Michele Brown

09/16/2015 - 12:44pm
Paddling the Rappahannock with Brent Hunsinger

Adventure and discovery! It's on everyone's bucket list, right? You can find thrills, surprises, and enlightenment close to home by cruising the Rappahannock River.  But before you go, do a little armchair adventuring with Brent Hunsinger, who joins us to share his experiences paddling the entire course of the Rappahannock, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, raising awareness of the river for the Friends of the Rappahannock. Brent will present at the Headquarters Library on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.  

09/08/2015 - 11:27am
Bicycle Touring Author Glen Hanket Visits the Library

Coast-to-coast walker and cyclist Glen Hanket stops by on his current trip to share stories with us on Monday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. Glen is the author of Underwear by the Roadside: Litterwalk Coast-to-Coast and Wow! What a Ride, as well as a series of biking guides. On one trip across the country, Glen and his wife collected over four tons of litter from the roadside, and he will be speaking about our country and the environment. A software engineer by profession, Glen started his writing career penning weekend travel articles for the San Bernardino Sun and now owns and runs a publishing company. Glen will speak at the Headquarters Library. His books will be available for purchase and signing.  

09/04/2015 - 8:08pm
Getting into College --There's Help!

Parents, there's help for you and your high school student as you sift through the overwhelming deluge of information available on how to get into the college of your choice—and how to find financial aid. Professional college coach Felice Rollins presents a workshop on navigating the college admissions process, creating a timeline, and efficiently identifying opportunities for scoring financial aid and scholarship awards. Join her on Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., at our Porter Branch, or on Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., at our Salem Church Branch, and bring your future college graduate!

09/04/2015 - 12:36pm
If You Like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: A bulldozer is about to knock down Arthur Dent's home, but Earth is about to be destroyed anyways. Arthur may as well join his alien friend Ford Prefect on the intergalactic ride of his life. 

If you liked this title, you may also like the following books:

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
A clairvoyant girl enthralled by the mysterious beauty of butterflies marries the son of Congo missionaries, and the newlyweds set up a roadside zoo.  (catalog description)

 

Bill, the Galatic Hero by Harry Harrison
It was the highest honor to defend the Empire against the dreaded Chingers, an enemy race of seven-foot-tall lizards. But Bill, a Technical Fertilizer Operator from a planet of farmers, wasn't interested in honor-he was only interested in two things: his chosen career, and the shapely curves of Inga-Maria Calyphigia. Then a recruiting robot shanghaied him with knockout drops, and he came to in deep space, aboard the Empire warship Christine Keeler. And from there, things got even worse... From the sweltering fuse room aboard the Keeler, where he loses an arm while blasting a Chinger spaceship, to the Department of Sanitation far below the world-city of Helior, where he finds peace, job security, and unlimited trash...here is Bill, a pure-hearted fool fighting a deluxe cast of robots, androids, and aliens in a never-ending losing battle to preserve his humanity while upholding the glory of the Empire. (catalog summary) (Also, try his Stainless Steel Rat series)

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

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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.

04/24/2015 - 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)

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