BPL Blog

Posted by BHanley on Mon, Mar 27
Don’t let the unusual title fool you. This is the warm, humorous, and transformational story of Mr. Fikry, an island bookstore owner who has lost his reason for being. You’ll initially get to know him as a middle-aged curmudgeon. His wife died, his store is not doing well, and he rages against people and any books that he dislikes. Various people, including, but not limited to, the police chief, a publishing company’s sales rep and an abandoned baby who is left in his store, gradually help him...
Posted by DBarchi on Thu, Mar 23
A New Chapter Upstairs: 2nd Floor Renovation Blog March 22, 2017 The children’s department continues to be transformed every day with more and more details being added. Right now the contractors are working on installing beautiful wooden structures that will house the lights in the department. These wooden beams inspire our imagination. Do they resemble the ribs of a whale, the keel of a boat, piano keys? I have had many people give me different ideas, and I...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Mar 10
Mention the name of a familiar Golden Book – The Pokey Little PuppyScuffy the Tugboat or Five Little Firemen – to a Baby Boomer and it may evoke surprisingly misty-eyed and sentimental reminiscences of a particular favorite. Author Marcus notes that these inexpensive books, which were often sold in supermarkets for as little as twenty-five cents, brought children’s literature to the masses. The publisher assembled some of the finest illustrators of the time, making...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Mar 10
There was a flurry of excitement in the literary world when a handful of unpublished poems by the Chilean Nobel Laureate, Pablo Neruda, were unexpectedly discovered in 2014 at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Chile. Often described as “Whitmanesque,” Neruda is one of the greatest poets of the 20thcentury. His poems convey his deep passion for his wife Matilde and his gift for close observation of nature, objects, and people. They demonstrate his skill in choosing arresting and highly original...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Mar 08
Insurance investigator, Ryan Monahan is on the job again. This time he is looking for a reason not to pay on the 5 million dollar double indemnity life insurance policy Ana Bacon took out on herself. Ana was married to Tom Bacon, who was working as a stock trader when he made a horrible mistake that cost him his job. Her administrative assistant position was not pulling in enough money for them to maintain their lifestyle. And yet somehow, they are on a cruise to the Bahamas and Ana falls...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Mar 07
Globetrotting author Christine Toomey traveled 60,000 miles in the course of two years, from San Francisco to Kathmandu, in order to interview women who have chosen to be Buddhist nuns. Though they have adopted different forms of Buddhist practice and may live either in monastic settings or in the wider community, they are united in their dedication to pursuing enlightenment for themselves and all beings. In telling the inspiring journeys of these women from widely-varying backgrounds and...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Mar 07
In 1971, an arranged marriage brought Sabeeha Rehman from Pakistan to New York City.  From her charming descriptions of Pakistani marriage customs and traditional family life to her lively -- and often funny -- tales of her adjustment to American life, her memoir is a page turner. Rehman’s timely account highlights the difficulties immigrant families face in trying to remain faithful to their most cherished cultural and religious values while integrating successfully into their adopted land. At...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Mar 06
Zeba lived the ordinary life of a housewife in Afghanistan, cooking and caring for her four surviving children and husband. One day everything changed. Her children came home from school to the smell of dinner burning on an untended stove, and her son ran out to the backyard to find his mother nearly catatonic and his father dead with a bloody axe nearby. Afghani justice is harsh and soon Zeba finds herself awaiting trial in prison, her children sent to an aunt's home. Despite the best efforts...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Mar 06
Four women on a girls’ trip fend for their lives after a white water rafting adventure goes awry. Suddenly they are without their raft, supplies and their guide. To make matters worse, they now find themselves alone in the Maine wilderness at least 25 miles from civilization.  Left to struggle with the elements and a menacing presence  that is threatening their lives. the women must keep their wits to figure out if they can escape to safety. If you enjoy thrill seeking adventure stories, this...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Feb 27
Jenny Offill has created a unique story of a marriage through brief anecdotes over several years. Starting off with a young woman beginning a career, boyfriends, marriage, the birth of a daughter and a betrayal, Offill allows the reader to feel the character's emotions as her thought processes from colicky babies>sleep deprivation>studies on cats with sleep deprivation who went crazy. The title comes from a series of letters postmarked "Dept of Speculation" from wife to husband, a code...

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