George Washington and his family had strong ties to the Fredericksburg region. Washington was born in Westmoreland County. He spent some of his formative years at Ferry Farm in Stafford County, and his mother, Mary Washington, lived in Fredericksburg the last 17 years of her life, while his sister, Betty, lived at the home now known as Kenmore with her husband, Fielding Lewis.
When “Baltimore boy” and chef John Shields brought his Chesapeake Bay-style cooking to California years ago, he was urged to write a cookbook about the regional cuisine. Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields is in its 25th anniversary edition now, but its recipes and reminiscences are as fresh as they are delicious.
Many mysteries have been explained through space exploration, but one remains unanswered: Is there anybody else out there? Let the Curiosity rover guide you through the dusty red planet, while she searches for evidence of other life!
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón had many, many pets. She had Bonito the parrot who, like Frida, was as colorful as the house she lived in on 247 Londres Street in the city of Coyoacán, Mexico. In La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo was inspired by her animalitos to create beautiful and imaginative pieces of modern art.
Suburban Chic to Backwoods Barnyard
When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they gave up their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer’s life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.
During the Big Library Read, the digital version and audiobook will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist. Flat Broke With Two Goats can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees.
Making It Social
Author and university professor Jennifer McGaha loves reading and libraries, and she's written a friendly letter of introduction for Big Library Read participants. Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online at Overdrive's site, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.
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Bob Thomas represents the 28th district in Virginia's House of Delegates, which includes Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2003, Bob and a fellow Marine started their own local company, Capriccio Software. He and his wife, Christi, have eight children and spend some of their free time traveling the country in their motorhome.
Richard is the perfect husband. He's charming, intelligent, and financially successful. He makes his fiancé Nelly feel safe. But, Richard doesn't know about the strange phone calls Nelly has been receiving, with no one at the other end of the line. He doesn't know about the feeling she's been having, the feeling that she's being watched.
Some people seem to inherently understand finances. They can create budgets, savings plans and retirement plans and adhere to them effortlessly. No matter how much I wish that I was one of these people, I am not. However, when I began my career, I quickly came to realize that without a budget or plans for my financial future that my dreams of owning a home, traveling the country, and retiring and not having to worry about money were never going to come to fruition. Luckily, I work at a library that surrounds me every day with the resources I need to plan for and attain my goals.
In Words on Bathroom Walls, by Julia Walton, Adam, now 16, has suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations for years. Only recently has he finally been diagnosed as schizophrenic. This diagnosis makes sense to Adam, who is accustomed to mobsters bursting into classrooms and firing machine guns at will and the naked man who follows him around and keeps him company sometimes—of course, these are things only he sees hears and experiences.
As well as finally receiving a diagnosis, Adam has also found himself in a clinical trial for a new drug to help with his symptoms. As part of the trial, Adam must be closely monitored to ensure that the medication is only having positive effects on him. The book is written as Adam’s diary entries to his therapist. His therapy sessions are a required part of the clinical trial, but Adam refuses to speak to the man. Instead, he pens answers to the various questions for the therapist to read later.