Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Historian on Audio

We've received several inquiries about the audio version of "The Historian".

This hugely popular and hugely-sized book is now only available in abridged audio format. Even abridged, it's 12 hours of listening.

The library will be purchasing it in multiple copies, both in CD and Cassette.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

New Thoroughbred racing title

This October, George Rowand, business editor
of the Fauquier Times-Democrat, has an inspiring memoir coming out.
Diary of a Dream, published by Eclipse Press,
describes the ups and downs George experienced
in learning the ropes over 18 years breeding, owning and racing Thoroughbreds.

It will be available in the library's collection when released.
For more information, see Eclipse Press page
Diary of a Dream

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

August Authors

Herman Melville (8/1)
For a unique listening experience, check out Melville : six short novels on audio cassette available at the Marshall branch, and become introduced to Bartleby the Scrivener .
Did I hear someone say "I would prefer not to"?

Jonathan Kellerman (8/9)
Author's website

Russell Baker (8/14)
Born in Loudoun county, VA.
For some of Mr. Baker's best known quotes, see

Jorge Luis Borges (8/24)
For a fantastic website on Borges, check out the Garden of Forking Paths at

Leo Tolstoy (8/28)
Now that Oprah's made Russian literature less scary, consider Tolstoy for your next vacation read.

For more authors born in August, go to

Downloadable Audio

The library is exploring adding some downloadable audio materials to the collection.

We would like to get a sense of people's interest in this,
and what kinds of devices are being used.
Currently, none of the library subscription services for downloadable
audio are compatible with IPODs,
but are available for any Windows platform.

Fauquier Authors

Lately, the county has had several new books by residents.

Connie Sprague, formerly of the Fauquier Citizen, has written a contemporary romance, titled Tall Order.

Paul Borick, a local teacher, has published Water Warp : Daze of Reckoning, a teen fantasy novel

As part of fundraising for the M. M. Pierce school PTA, Kirstin Turner has published
several books, including We love the earth, the place of our birth : a kindergarten reader illustrations by Mrs. O'Connell's and Mrs. Thorn's Kindergarten class and The colt in the hay found his neigh with illustrations by Linda Sylcox's second grade class at M.M. Pierce Elementary School.

Joel Garreau's Radical evolution : the promise and peril of enhancing our minds, our bodies-- and what it means to be human argues that the acceleration of technological innovation is setting the course for the next stage of human evolution. The author raises questions about human culture, society, and the very nature of humankind.

Eldest is here!

Eldest, the second in Christopher Paolini's popular in-process trilogy, has arrived.
Currently, the library has 5 copies, with 16 reserves. The book was just released.

Most Requested

Some of the most requested titles this week at Fauquier
(besides Harry Potter, of course),
include Lifeguard by James Patterson,
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich,
and The Historian by
Elizabeth Kostova.

"The Mediator " Series

We received several requests for more in the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot.
So, the library now has all the titles in the series at all three branches.

Sixteen year-old Suze mediates between the living and the dead, and keeps having troublesome ghost problems. http://www.megcabot.com/mediator/mediator.html

Audio books

The newest batch of audio by Recorded Books is available.
CD's include:
In her shoes by Jennifer Weiner,
1776 by David McCullough,
Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton,
Light in the Piazza by Elizabeth Spencer- the basis for the recent Broadway show

Cassettes include:
No country for old men by Cormac McCarthy