Book Sketches

The Night Child by Anna Quinn

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 3:38pm -- JGranatino

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.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:59pm -- JGranatino

Cora, a third generation slave on a plantation in pre-Civil War Georgia, is an outcast even among the other slaves. Her mother ran away without her when she was 10 and her father died before she was born. Consequently, when she finally resolves to run away with Caesar to the north and out of slavery, Cora’s life changes forever. There have been numerous books written about the Underground Railroad and the horrors of slavery over the years.

An Appeal to the World: the way to peace in a time of division by Dalai Lama XIV and Franz Alt

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:47am -- JGranatino

This slender book begins with a timely appeal for secular ethics and peace,  in which the Dalai Lama urges us to reconnect with “our innate human nature, our natural affinity for goodness, compassion, and caring for others,” realizing we are truly one family and reflecting on how we might best serve each other.

Drawing Calm: relax, refresh, refocus with 20 drawing, painting and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet and more by Susan Evenson

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:32am -- JGranatino

Using calming works by great masters for inspiration, Evenson guides the reader in art projects using pastels, paints, and collages designed to spark creativity while promoting relaxation and mindfulness.

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: the truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr by Anthony William

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 1:41pm -- JGranatino

William's third book in his Medical Medium Series, Medical Medium Thyroid Healing puts a new spin on the epidemic of thyroid disease. He asserts that the reason why so many thyroid patients don't get enough relief from medication is not because of the thyroid. This, in itself, is another symptom of a far greater problem. The issue is an underlying virus that is invasive to the body.

White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:04am -- JGranatino

During WWII, Japanese-occupied Koreans were subject to severe punishment for keeping to their culture, even taking on Japanese names for fear of reprisal. Hana is sixteen years old and has become one of the honored haenyeo, a diving woman, to help provide her family with food from the sea. While diving one day, she spots a soldier headed towards her younger sister on the beach.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 3:23pm -- JGranatino

Anna Fox lives alone, a voluntary prisoner in her own home. Until a traumatic accident left her in pain and afraid to face the outside world, Anna led a normal life as a therapist, a loving mother and wife. Now one of the few links to the outside world is her blog, through which she counsels others. In between sessions, she watches classic black & white movies, spies on her neighbors and self-medicates.

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