Blog Category: Book Sketches

Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Feb 05
Cyril Conroy has built a thriving business in Philadelphia, and surprises his growing family with the purchase of the beautiful Dutch House, a glass masterpiece complete with ballroom. Siblings Maeve and Danny are close, brought even closer when their mother leaves abruptly and their father remarries. The new stepmother, Andrea, is obsessed with the house and when Cyril dies, she inherits both the business and the stunning house, leaving both siblings to fend for themselves. Years later, a near...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Jan 31
If you enjoyed Sleeping With the Enemy, this is the book for you!   Beth Murphy is on the run from her abusive husband, trying to hide her tracks and start a new life for herself. Sabine Hardison, a prominent realtor in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is missing and her husband, Jeffrey is the main suspect in her disappearance. Marcus, a seasoned detective, is on Sabine's case. He knows Jeffrey has something to hide and won't stop until he figures out what.  Told from the perspectives of Beth,...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Dec 30
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. Sujin is an optimistic girl searching for her place in the world and turns to...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Dec 11
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. However, Monique soon finds out that what Evelyn actually wants is to tell her entire life story to Monique and have Monique write her...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 04
In a stunning debut, Alix Harrow takes you on a journey through books within books, worlds within worlds, and mysteries within mysteries. Your heroine is January Scaller, the seventeen year old ward of Mr. Locke, a member of the exclusive New England Archaeological Society, who employs January’s father to acquire objects of interest around the world. January grows up surrounded by curious artifacts and given anything she could ever need, but she never feels like she belongs. When her father...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Oct 31
In her latest book, Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun and pupil of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche, offers strategies for facing unanticipated and disconcerting events of life with equanimity, compassion, and wisdom. Chodron is best known for her simple and no-nonsense approach, offering a living spirituality for encountering the everyday challenges of life. She discusses a variety of approaches to the unwelcome, including meditation practices, aimed at “fully awakening the heart and...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Oct 28
In this novel, Moyes delivers a fictionalized version of a little known initiative in American history: the WPA’s Pack Horse Library Project. From 1934-1943, “book ladies” traveled on horseback and mules, promoting literacy by teaching reading and lending books, magazines, and scrapbooks to residents of the remote and almost inaccessible regions of Kentucky’s coal country. Her endearing cast of characters face the challenges of the rugged life in Depression-era Appalachia, and the packhorse...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Oct 15
Fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments may enjoy this dark tale of an unnamed dystopian island where familiar natural and man-made objects randomly disappear – and subsequently also disappear from the collective memory. Those who retain memories of disappeared items are in grave danger, potentially attracting the attention of frightening authoritarian enforcers called the Memory Police, and so many of them go into hiding. The book focuses on a young...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Oct 04
One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the remote Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern tip of Russia, two young sisters go missing. Their disappearance sends shockwaves through the tight-knit community and leaves everyone, even the police, wondering what happened to them.  Told over the course of a year following the disappearance, one month per chapter, Phillips' powerful debut novel connects the lives of a cast of diverse female characters changed by the sisters' abduction including a...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Oct 04
After losing her job and her live-in boyfriend all in one day, Jules is struggling to stay afloat. So when the job of a lifetime - being an apartment sitter in one of Manhattan's most exclusive apartment buildings, the Bartholomew - drops in her lap, giving her not only an income but a upscale place to live, Jules accepts without asking any questions. But maybe she should have... The Bartholomew gig comes with some strange rules: No visitors, no nights spent away from the apartment, and no...

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