Book Sketches

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 11:44am -- JGranatino

It’s 1982 and Viv Delaney has run away from her home in Illinois to try and make it in New York City. Unfortunately her plans are derailed and she finds herself in Upstate New York working the night shift at the Sun Down Motel. Before long, Viv realizes that something isn’t right at the Sun Down and she’s determined to uncover all the secrets hidden at the motel. But Viv learns the hard way that some secrets were never meant to be uncovered.

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:34pm -- JGranatino

Poland, 1941. Roza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, hide in the loft of a neighbor’s barn, the only survivors of another Jewish family murdered by Nazi soldiers. They have nothing except their memories of musical family gatherings with young Shira capturing the melodies in her head while she dances around the room. Now she must remain silent to avoid giving away their hiding place.

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:17am -- JGranatino

Malcolm Kershaw, owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, is approached by FBI agent Gwen Mulvey when a series of murders seemingly copied from a blog of his entitled “Eight Perfect Murders” throws the spotlight his way. Malcolm chose eight of what he considered the best examples of unsolvable murders in literature from authors such as Agatha Christie, Donna Tartt, Patricia Highsmith and John D.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 12:43pm -- JGranatino

Lydia Perez and her young son, Luca, are at a family cookout when gunfire erupts. Her husband is a reporter targeted for his work exposing members of a powerful Mexican cartel and while she and Luca hide in the shower, all other family members are murdered. After the massacre, Lydia realizes she is not safe and the two head “norte”, hoping to hide and start a new life in the United States.

The Clutter Remedy: a guide to getting organized for those who love their stuff

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 9:47am -- JGranatino

Marie Kondo’s popular books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy offer radical remedies to eliminating unnecessary possessions and simplifying our living spaces. Marla Stone takes a more measured approach. She suggests our inner states are reflected in our surroundings and emphasizes greater introspection to discover why our homes seem cluttered and disorganized.

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 4:44pm -- JGranatino

In a dazzling debut, Frances Cha introduces us to five twenty-something Korean women who, each battling their own challenges (reaching for unattainable beauty standards, dealing with the expectations of men, carving out careers and paths in life) learn that they are stronger together when facing the glittering yet cutthroat world of modern Seoul. 

Ara is a mute hair stylist obsessed with a K-pop boy-band member.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:30am -- JGranatino

This book begins with a magazine writer named Monique who is handed the story of a lifetime. She is asked to interview the extremely private and infamous aging Hollywood movie star Evelyn Hugo regarding her decision to sell off many of her dresses for charity. Evelyn asks for Monique specifically, much to the chagrin of every other columnist in New York.

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