Michele Brown

06/30/2015 - 11:22am
Escape the Ordinary:  Local Foods, International Flavors

July is all about travel at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, where you can pick up a guidebook for your excursion to Disney World or Antarctica, or learn a foreign language online through our subscription to Mango Languages.

But you can also explore the foreign or new-to-you foodie scene by joining us for cooking demonstrations and samplings. We'll whip up Scrumptious Sauces and Dressings on July 8, 3:00 - 4:00, at the Salem Church branch. Drop in for this popular class, and take away fast, easy, and nutritious ideas for spicing up your meals! Recommended reading before or after?  Try Paul Gayler's Sauce Book: 300 World Sauces Made Simple.

06/19/2015 - 5:09pm
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This readalike is in response to a customer'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.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: "Presented as the memoirs of a celebrated Japanese geisha, Golden's first novel follows a poor youngster from her humble origins in a rural fishing village to her later years spent in luxurious surroundings in New York City's Waldorf-Astoria. In 1929, nine-year-old Sayuri is sold to an okiya in Kyoto by her desperate father, where she is slated to be trained as a geisha. The intensive courses require her to learn how to dance, play a musical instrument, gracefully wear the heavy, layered costumes, apply elaborate makeup, and, most especially, beguile powerful men. Initially stymied by the jealous, vindictive Hatsumomo, the okiya's top earner, Sayuri is eventually taken under the wing of one of Hatsumomo's chief rivals, Mameha. She proves to be such an astute businesswoman that her campaign to make Sayuri a success results in Sayuri's setting a new record when two wealthy men get into a bidding war over who will be the one to claim her virginity. "

If you like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, you may likese these selections: 

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
Set in an imaginary, ancient Japanese society dominated by warring clans, Across the Nightingale Floor is a story of a boy who is suddenly plucked from his life in a remote and peaceful village to find himself a pawn in a political scheme, filled with treacherous warlords, rivalry-and the intensity of first love. This is the first in a trilogy.
 

The binding chair, or, A visit from the Foot Emancipation Society : a novel by Kathryn Harrison
In poised and elegant prose, Kathryn Harrison weaves a stunning story of women, travel, and flight; of love, revenge, and fear; of the search for home and the need to escape it. Set in alluring Shanghai at the turn of the century, The Binding Chair intertwines the destinies of a Chinese woman determined to forget her past and a Western girl focused on the promises of the future. (amazon.com)

 

06/10/2015 - 1:26pm
Lascaux caves' great black bull

Our Art Films series features short films exploring artists and the creative process, generously loaned to us by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Showings are held at the Headquarters library on select second Wednesdays, 7:00 pm.

04/30/2015 - 4:14pm
Scene from John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath

Our popular film series continues with expert commentary by industry insider Gary Olsen, as he gives us his fascinating take on the best directors. Gary shares clips to illustrate the art and technique of filmmaking and adds tidbits of on-set trivia. Join him at the Headquarters library on these 1st Thursdays, at 6:30 pm.

04/24/2015 - 9:27am
If You Like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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.

Eat, Pray, Love "presents the memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience and wholeness."

There have been some wonderful books with the theme of self-discovery through travel, as in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Their journeys have been life changing for them and perhaps also for the reader.

If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, then you may also like these titles:

Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez.
This classic won the 1986 National Book Award. This book is based on a number of extended trips the author made into the Arctic region. His descriptions of the flora and fauna not only evoke the northern landscape, but give a true sense of the Arctic's importance to the health of our planet. More than twenty years after its publication this book has an even more important message for us.

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
A wild and fun travel narrative focusing on Horwitz's adventures sailing on a recreation of Captain's Cook's ship. Like Eat, Pray, Love it is well written and a lot of fun to read.

 

03/31/2015 - 8:38pm
Susanna Kearsley

One of our favorite authors is coming back to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and we’re doing our joyous happy dance! Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and friend of the library, will join us for a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, April 9, as part of her national tour. Susanna is a lively, warm, and engaging speaker, who generously shares stories about her writing and her research—which takes her travelling to exotic locales.

03/27/2015 - 1:33pm
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer: "A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that 'suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.' He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster." (Book Summary)

If you like nonfiction accounts of survival like Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, then you may also like these titles:

Adrift: Seventy-six days lost at sea by Steven Callahan
The author recalls his seventy-six day ordeal adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in a five foot inflatable raft, after the sinking of his sailboat, recounting his problems surviving the weather, shark attacks, raft leaks, and food and water shortages.
 

Alive: The story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read
On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable ... This is their story -- one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century. (amazon.com)

03/30/2015 - 11:22am
My Librarian: Your Personal Reading Advisor

Connecting you, the reader, to your personally perfect books is a passion for CRRL librarians. It’s a skill for which we are trained and an art in which we take oh-so-much pleasure. We try to read in many genres and across many disciplines to better help readers find what they need. That’s the body of professional knowledge on which we draw.  

03/10/2015 - 3:34pm
CRRL-Con: A Comic Book Convention at Your Library!

Really, we know you've wished to be invisible, have x-ray vision, breathe underwater, travel through time and space, or wave your magic wand to save the day.  Well, the library is here to celebrate those dreams! 

We're staging a comic book convention with fun activities for everyone in the family—no one is too young or too old to enjoy CRRL-Con!  Mark your calendars for the big event on Saturday, April 25, 1-5 pm, at the England Run Branch, with a special appearance by Vader's  501st Legion. Hey, we're having a costume contest, so you can come as your favorite character, too!

08/29/2014 - 10:08pm
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)

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