Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hottest Books in the County

Do you want to know what other library customers are reading? The following adult fiction titles recently had the longest waiting lists:

The Confession by John Grisham
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Room by Emma Donoghue
Worth Dying For by Lee Child
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace
I still Dream about You by Fannie Flagg

Here are the top ten adult nonfiction titles:

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Decision Points by George W. Bush
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Life by Keith Richards with James Fox
I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1 edited by Harriet Elinor Smith (et al)
Earth (the Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart (et al)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sleepers of 2010

If you are looking for last-minute holiday gifts for a reader, the Associated Press recently published a list of some books that quietly lured more readers than expected in 2010. ("Hits, Misses and Sleepers of 2010," Dec. 20, 2010). Among them are:

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. A novel about a mysterious death in Mississippi.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman. A scholar’s comic survey of Russian literature.

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. A delightful children’s book that celebrates the daily moments of silence.

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. A readable history of the Commanches.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book News of the Decade

The Huffington Post is polling its readers on what they think are the best book news stories of the past ten years (Books Story of the Decade). Among those already posted are:

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. May have gotten kids reading again.

2. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Good vampires kept teen girls and others enthralled.

3. eReaders. Around since the mid-1990s, but by 2010 on many holiday wish lists.

4. Fake memoirs. Among them James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Writes the Huffington Post, “Is this the decade in which truth was overtaken by ‘truthiness’”?

5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Published in 2003, it sold more copies than any other single volume in the decade.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Books to Give

The Huffington Post recently polled its readers on Facebook and Twitter to compile Fifteen Books You're Giving for the Holidays. Here’s a few owned by the library if you want to sample a title or two.

Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

Changing Shoes: Getting Older – Not Old – With Style, Humor and Graceby Tina Sloan

Strength in What Remains by Tracey Kidder

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

By the way, you can now follow the library on Twitter @fairfaxlibrary to learn about events, activities, services and much more.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

What Writers Read

Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and most recently South of Broad has just published My Reading Life. A collection of 15 essays, Conroy’s latest work chronicles his youthful reading from Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. ("Pat Conroy's 'My Reading Life' Opens a Door to Literature," USA Today, Nov. 29, 2010)

“Before I'd ever asked a girl out,” Conroy writes. “I had fallen in love with Anna Karenina, taken Isabel Archer (Portrait of a Lady) to high tea at the Grand Hotel in Rome, delivered passionate speeches to Juliet beneath her balcony, abandoned Dido (The Aeneid) in Carthage, made love to Lara in Zhivago's Russia, walked beside Lady Brett Ashley (The Sun Also Rises) in Paris, danced with Madame Bovary — I could form a sweet-smelling corps de ballet composed of the women I have loved in books."

As USA Today reporter Bob Minzesheimer writes, “Call this fiction you can use.”

To reserve a copy of My Reading Life in print, audio or large print format, visit the library’s catalog.