BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
In a dystopian future set in 2074, global warming has caused seas to rise, obliterating Florida and most of what we know as the American continental shoreline. Omar El Akkad has imagined a second Civil War, fought over fossil fuel and told through the eyes of Benjamin Chestnut. His aunt Sara T, known as Sarat, is only 6 years old when her father was killed by a suicide bomber, her family escaping to a refugee camp in the South (the Red zone) known as “Patience”. A few years later, the camp is...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
Life in Mitford, North Carolina, ebbs and flows with the seasons. In Jan Karon’s new installment of The Mitford Series titled To Be Where You Are, Father Tim’s adopted son, Dooley, is married to the love of his life, Lace, and the newlywed couple are busily setting up a veterinary practice and in the process of adopting a young boy, Jack Tyler. A plumbing disaster sets the couple back financially but Lace is offered a commission for a mural that will cover the cost. Trying to balance...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
Claire Messud has given us a beautifully drawn coming-of-age story in her new novel, The Burning Girl. Julia (Juju) and Cassie met in nursery school, instantly becoming best friends. They had great adventures together, even finding an abandoned asylum in the woods in which they acted out stories in the ruins. Cassie's mother had claimed she was a young widow but Cassie often fantasized her father was still alive and missing her. As often happens, the two grew apart in their teens but...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Oct 03
This memoir – a collection of letters written over a period of thirty years - vividly chronicles the life of Colombian artist Emma Reyes (1919-2003). Growing up in abject poverty and illiteracy in Bogotá, abandoned by her mother, and brought to live in a convent orphanage, she improbably rose from life of cruel deprivation to become a visual artist, mingling with distinguished artists and intellectuals from South America and the Continent. Emma’s dogged will to survive and her incredible...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Oct 03
In this book, author Mary Otto reveals what could be described as an “oral health crisis” in our county, a crisis with far-reaching and often surprising health ramifications and serious social consequences. Millions of Americans lack dental care, resulting in chronic pain, periodontal disease, infection, and possible tooth loss. Increasingly, the mouth is viewed as an ecosystem; links are suspected between poor dental hygiene/periodontal disease and diabetes, inflammatory diseases such as...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Sep 25
If you enjoy creating detailed abstract images such as Zentangle drawings, you may also enjoy designing mandalas. These symmetrical circular designs, visually representing integration and wholeness, can be found in many traditional cultures – Hindu, Buddhist, and Native American/Aboriginal – and can also be seen in Christian rose windows or labyrinths such as the famous one in Chartres Cathedral. Classically used as a tool for meditation and healing, mandalas can generate a centered, relaxed...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Sep 25
Watching Gal Gadot’s performance in the recent Wonder Woman film, you may have recalled a childhood attraction to talented, strong, and empowered female heroes. Maggs’ book offers brief biographies of little-known real life “wonder women,” who made stunning contributions in the fields of science and medicine, invention, exploration –and even espionage! Learn about the intrepid Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935), who was born and also taught in Providence, fought gender bias to obtain her...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Sep 21
Hilderbrand's latest summer offering, The Identicals, is once again set in Nantucket (as well as Martha's Vineyard) and centers around identical twin sisters, Harper and Tabitha Frost. With their parents's divorce, the 17-year-old girls are being torn apart and forced to pick a parent to live with and do so by the game, rock, paper, scissors. So off to Martha's Vineyard goes Harper happily to live with her laid-back dad while Tabitha resentfully goes to live with her mother in Nantucket. Both...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Sep 21
Iris and Will are a seemingly very happily married couple who are trying to start a family. After Will leaves on a business trip, Iris, a school counselor, learns that a plane has crashed and she is asked to speak with the students about this tragedy. It isn't long before she is notified that Will was on the plane leaving Iris gobsmacked as she was told by Will that he was heading to a different destination. Iris finds herself consumed with learning the truth about Will, and her twin brother,...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Sep 21
Maddy is the perfect mother and perfect wife living the perfect life. Fabiaschi's I Liked My Life is the story of Maddy, mother to 17-year-old Eve and husband to Brady, who is seemingly living the good life in a posh Boston neighborhood until she commits suicide. Now Brady and Eve are left to pick up the pieces and make sense of this tragedy. What would make a woman, who on the surface has everything, do something like that? Eve and Brady can't move on until they take a good look at Maddy's...

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