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Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Apr 23
What happens when a young man is caught between what is usually described as the "two sides" in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, between love of country and love for life and  humanity, between faith and friendship? In lyrical prose and first person narration Sadness is a White Bird is constructed through memories and something like a confessional letter. We follow Jonathan, a 19 year old newly trained American-Israeli soldier in the IDF struggling with his place in this...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Apr 23
“But stories are like people, Atticus. Loving them doesn’t make them perfect. You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws. The flaws are still there, though.” Fans of Rhode Island horror writer H.P. Lovecraft may come to this book expecting uncanny, tentacled encounters with Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, and other extraterrestrial monstrosities, but the real horrors here are all too terrestrial: the horrors of racism and discrimination. Members of a black family living in the Jim Crow era...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Apr 23
In the 1980s, in rural upstate New York, three young teens are bound together for life by a terrible secret. Matthew is the leader, an edgy, brilliant, but troubled boy with an abusive home life; Patrick is shyer and more conventional, a born follower; and Hannah is an innocent girl whose crush on a “bad boy” leads her into places darker than she could have imagined. The story begins with a disturbing act of violence, then flashes forward to 2008. Hannah is a crime reporter married to Patrick,...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Apr 18
In an instant, the everyday life of Nora Nolan changes. She and her husband, Charlie, have raised their kids in a quiet cul-de-sac in bustling New York City. Nora loves her family, her demanding but rewarding job, her neighbors (well, most of them) and the city itself. They go to block barbecues and neighborhood parties, and even share the same handyman, Ricky. It’s been a life of privilege for the Nolans. One day a parking dispute between one of her most belligerent neighbors and Ricky becomes...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Apr 10
In this Glass Castle-esque memoir, Tara Westover delivers a compelling read that takes readers through her childhood growing up in rural Idaho with a survivalist family through her everyday struggles with her father and brother's mental illness and eventually her journey in obtaining her PhD from Cambridge University. While she received no formal education growing up, at age 17 Westover first set foot in a classroom at Brigham Young University. She details the balance she must find between the...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Apr 09
On the eve of her wedding to successful, handsome but possessive Zach, Clare unexpectedly changes her mind. A chance encounter with a kind, elderly visitor named Edith helps Clare put things into perspective, giving her the courage to walk away much to the relief of her friends and family. As she takes stock of her options, now wide open, she is contacted by Edith’s lawyer with news that she is the heir to Edith’s home in a lovely Delaware shore town once used as a boarding house, called Blue...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Apr 06
Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant currently on a layover in Dubai, wakes up with a horrific hangover from a long night of partying. As she turns to regard the sleeping man beside her, she realizes he’s been murdered and she’s covered with his blood. Did she do this during a blackout, and if not, who did and why had she been spared? And so the lies begin, for if she’s discovered, don’t they hang women in Dubai without due process? Cassie must find out why Alex was targeted, who knows about her...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Apr 02
Richard seems like the perfect man - handsome, smart, sophisticated and charming. Nellie, a pre-school teacher, comes from a different world but finds herself swept up into a whirlwind romance  and marriage. But things have changed; Nellie and Richard have been unable to conceive a child, the once-perfect couple has divorced and Nellie is obsessed with her replacement, Richard's new fiancee. Is this simply a portrait of a jealous ex-wife, or something more sinister? Assume nothing. Hendricks...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Mar 22
Ernt Allbright, a former Vietnam POW, has moved his family from place to place, unable to find peace in the turbulent 70s. A former buddy didn’t make it back home and has willed his home in Alaska to Ernt, so they pack up their few belongings in an old VW van and head north. Alaska is a wild and unforgiving place, so the Allbrights need to learn quickly how to survive the long harsh winter. But the long dark days take a toll on Ernt, and his drinking and violent behavior escalate. His anger and...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Mar 14
Nora Brown, a high school English teacher, begins to have hallucinations and blackouts during which she becomes Margaret, a terrified six year old child. Her husband, Paul, and young daughter, Fiona, try to cope as Nora is seen by doctors and eventually, a psychiatrist. While under his care, Margaret begins to take over Nora’s consciousness more and more. Eventually, Nora’s mental state deteriorates so much that she is committed to a psychiatric ward as the dual personalities clash. This debut...

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