Staff Picks: From Award Winners to Light Reads

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couple_readingOnce again the Fauquier County Public Library administrative team has shared some of the books they have read and enjoyed in hopes that you may find some of these titles interesting and entertaining as well. Happy reading!

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. Set in rural western North Carolina, this powerful and tragic novel features a story told from three differing viewpoints. Described as a “literary thriller,” Cash’s debut novel made several “best of lists” in 2012 and won a number of awards, including the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Book Prize and the Appalachian Writers’ Association’s Book of the Year and was a PEN Robert W. Bingham Award Finalist.  Dawn, Public Services Manager, Warrenton central library

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast. A top-notch graphic memoir about the unbelievable stress that results when the tables turn and grown children are left taking care of their parents. At times grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Ms. Chast captures perfectly the struggles facing adult children of aging parents. On several lists of best books of 2014, this book was also a National Book Award Finalist. Maria, Library Director, Warrenton central library

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. This fall I found myself in a reading funk. It seemed that none of the books I picked up grabbed me. Then along came The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It had a pleasant blend of romance, suspense and humor that kept me turning the pages. In a time when many are saying the printed book is a dinosaur, its optimism about the printed word (literally) and the pleasure books bring to readers of all kinds was refreshing. Lisa, Public Information Coordinator, Warrenton central library

A Real Basket Case by Beth Groundwater. The first book in the Claire Hanover series is exciting. Set in Colorado, this series is about a forty-something gift basket designer. It was an Agatha Award finalist in 2007 for best first novel. Linda, Support Services Manager, Warrenton central library

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs. Set to inherit half of Bella Vista, a one hundred-acre apple orchard in a town called Archangel, along with a half-sister she’s never heard of, Tess Delaney, who makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners, discovers a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family. I liked this book because: 1) I’m a sucker for a happy ending; and 2) there were some awesome recipes found throughout the book. And, although there was ultimately a happy ending, there were plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep me reading. Terri, Administrative Specialist, 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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