Thursday, November 27, 2014

Savoring the Holidays

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrating family and thankfulness—but let's be real, it's also a holiday celebrating food.

In the United States, holiday feasts are often followed by guilt and dieting, but it's not clear that this attitude is warrented. Feasts reunite us with family and friends. We share favorite recipes and, in the case of Thanksgiving, enjoy a last cheerful hurrah before winter's arrival. Plus, food is delicious!

So as you polish off your Thanksgiving dinner and fondly consider dessert, here are some cookbooks to prepare you for the next holiday get-together. Starting in December, we'll have holiday cookbooks on display here in Warrenton, as well as books about crafting handmade gifts.


The holidays are a great opportunity to indulge in some food nostalgia. This collection of 20th-century American recipes gives all the pleasure of flipping through a vintage cookbook (without the loose pages and dubious food stains).

Inside, you'll find everything from tamale pie to pineapple upside-down cake. Additional entertainment value comes from snippets of American food history and retro advertisements.




This beautifully illustrated book collects Native American recipes from across North America. American foods define our holiday meals—staples like turkey, cornmeal, cranberries, potatoes, and winter squash. Here native foods are showcased in traditional and contemporary Native American recipes.

Recipes range from contemporary dishes like huckleberry-honey cake and pumpkin soup to forgotten staples such as acorn flour and wild greens. This book will particularly appeal to gardeners, foragers, and farmers' market aficionados, who can cook many of these recipes out of local ingredients.



The library has several pie cookbooks, but I believe this book is the only one penned by a "pie-baking champion." Michele Stuart has won National Pie Championships, and her pies do look awfully tempting, from apple pie (country-style or sugar free) to savory dishes such as Lobster Pot Pie.

If your holiday crowd is a bit competitive about desserts, this book will arm you to wow your adversaries.




Dietary restrictions can make the holidays daunting, but the library has some great cookbooks for special diets.

In the Diabetes Friendly Kitchen, chefs at the Culinary Institute of America have formulated 125 recipes that are genuinely delicious as well as healthy. For creative cooks who want to adapt their own recipes, the book offers guidance in choosing ingredients and cooking techniques that are flavorful but meet dietary needs.


Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes from the library!

Becky @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 11/23/2014

Hardcover Fiction

1. Revival, by Stephen King
2. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
3. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
4. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
5. Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
6. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
7. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
10. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
11. Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
12. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
13. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
14. Deadline, by John Sandford
15. Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, by Alexander McCall Smith

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. 41, by George W. Bush    NOTE: Library has e-book and e-audiobook
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
3. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
4. The Andy Cohen Diaries, by Andy Cohen
5. Small Victories, by Anne Lamott
6. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
7. The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer
8. The Colder War, by Marin Katusa
9. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
10. What If?, by Randall Munroe
11. No Hero, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
12. Stonewalled, by Sharyl Attkisson
13. Undeniable, by Bill Nye
14. True Love, by Jennifer Lopez
15. Dreamers and Deceivers, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe

Washington Post 11/23/2014


Hardcover Fiction

1. Revival, by Stephen King
2. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
3. Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell
4. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
5. The World of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
6. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
7. Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
10. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. 41, by George W. Bush     NOTE: Library has e-book and e-audiobook
2. For Love of Country, by Howard Schultz
3. Undeniable, by Bill Nye
4. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
5. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
6. No Hero, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
7. The Andy Cohen Diaries, by Andy Cohen
8. The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer
9. What If?, by Randall Munroe
10. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's a Great Time to Join a Book Club!

Looking for something new to read? How about joining a book club?

Now would be a great time to join the Warrenton Library Great Books Discussion Group - we've just made our selections for 2015 so you can hit the ground reading. The Great Books Discussion Group meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Warrenton central library Program Room. New members are always welcome.

The Great Books Discussion Group will focus on the short story in 2015. Short stories, by definition, are more concerned with mood than plot and this leads to reader interpretation. This makes short stories perfect candidates for the “Shared Inquiry” method of discussion which is used by our Great Books Discussion Group and adopted from The Great Books Foundation.

2015 Great Books Discussion Group 

Jan. 5 – Indian Camp by Ernest Hemingway

Feb. 2 – The Diver by V. S. Pritchett 
                       **available at the Warrenton Reference Desk
Mar. 2 – Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Apr. 6 – The Wall by Jean-Paul Sartre
May 4 – The Country Husband by John Cheever
June 1 – The Ledge by Lawrence Sargent Hall
July 6 – Looking for Mr. Green by Saul Bellow 
                      ** available online
Aug. 3 – Sonny’s Blue by James Baldwin
Sept. 15 – Argument and Persuasion by Donald Hall 
                       ** available online  (Note: This is a Tuesday night) 
Oct. 5 – The Professor’s Houses by Ursula K. Le Guin
Nov. 2 – Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
Dec. 7 – Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth by John Updike

In addition to Great Books, the Fauquier County Public Library also hosts a monthly Mystery Book Club at the Warrenton central library. Additionally, the Bealeton branch library and John Marshall branch library locations host afternoon and evening book clubs to accommodate busy schedules. We welcome all readers and we don’t expect you to be a literary critic!

Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading with others who love reading as much as you do. Learn more about book clubs with these titles. Visit our adult service page to learn more about our adult book clubs.

The Book Club Companion, A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience by Diana Loevy.

This guide provides a list of popular titles, tips on planning your get together and suggestion on drink and food recipes.


The Reading Group Handbook, Everything You Need to now to start your own Book Club by Rachel W. Jacobsohn.

Get tips for starting and hosting your own book club.


Read It and Eat, A Month by Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus by Sarah Gardner.

Plan the perfect menu for your book club with this title by Sarah Gardner.



