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1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)

2. “Prodigal Son” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

3. “The Assassin” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (G.P Putnam’s Sons)

4. “One Wish” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

5. “The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)

6. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press)

7. “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler (Knopf)

8. “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs (Ace)

9. “Private Vegas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

10. “Mightier than the Sword” by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press)

11. “Leaving Berlin” by Joseph Kanon (Atria)

12. “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

13. “Heir to the Jedi” by Kevin Hearne (Del Rey/Lucas)

14. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

15. “The Whites” by Richard Price (Henry Holt and Co.)


1. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed)

2. “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan)

3. “The 20/20 Diet” by Phil McGraw (Bird Street Books)

4. “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

5. “Bold” by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (Simon & Schuster)

6. “Goddesses Never Age” by Christiane Northrup (Hay House)

7. “Effortless Healing” by Joseph Mercola (Harmony)

8. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler (Dey Street Books)

9. “Girl in a Band” by Kim Gordon (Morrow/Dey Street)

10. “Money: Master the Game” by Tony Robbins (Simon & Schuster)

11. “Get What’s Yours” by Laurence Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman (Simon & Schuster)

12. “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen (Rodale)

13. “The Food Babe Way” by Vani Hari (Little, Brown)

14. “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald (Grove)

15. “You Can, You Will” by Joel Osteen (FaithWords)


1. “The Target” by David Baldacci (Vision)

2. “One Wish” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

3. “Festive in Death” by J.D. Robb (Berkley)

4. “Close to Home” by Lisa Jackson (Kensington/Zebra)

5. “The Longest Ride” (movie tie-in) by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

6. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Berkley)

7. “American Sniper” (movie tie-in) by Chris Kyle (Harper)

8. “A Real Prince” by Debbie macomber (Mira)

9. “Missing You” by Harlan Coben (Dell)

10. “The City” by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

11. “The Heist” by Daniel Silva (Harper)

12. “Power Play” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

13. “The Apple Orchard” by Susan Wiggs (Mira)

14. “The Immortal Who Loved Me” by Lynsay Sands (Avon)

15. “Sight Unseen” by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen (St. Martin’s Press)


1. “American Sniper” (movie tie-in) by Chris Kyle (William Morrow)

2. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis (Grand Central Publishing)

3. “The Collector” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

4. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty (Berkley)

5. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown (Penguin Press)

6. “Still Alice: A Novel” (movie tie-in) by Lisa Genova (Pocket)

7. “Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)

8. “Unbroken” (movie tie-in) by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (movie tie-in) by E.L. James (Vintage)

10. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)

11. “Wild” (movie tie-in) by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

12. “The Girls of Mischief Bay” by Susan Mallery (Mira)

13. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman (Moody/Northfield)

14. “Life Is _______” by Judah Smith (Thomas Nelson)

15. “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” by J.J. Smith (Atria)

Movie Review: ‘Accidental Love’

The latest film from David O. Russell is something of a Frankenstein’s monster. Shut down at least four times during the 2008 shoot because of money problems, the $26 million comedy, boasting a sterling cast, languished for years until it was finally resuscitated in a bizarre business deal last year.

Make no mistake: “Accidental Love” is no horror film, although there are moments that may elicit groans of despair from fans of the director’s much lauded “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.”

Filmed under the working title “Nailed,” and based on a novel by former “Saturday Night Live” and “Futurama” writer Kristin Gore — the former vice president’s daughter — the film is a broad satire of health-care policy. It’s about a woman (Jessica Biel) who is shot in the head with a nail gun and then denied surgery because she is uninsured, and it features performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Hader, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and Paul Reubens. After sitting on the shelf, the unfinished footage was cobbled together by producer Kia Jam, who managed to find a distributor.

The finished product, finally available on demand and scheduled for a limited theatrical release later this month, is credited to director “Stephen Greene,” a pseudonym, and for good reason. It bears no resemblance whatsoever to anything by Russell, who negotiated an agreement with the Directors Guild of America to remove his name — if not every whiff of his prestige — from the credits.

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The tale centers on Biel’s Alice, a Midwestern waitress whose condition causes her to lose sexual inhibition (and occasionally to speak Portuguese). After traveling to Washington, Alice embarks on an affair with Gyllenhaal’s corrupt congressman while lobbying for a bill that would provide medical coverage to people with catastrophic health issues. The other unsubtle poster children for her cause are a man (Morgan) with a distended rectum and a minister with a constant, painful erection (Kurt Fuller).

While such heavy-handed gags might work in cartoon or sketch-comedy form, they mostly fall flat here. Even the political humor, while sharper, comes across as silly. Keener, for instance, plays a congresswoman with a pet project to build a military base on the moon.

Although the acting isn’t bad, the film looks and sounds unpolished, with an intrusive, slapdash score and an over-reliance on weirdly tilted camera angles. They lend the film a psychological instability, rather than, as probably intended, a funhouse feel.

The curiosity factor here is not negligible, because of Russell’s original participation in the project and his talented cast (which once included James Caan, who walked off the set and was subsequently replaced by James Brolin as the House Speaker). Washington audiences may also get a kick out of watching even such a gross caricature as this.

