Staff Picks: Library Staff Shares Their Favorite Reads

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Book ClubsAs you can imagine, everyone who works at the library counts reading as one of their favorite activities, so it’s not unusual for us to share books we’ve enjoyed with one another. Now, we’d like to share a few with you too, from the people you don’t always see out in the library, but who are working hard to provide Fauquier residents with a wonderful library experience—the Fauquier County Public Library administrative team.

Us: A Novel by David Nicholls.  A romantic comedy that uses angst and humor to illuminate the resilience of the human heart. Douglas Peterson’s efforts to preserve his disintegrating family take him on another kind of journey — from despair to unexpected joy. This tender novel will further cement Nicholls’ reputation as a master of romantic comedy.  Maria, Library Director, Warrenton central library

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Written by one of my favorite authors, the love story that Hoffman weaves between main characters Coralie and Eddie is, like most of her books, a bit magical. Set in New York City during the first decades of the twentieth century, the changes taking place in society are the perfect backdrop for the changes that occur in the main characters lives. Dawn, Public Services Manager, Warrenton central library

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Full disclosure – I originally read Outlander several years ago and went on to read several others in the series. I enjoyed it the first time around and decided to re-read it when Outlander debuted as an original series on STARZ in 2014 (it has gone on to win a 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable Sci fi/Fantasy TV Show). Outlander is rich with history of Scotland in the mid-1700’s and characters that generated strong reactions. I quickly found myself rooting for Jamie Fraser and gritting my teeth over Jonathan Randall (aka Black Jack Randall). Lisa, Public Information Coordinator, Warrenton central library

The Cat Sitter’s Cradle by Blaize & John Clement.  Part of a popular mystery series initiated by Blaize Clement and continued by her son, John, this title features the pet sitter Dixie Hemingway in yet another fast-paced and entertaining story, this time set in the Florida Keys.  Linda, Support Services Manager, Warrenton central library

Day After Night by Anita Diamant.  This was a new author for me – recommended by Dawn S. I liked this book because it was based on a true story and I thought it very well-written and a good read all around. In fact,  I liked it so much that I have already read another book by the same author.  Based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred Jewish prisoners from the Atlit internment camp outside Haifa, this is the story of four young women, haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, who find hope and salvation in the bonds of friendship even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country. Terri, Administrative Specialist, Warrenton central library

61 Hours by Lee Child.  This book is set in a South Dakota winter that happens to be the cause of a bus crash that leaves the main character, Jack Reacher, stranded in a small town. He finds himself tasked with protecting an elderly woman that has been witness to a crime. Jack must keep her alive until she can give her testimony. The book contains some unexpected plot twists and turns and, like all of the Lee Child books, was very exciting. Kim, Accounting Clerk, Warrenton central library

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. For online book lists published prior to January 2015, visit Book Notes, our blog all about books.

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