Michele Brown

If you like Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson: "Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last but one day, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. The diary is written by a woman named Suzanne and is addressed to her new baby boy, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about the joy he has brought her. As Katie reads this moving story, she realizes that the man she's fallen in love with is Suzanne's husband, Nicholas' father. She reads on, filled with terror and hope as she struggles to understand what happened and whether her new love can survive." (Book summary)

If you like relationship stories with strong, complex emotional impact, you may like these titles:

The amateur marriage: a novel by Anne Tyler
Tyler's ambitious sixteenth novel explores a weighty topic, the erosion of a marriage, over an unusually long period of time, 1941 to the present. Once again, you'll enjoy Tyler's trademark light yet insightful touch. The ill-fated couple at the story's center, Michael and Pauline, are as familiar as relatives-just "two good people who are bad for each other," as Tyler puts it. The point of view in the book's 10 chapters shifts from one family member to another, allowing sympathy for all.


The annunciation by Ellen Gilchrist
Follows the desires of Amanda McCarney: an unwed mother on a Mississippi Delta plantation at age fourteen, a wealthy New Orleans matron into her early forties, and now a divorced poetry student living in a university community in the Ozarks. When Amanda finds herself infatuated with an intense young musician, what at first appears to be a sexual intrigue becomes a grand and impossible passion that unfolds with striking parallels to the life of the eighteenth-century French poetess whose work she is translating. (Book description, amazon.com)

If You Like The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

If You Like The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.  Available for adults, teens, and kids.

The Life of Pi is the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. "Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?" (Book Description)

If you liked The Life of Pi, here are a few titles that you may find equally thought-provoking:

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father's wisdom, and in his mother's Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world-and will nurture the birth of his soul.  (Catalog summary)

 

Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
Visualizing a village, a hotel or an apartment building as a microcosm of society is not a new concept to writers, but few have invested their fiction with such luminous language, insight into character and grasp of cultural construct as Suri does in his debut. The inhabitants of a small apartment building in Bombay are motivated by concerns ranging from social status to spiritual transcendence while their alcoholic houseboy, Vishnu, lies dying on the staircase landing. During a span of 24 hours, Vishnu's body becomes the fulcrum for a series of crises, some tragic, some farcical, that reflect both the folly and nobility of human conduct....By turns charming and funny, searing and poignant, dramatic and farcical, this fluid novel is an irresistible blend of realism, mysticism and religious metaphor, a parable of the universal conditions of human life. (Nicole Aragi, Publishers Weekly)

 

What Matters to You? Only One More Week to Tell Your Story!

What Matters to You?  Only One More Week to Tell Your Story!

They are deliciously varied—funny, philosophical, whimsical, analytical, soulful, self-deprecating, wise—but all the essays submitted to date for our Believe Write Share project have this in common: they are open and honest expressions of the core values that guide our neighbors' daily lives. Read a selection of them here, and consider sharing your beliefs with us. Your 350-500 word essay (easy-peasy short!) may be featured on the library's website, and you may be invited to share it at a community reading in August.  

Intrigued? Dive into and enjoy our FAQs and fine print here. Biggest FAQ:  Deadline for submission is July 7!

Join the Big Library Read and Take the OverDrive Challenge!

Join the Big Library Read and Take the OverDrive Challenge!

Help the library win $1,500 in new eBooks by meeting the OverDrive Challenge! If we download more than 7,065 eBooks in June—besting our previous monthly downloading record by 25%—OverDrive will give us $1,500 worth of new titles.

To jump-start the challenge, the library is participating in the Big Library Read, a global event sponsored by OverDrive. From June 3rd to 18th, you can download A Pedigree to Die For, the first book in Laurien Berenson’s unusual and fascinating Melanie Travis Mystery series. This is an opportunity for users from all over to read the same digital title at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

Learn Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Ancient Greek and Koine Greek Online at the Library

Have you ever wanted to experience the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament in Biblical Hebrew or Homer's Odyssey in its original ancient Greek? It may sound far-fetched, but the library offers introductory online courses in these and other languages for free through Mango Languages!

Auto Repair Reference Center

Auto Repair Reference Center

Car starting to sputter, clank, cough, or bang? Know you could fix it if you just had the specs? Check out our comprehensive online automotive repair database called Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC). With content from some of the most recognized repair manual publishers, ARRC covers thousands of vehicles from 1954 to the present.

Here's just some of what you have access to:

Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses - Upcoming Webinars from the SBA

Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses Webinars

Health care continues to be an important issue for small business owners.  The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are committed to helping businesses navigate the changes and opportunities in health care through the free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars, available via your own computer.

Grief at the Holidays - A SeniorNavigator e-Quicktip

Grief at the Holidays - A SeniorNavigator e-Quicktip

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is a SeniorNavigator Center.  Here's the latest SeniorNavigator e-quicktip:

Grief at the Holidays

"Happy Holidays!" is a greeting often heard this time of year.  However, if you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, the holiday season may be anything but happy for you.  Visit the following link for suggestions that will help you cope with grief during the holidays. 

Help with the Affordable Care Act @ the Library

Woman using a laptop

Learn how the new federal health care law affects you at HealthCare.gov, the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help you find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Open enrollment for health insurance begins on October 1, 2013, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. With one simple application, you can compare all the plans available to you and check whether you qualify for free or low-cost coverage. You may enroll online, by mail, or in person. To apply and enroll online, or to print an application form to mail in, visit HealthCare.gov. Telephone assistance is available 24/7 to help you complete your application. Call 1-800-318-2596.  For in-person assistance, your librarian can refer you to the Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator and Certified Application Counselors for your locale.

The Fredericksburg Welsh Festival Poetry Contest, the Library, and Your Ancestors

The Fredericksburg Welsh Festival Poetry Contest, the Library, and Your Ancestor

Yes, there is a connection between the upcoming Fredericksburg Welsh Poetry Contest, the library, and your personal ancestors. Although it seems a tad far-fetched, it really is easy to see how the library can connect you to anything and anyone. Here’s how this connection works: since the library is a community center and encourages local groups to keep us informed as to their upcoming public events, we discovered that the Welsh Society of Fredericksburg is sponsoring a poetry contest as part of their upcoming annual festival this September 21. The deadline for entries is September 1.