But they’d better be prepared for a blunt instrument. As Marsden’s character remarks to Alice, his fiancee, about the romantic restaurant which unfortunately is undergoing renovations as they’re eating there: “The ambiance is a little . . . nail-gunny.”—M.O.

PG-13 Contains crude language and sensuality. 100 minutes. Available through Amazon Instant, Google Play, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu, and YouTube.

Asturian-American Painters Speak at GSC

Art Zoller Wagner and his mother Honnie Wagner recently held a presentation in the gallery at Glenville State College about their art exhibit, ‘Three Generations of Asturian-American Painters.’

The show included pieces by Art, his mother Honnie, and his grandfather Emilio Fernandez for a dynamic show that encompassed around 100 years of culture and history in West Virginia’s Asturian communities that got their start in the early 1900s. During the discussion, the pair shared a slide show of photos from visits to the Spanish town and surrounding areas and answered questions about history, family, their paintings, and the immigrant experience.

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Art Wagner and his mother Honnie Wagner stand next to
a painting done by Art’s grandfather Emilio Fernandez.

The various pieces in the show begin with an enterprising Spanish immigrant who came to West Virginia around 1917, continue with the retrospective reflections expressed by his daughter, and extend to his grandson, whose introspective works explore longing and connection. “We offered this visual journey as a metaphor for the multigenerational immigrant experience in West Virginia,” said Art Wagner.

Asturias, a region along the northern coast of Spain, saw many of its residents come to the United States due to high unemployment and punishing labor conditions during the early 1900s. A significant number of Asturian’s ended up in Harrison County, West Virginia where they made their homes and worked in zinc smelting factories.

2015 Congressional Youth Art Competition Winners Announced

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Eight young artists have been selected as winners in the annual Congressional Art Competition which is on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston through April 6. The exhibition is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts (WVDEA) and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH).

On Tuesday, March 3, Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin of the WVDEA welcomed guests, and Deputy Commissioner Caryn Gresham of the WVDCH, Aaron Metz, representing Congressman David McKinley, Fred Joseph, representing Congressman Alex Mooney and Michael Chirico, representing Congressman Evan Jenkins presented first-place awards to Boku Kondo of Ravenswood High School, Ravenswood, Jackson County; Brooklyn Lily of Pike View High School, Princeton, Mercer County; and Brooke Shull of Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, Harrison County. The first-place winners received a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials and their work will represent West Virginia in the annual Congressional Art Competition for art students.                                                                                           

An additional five second-place winners received awards including Brooke King of Ripley High School, Ripley, Jackson County; Lauren Lyons of Grafton High School, Grafton, Taylor County; Megan Matt of Huntington High School, Huntington, Cabell County; Eleanor Paybins of Capital High School, Charleston, Kanawha County; and Michaela Swiger of Lincoln High School, Shinnston, Harrison County. Second-place winners received a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials.

The Congressional Art Exhibition consists of 75 pieces by 70 students, grades 9-12, from 11 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition.

All winners were selected by Laurie Goldstein-Warren of Buckhannon. She has worked and studied extensively in watercolors and her work has been shown nationally and internationally, as well in regional venues. She is a member of nine watercolor societies and has been included in publications by North Light Books.

Goldstein-Warren led a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, “Techniques of Working With Watercolors.” Students learned about paper, brushes, paint and various techniques. She also helped students create their own original abstract watercolor piece.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual-art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. The competition is sponsored by members of the United States Congress and culminates in a year-long exhibition at the United States Capitol building.

A complete list of students whose work is included in the exhibition is below.

For more information, contact Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator for the division, at 304.558.0220 x 128, or email her at .

2015 Congressional Art Competition Participants

Art Teacher: Belinda Thobois

Zeke Poore (Grade 10)
  Texture Still Life - Graphite and Pencil

Britney Wilson (Grade 12)
  Pine Cone Collage - Torn Paper

  Art Teacher: Pamela G. Lake
  Daniel Frame (Grade 12)
  Wolfiki - Collage

Ashlee James (Grade 12)
  American Beauty - Colored Pencil

Laura Lake (Grade 12)
  Autumn Water - Oil paint
  Just Me - Oil pastels

  Art Teacher: Diana Frazier

Erica Budd (Grade 11)
  Snow on the Limb - Photography

Isaac Carpenter (Grade 11)
  January Sunset - Photography

Heather Childers (Grade 11)
  Dragonfly at School Pond - Photography

Jordan Christian (Grade 12)
  Water Drill - Photography

Breanna Clark (Grade 10)
  Snowball - Photography

Austin Cooper (Grade 10)
  Morning Rain - Photography

Kayla Crawford (Grade 11)
  November Skies - Photography

Destiny Johnson (Grade 10)
  Tree Branch - Photography

Drew Lauhon (Grade 11)
  West Virginia B&W - Digital Photography

Megan Matt (Grade 10)
  B&W Sunflower - Photography
  Second Place, District 3

Tanner McCoy (Grade 11)
  Snowy Morning - Photography

Emily Payton (Grade 12)
  New River - Photography

Ian Simms (Grade 11)
  Rising Star - Photography

Tianna Slash (Grade 11)
  Hills of Fog - Photography

Bonnie Thomas (Grade 12)
  Tree - Photography

  Art Teacher: Carolyn Light

Erika Hayhurst (Grade 10)
  Savannah in Red - India ink and acrylic paint

Erin Huffman (Grade 10)
  Who I Have Become - Charcoal, Prismacolor
        colored pencils, paper

