Nonfiction

05/26/2016 - 4:02pm
Cover to Strange Maps

I never saw my grandfather read a book; his reading was confined to maps. He and his fishing buddies would pore over maps for places and routes for their fishing treks way up into Canada. That was my first inkling of the function of maps; Gramp always came back.

05/14/2016 - 1:42pm
Cover to Exhilarating Prose

Writing is a peculiar art. Some people seem to be born with a distinctive style and voice which comes effortlessly to them. Most of us, however, need to work hard to learn the fundamentals and are constantly seeking to improve our ability to craft sentences, create paragraphs, and organize a coherent series of ideas which make up a well-written book or article. 

04/13/2016 - 12:51pm
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette by Hampton Sides

It’s 1879, and Captain De Long and his 32 men receive quite the send-off on their way to explore the Arctic. Financed by an eccentric playboy newspaper publisher, they are as prepared as possible for the grueling years of making camp on ice floes, as well as winters of darkness and aching loneliness. Hampton Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice sets down their story of trying to be the first to reach the North Pole—which they and much of the scientific community believe to be a warm sea.

05/06/2016 - 2:35pm
CRRL Guest Picks: Financial Advisor and City Councilman Brad Ellis

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in Guest Picks for the library. I am generally reading one or two books at a time, and, as a family, we emphasize reading with our girls by reading nightly. I also enjoy challenging our oldest daughter (6-years-old) to help me find at least one "positive" story in the daily newspaper. My reading usually focuses on professional development (typically finance and investment-related books) and personal growth, often autobiographies, and personal coaching types of books to help elevate my performance in all areas of life.

05/16/2016 - 10:02am
Homeschooling 101

About this time seventeen years ago, I made a decision that changed my life and the lives of my children forever. I decided to homeschool. It was the best choice at that point in our lives, and although I have reconsidered our decision several times since, I always come back to the fact that homeschooling just works for us. Presently, two of my boys have graduated and are out in the wide world, and my youngest son will be done with high school at the end of next year.

I learned many things over the years—Latin, logic and rhetoric, how to teach reading to children with different gifting and abilities, how to juggle three grades of math instruction at once, how to teach writing and conduct science labs at home, and many other subjects and skills. Throughout our time of learning at home, we’ve had a lot of help from a number of people and organizations, but the place where we received much of our information and materials was our local library.  

12/23/2015 - 2:56am
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

When stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari was offered a book deal, he opted against writing the typical humorous memoir. Instead Ansari, best known as Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, penned Modern Romance, an entertaining look at how relationships and dating have changed over the past few decades.

02/02/2016 - 3:49pm
Once a warrior, always a warrior : navigating the transition from combat to home

For many of us Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.  Pools and amusement parks open to a regular schedule, children bring out their water toys, picnics are planned, and moms start dreading the increased loads of laundry.

Amidst all this excitement, we should always pause and take a few moments to honor the service members who have served and given their lives for this country. 

One way to honor these brave men and women is to provide resources that can assist their family members and also all the surviving veterans and military members.

11/17/2015 - 2:32pm
Image of alert newborn being held

When I was fresh out of college and a first year teacher, I was very interested in applying all my knowledge, both practical and book-learned. The paraprofessional who worked with me in my classroom once joked, “When you have kids of your own, you’re going to read every book about raising kids and then find out that they can’t really tell you anything!!” Well, many years later, her words have come true . . . but just partially. With the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, I have access to hundreds of books on child-rearing—all I have to do is place a hold.

07/03/2015 - 4:15pm
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver: Follows the author's family's efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.

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The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. (catalog description)

 

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Humans used to know how to eat well but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." (catalog description)

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