4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
5. A Shiver of Light, by Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst
7. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
8. The Smoke at Dawn, by Jeff Shaara
9. Save the Date, by Mary Kay Andrews
10. China Dolls, by Lisa See
11. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
12. Ghost Ship, by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
13. The Target, by David Baldacci
14. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
15. Field of Prey, by John Sandford

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
3. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
4. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
5. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
6. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
7. Finding Me, by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford
8. No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald
9. Special Heart, by Bret Baier & Jim Mills
10. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
11. Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner
12. Carsick, by John Waters
13. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
14. A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren
15. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai


PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post list was not available in time for this week's blog.


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Consumer Reports June 2014: Can you really run your home from your phone?



According to a recent Consumer Reports poll, almost 20% of their subscribers already use their tablets or smart phones to control parts of their homes remotely.  This month's cover article discusses what can now be controlled remotely--electronic door locks, burglar alarms, lighting.  Check out the list of products tested by Consumer Reports, including lighting systems, thermostats, and more.  Also included are ratings for the best electronic door locks.

Now that summer is here, you may be spending more time in your backyard.  If you're a fan of grilling, check out the ratings for gas grills.  If you're looking to repaint your home or deck, you may be interested in the ratings for exterior paints and house and deck stains.  The article "Bug-proof your summer" lists the types of insects you may find in your yard, what to wear while outside, and what to do if you're bitten.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for ice cream--vanilla is still the most popular flavor in the U.S.!
  • Ratings for dehumidifiers
  • Ratings for computer security software
  • Article on "How to live well into your 80's and beyond: Five keys to a long, healthful life" 
Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 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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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Best Seller Lists





New York Times 6/8/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Skin Game, by Jim Butcher
2. Ghost Ship, by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
5. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
6. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
7. The Target, by David Baldacci
8. Field of Prey, by John Sandford
9. Natchez Burning, by Greg Iles
10. The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry
11. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
12. Suspicion, by Joseph Finder
13. Sniper’s Honor, by Stephen Hunter
14. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
15. Walking on Water, by Richard Paul Evans

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
3. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
4. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
5. Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner
6. Finding Me, by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford
7. Tibetan Peach Pie, by Tom Robbins
8. A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren
9. No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald
10. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
11. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
12. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
13. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
14. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
15. James Madison, by Lynne Cheney

Washington Post 6/8/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Skin Game, by Jim Butcher
2. Ghost Ship, by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
5. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
6. The Target, by David Baldacci
7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
8. Field of Prey, by John Sandford
9. The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry
10. Natchez Burning, by Greg Iles

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner
3. Instinct, by T. D. Jakes
4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
5. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
6. Congratulations, By the Way, by George Saunders
7. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
8. The Good Spy, by Kai Bird
9. If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, by William D. Eggers
10. Own the Room, by Amy Jen Su & Muriel Maignan Wilkins


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Audiobooks Around the World

June is Audiobook Month. Audiobooks are a great choice for travelers, commuters, and anyone looking for an alternative to print books. We offer a wide selection of audiobook titles both on CD and for digital download.

Whether you're traveling this summer or listening closer to home, the following audiobooks will transport you to settings across the world.

The Man From Beijing - Henning Mankell

An Earphone Award winner for its flawless audio narration, this chilling mystery/thriller begins with a mass murder in Sweden but takes local judge Roslin to China. Roslin's investigations uncover a troubling history spanning centuries and continents. This bleak but engaging novel asks weighty questions about history and morality.

Question Under Capricorn - David Attenborough
Quest in Paradise - David Attenborough

If you're looking for a lighter read (or enjoy listening to nature presenter David Attenborough's voice as much as I do), these two audiobook memoirs are obvious choices. Attenborough recounts his early travels through Australia and New Guinea and his colorful encounters with locals living close to nature.

A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy (also available as a digital audiobook)

A Week in Winter is the prolific Irish author's last novel, published after her death. Chicky returns from twenty years in America to a small village in Ireland and opens an inn where a diverse collection of travelers find love and friendship. A Week in Winter is perfect for fans of Binchy or anyone looking for a feel-good read.

On the Road - Jack Kerouac (also available as a digital audiobook)

For something unconventional, try Jack Kerouac's classic fictionalized memoir On the Road. The book recounts the writer's travels across counterculture America in the 1950s. If you're ready to be transported to the meandering, passionate spirit of Beat America, this groundbreaking novel is worth a listen.

Better Than Fiction: True Travel Stories From Great Fiction Writers - Anthology

In this anthology, over thirty novelists contribute stories of travel, immigration, and homecomings.This collection brings together varied tales of personal journeys from authors such as Frances Mayes, Joyce Carol Oates, Alexander McCall Smith, and Isabel Allende.

Happy listening!

Becky
Warrenton Reference 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Best Seller Lists




New York Times 6/1/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
4. The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry
5. Field of Prey, by John Sandford
6. The Target, by David Baldacci
7. Sniper’s Honor, by Stephen Hunter
8. Natchez Burning, by Greg Iles
9. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
10. The Skin Collector, by Jeffery Deaver
11. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
12. The Son, by Jo Nesbó
13. Chestnut Street, by Maeve Binchy
14. Walking on Water, by Richard Paul Evans
15. The Last Kind Words Saloon, by Larry McMurtry

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
3. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
4. Finding Me, by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford
5. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
6. Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner
7. A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren
8. No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald
9. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
10. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
11. James Madison, by Lynne Cheney
12. Everybody’s Got Something, by Robin Roberts
13. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
14. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
15. Good Call, by Jase Robinson with Mark Schlabach


Washington Post 6/1/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
2. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
3. The Target, by David Baldacci
4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
5. The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry
6. Field of Prey, by John Sandford
7. Sniper’s Honor, by Stephen Hunter
8. Natchez Burning, by Greg Iles
9. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
10. Beowulf, translated by J. R. R. Tolkien

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
2. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
3. Daring Greatly, by C. Brené Brown
4. Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner
5. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
6. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
7. Instinct, by T. D. Jakes
8. A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren
9. A Good Spy, by Kai Bird
10. No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Book Discussions


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




June 2 -   "Famine" by Xu Xi  (Warrenton Great Books Group
                  Included in the 2006 edition of O. Henry Prize Stories.  

June 11-  "The Fever Tree" by Jennifer McVeigh  (Marshall Afternoon Club)

June 16 -  "The Astronaut Wives Clubby Lily Koppel (Bealeton Evening Club)

June 19 -  "Before I Say Good-Bye" by Mary Higgins Clark.  (Warrenton Mystery Club)

June 19 -  "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel (Bealeton Afternoon Club)

June 30  -  "Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family   Farm" by Forest Pritchard (Marshall Evening Club)

New members are always welcome! Not sure which book club is for you? Check out our Library News and Events Blog for some helpful tips on Book Clubs.


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