Allison K. McIntyre (Grade 10)
  Reach - Graphite and Prismacolor colored pencils

Meredith Robinson (Grade 12)
  Summer Dreams - Mixed media

Brooke Shull (Grade 11)
  Garden of Heathen - Alcohol ink on panel
  First Place, District 1

Michaela Swiger (Grade 12)
  Morning Light - Clay board
  Second Place, District 1

  Art Teacher: Katherine Crim

Chayanna Beverly (Grade 12)
  Shout it from the Roof Tops - White line block print

Jada Bisset (Grade 12)
  Which Came First? The Tortoise or the Egg -
       Collage, cut paper

James Crim (Grade 12)
  From Dusk Until Dawn - Photography

Brooklynn Lehosit (Grade 11)
  Infinite - Pen and ink

Alyssa Shanholtz (Grade 9)
  Never-ending Shadows - Graphite

Bailey Spears (Grade 11)
  Deer in a Forest - Marker, watercolor,  salt

  Art Teacher: Patricia Anderson

Shally Bailes (Grade 12)
  Beans - Watercolor

Alissa Givens (Grade 11)
  Bagged Object Study - Prismacolor

Boku Kondo (Grade 12)
  Self Portrait - Acrylic
  First Place, District 2

Caleb Marcellais (Grade 10)
  Wild at Heart -Pen and ink

Hailey Miller (Grade 12)
  I Can’t Bear It - Paper

Taylor Nuzum (Grade 11)
  Ashton Irwin - Pen and ink

  Art Teacher: Debbie Sisson

Kylie Anderson (Grade 11)
  Nail Polish -Acrylic

Ariana Buckley (Grade 9)
  Sky Wheel - Photography

Kristy Canterbury (Grade 12)
  I See You! - Photography

Sydney Casto (Grade 9)
  Baron,  The Hungry Horse - Photography

Allyson N. Davis (Grade 11)
  Games We Play - Photography

Brooke King (Grade 11)
  Spellbound - Pen and ink
  Second Place, District 2

Kendra Sheets (Grade 12)
  A Study in Black and White - Charcoal

  Art Teacher: Christy Pennington

Gretel Toloza Alvarez (Grade 12)
  The Horse of My Dreams  - Oil

Bethany Ansel (Grade 11)
  I’m Looking At You! - Pen and ink

Kayla Barbazette (Grade 11)
  We the People - Pencil and colored pencil

Nicholli Matheny (Grade 12)
  The Sea Goat - Watercolor
  Let’s Get Tentacle - Acrylic

Eleanor Paybins (Grade 12)
  Stay Dreaming - Charcoal and chalk pastel
  A Challenger? - Charcoal and chalk pastel
  Second Place, District 2

Ambria Scott (Grade 12)
  Oppressive Goldfish - Oil pastel
  Happy Birthday - Oil Pastel

  Art Teacher: Deborah Pierce

Tiffany Bartram (Grade 12)
  Pink Rose - Colored Pencil

Sabrina Chapman (Grade 10)
  Untitled - Colored ink pens

Peyton Dolin (Grade 11)
  Louise - Graphite
  Enchanted - Graphite, acrylic paint

Jennifer Oxley (Grade 12)
  Black Umbrella - Colored pencil

Jacob Stevens (Grade 12)
  Rooster - Oil

  Art Teacher: Debra Moore

Hannah Inman (Grade 12)
  Cubistic Portrait - Oil Pastel

Cherith Marcum (Grade 12)
  Furpig - Collage

Katelyn Stuckey (Grade 10)
  Love Has No Color - Mixed media, collage

Lexi Yost (Grade 12)
  Color of Fun - Mixed media

  Art Teacher: Karen Adkins

Haley Hensley (Grade 11)
  There’s Beauty in Everything - Mixed media

Hannah Swartz (Grade 12)
  Books Are Their Own Art - Mixed media

Abigail Triplett (Grade 9)
  Connection - Mixed media

Sarina Vance (Grade 12)
  Snow Day - Acrylic

  Art Teacher: Linda Elmer

Sabrina Morris (Grade 12)
  Monochrome in Blue - Pencil and colored pencil

Abby Ott (Grade 12)
  Crystal Ball - Photography

  Art Teacher: Susan Parrish

Danielle Lavender (Grade 12)
  Broken Pieces - Oil

  Art Teacher: Katrina Runyon

Brooklyn Lily (Grade 12)
  Candle Tree - Mixed media
  First Place, District 3

  Art Teacher: Pam Thompson

Lauren Lyons (Grade 12)
  Flight  - Pencil and colored pencil
  Second Place, District 1

Victoria Willett (Grade 11)
  Woken - Pencil

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