Jody @ Warrenton Reference
with special thanks to Jeanne Day, our Great Books Discussion Group Leader

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 11/16/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
2. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
3. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
4. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
5. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
6. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
7. Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
10. Deadline, by John Sandford
11. Pegasus, by Danielle Steel
12. Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, by Alexander McCall Smith
13. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
14. Let Me Be Frank With You, by Richard Ford
15. Personal, by Lee Child

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
2. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
3. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
4. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
5. True Love, by Jennifer Lopez
6. Stonewalled, by Sharyl Attkisson
7. What If?, by Randall Munroe
8. Undeniable, by Bill Nye
9. So Anyway…, by John Cleese
10. Dreamers and Deceivers, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
11. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter
12. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
13. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
14. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
15. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

Washington Post 11/16/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
2. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
3. The World of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
4. Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
5. Pegasus, by Danielle Steel
6. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
7. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
8. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
9. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
10. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. For Love of Country, by Howard Schultz
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
3. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
4. So Anyway…, by John Cleese
5. Lessons of Hope, by Joel Klein
6. Stonewalled, by Sharyl Attkisson
7. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
8. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey
9. Fields of Blood, by Karen Armstrong

10. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 2014 Consumer Reports: Our New Shopping Trends


For the first time in several years, consumers are starting to spend more money.  But what are we buying, and how are we spending?  In this month's cover article, Consumer Reports asks Americans about their new spending habits.


On a related topic, check out the list of "The Best and Worst of 2014."  The article examines this year's best and worst items in electronics, cars, home items (appliances, etc.), and health and food. 


Did you know that some (not all) automakers have unadvertised "secret warranties" that can save you money on car repairs after your car's warranty expires?  Check out the article "Get Your Car Fixed for (Almost) Free" for more details.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for canister vacuums and upright vacuums.  Consumer Reports discovered that vacuums with bags usually outperform bagless vacuums for deep-cleaning carpets.
  • Rankings for health insurance, by state
  • Ratings for lightbulbs
  • Ratings for mattresses
  • Ratings for SUV and truck tires

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, November 11, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 11/9/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
2. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
3. Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice
4. Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
5. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
6. Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, by Alexander McCall Smith
7. Pegasus, by Danielle Steel
8. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
9. The Peripheral, by William Gibson
10. Deadline, by John Sandford
11. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
12. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
13. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
14. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
15. Personal, by Lee Child

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
3. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
4. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
5. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter
6. Food, by Jim Gaffigan
7. What If?, by Randall Munroe
8. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
9. Dreamers and Deceivers, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
10. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
11. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
12. The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore
13. Neil Patrick Harris, Choose Your Own Autobiography
14. Miracles, by Eric Metaxas
15. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, by Barbara Leaming

NOTE: The Washington Post list did not publish in time for this blog.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Veterans Day: Commemorating Those Who Serve

“Better than honor and glory, 
and History’s iron pen, 
Was the thought of duty done 
and the love of his fellow-men.
~ Richard Watson Gilder ~

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th each year to honor the veterans who have served our country. Veterans Day was formerly celebrated as Armistice Day, to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in which a temporary truce was made between Germany and the Allied Nations during World War I. It was later named to reflect the honor due to veterans of all wars.

As I reflect on the sacrifices veterans and their families have made, I would like to share some of Fauquier County Public Library’s collection with you.

We have several books for current veterans and their families, including:
Here are some books and DVDs on the various wars in which our brave veterans fought for freedom:

Revolutionary War


Civil War


World War I


World War II


Korean War


Vietnam War


Persian Gulf War


Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan



Since 2012, the Fauquier County Public Library has asked patrons to submit photographs of veterans, to be scanned and displayed with information about the individual veterans. We have gathered a wonderful collection of veteran’s photographs. Please stop by any library branch to view the Veterans Day displays.

Mary Sue @ Bealeton

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 11/2/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
2. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
3. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
4. Deadline, by John Sandford
5. Beautiful You, by Chuck Palahniuk
6. Desert God, by Wilbur Smith
7. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
10. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
11. Shopaholic to the Stars, by Sophie Kinsella
12. Personal, by Lee Child
13. Some Luck, by Jane Smiley
14. Wait for Signs, by Craig Johnson
15. Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
2. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
3. Food, by Jim Gaffigan
4. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
5. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
6. Neil Patrick Harris, Choose Your Own Autobiography
7. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
8. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
9. What If?, by Randall Munroe
10. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
11. Worthy Fights, by Leon Panetta
12. How We Got to Now, by Steven Johnson
13. Rebel Yell, by S. C. Gwynne
14. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
15. You Are Here, by Chris Hadfield

Washington Post 11/2/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham
2. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
3. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
4. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
5. Deadline, by John Sandford
6. Desert God, by Wilbur Smith
7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
8. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
9. Mr. Miracle, by Debbie Macomber
10. Shopaholic to the Stars, by Sophie Kinsella

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Enough, by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
3. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
4. Worthy Fights, by Leon Panetta
5. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey
6. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
7. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
8. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
9. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
10. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Book Discusions at Your Library



The following books are under discussion at Fauquier County Public Libraries during the month of November. New Members are always welcome! Check out our adult services page for more information on adult book clubs.
Mon., Nov. 3 - 7 p.m.  The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Great Books)

Weds., Nov. 12 - 1 p.m. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

Mon., Nov. 17 - 7:30 p.m.  Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts (Bealeton Evening Book Club)

Thurs., Nov. 20 - 12 p.m.  Silent Night by Robert B. Parker (Mystery Book Club)

Thurs., Nov. 20 - 2:30 p.m. Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. (Bealeton Afternoon Book Club)

Mon., Nov. 24. - 7 p.m. The Art Forger: A Novel by B.A. Shapiro (Marshall Evening Book Club) 
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