Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sterling's The Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
Vogue's Stitchionary series
Sally Melville, The Knitting Experience series
With a little practice, you'll have all the skills you need to create some amazing projects. Browsing in the knitting section at any library branch will give you lots of fun and creative ideas to try.
Cathy Carron, Happy Feet: Unique Knits to Knock Your Socks Off
Sally Muir, Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals
Laura Nelkin, Knockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories
Additionally, the library owns many instructional DVDs on knitting. Some branches subscribe to Threads magazine and Craft Ideas magazine. And many branches host knitting groups in their meeting rooms. These meetings are free and open to the public. Call your local branch to see if they host a knitting group near you.
-Patrick Henry Library Staff
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Friday, January 09, 2015
1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
5. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
5. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by theTaliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
2. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn
3. Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
4. Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
5. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
At first glance, the buddy farce The Interview doesn’t seem to have much in common with the Nobel-prize winning Soviet classic Dr. Zhivago. The leaders of the Soviet Union, however, also went to great lengths to suppress Boris Pasternak’s 1957 portrayal of life and love in the Soviet Union. Peter Finn tells the story of how the novel was smuggled abroad for publication in The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book. While Pasternak’s story alone is fascinating, the efforts of the CIA to smuggle copies back into the USSR is just as intriguing. It’s thought-provoking to consider both nations gave so much credence to the power of literature to challenge the Soviet system.
There are very few ideals to be found in the pair of agents featured in Denis Johnson’s literary spy novel The Laughing Monsters. Roland Nair and Michael Adriko, two post-9/11 intelligence agents with a history of illicit enterprise, plan to peddle phony enriched uranium in West Africa. Adriko, an orphan, brings along his naïve American fiancé hoping to find the remnants of his extended family. Like many spy novels, secrets and subterfuge abound. What makes Johnson’s effort stand out is his caustic yet perfectly descriptive voice - you’ll want to savor each sentence as you journey alongside his seedy allies in intrigue.
Ben MacIntyre is known for his riveting true accounts of spy operations with unlikely agents and improbable plots. His latest work, A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, takes on the Soviet spy group known as the Cambridge Five. There have been many notable biographies of Britain’s infamous double agents. Macintyre’s work gives a fresh perspective. He examines how class and friendship, within MI6 and with the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence, shielded Philby from discovery. It’s an extremely readable account of Philby’s motivation for his deceit and betrayal.
-- Rebecca Wolff, Centreville Regional Library