BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Oct 29
Good Behavior follows Letty, a con artist, who has just been released from prison, and is up to her old tricks burglarizing rooms at high end hotels. While she is in the middle of her latest heist she overhears a man who is hiring a hitman to murder his wife. Letty decides to make an attempt to derail the job since she can’t go to the police and ends up in a dangerously seductive relationship with the killer. Crouch also wrote the science fiction thriller, Dark Matter. ...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Oct 27
What distinguishes author Tias Little’s book from many other yoga handbooks is his exploration not only of the physical benefits of yoga postures (asanas) and breathing practices but also of yoga’s profound effects upon the mental/emotional realms and upon what he describes as the subtle (energetic) body. Even the most experienced yoga practitioner will gain much from Little’s impressive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and Western approaches to manual therapy as well as his grasp of basic...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Oct 27
In her newest publication, Mary Oliver shares her close observations of the natural world and her reflections on creativity, the act of writing, and her own literary influences (Emerson, Poe, Whitman, the Romantic poets, and others). Her wide-ranging meditations on human and animal friends, building a house, her beloved Provincetown, and ultimately, on the mysteries of living and dying are lucid and evocative, demonstrating why she is one of our most widely-acclaimed contemporary poets. While...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 19
  The Butterfly Garden follows the story of a highly disturbed man who collects “butterflies” to keep in his garden. These “butterflies” are women who have been kidnapped and marked with a large and intricate tattoo on their backs by this man who they call the Gardener. The story begins with Maya who has escaped and slowly begins filling in the pieces of her life before her time in the Garden and the nightmare she experienced while there to a pair...
Posted by BHanley on Tue, Oct 18
In this captivating first novel, Ivey explores the life of Jack and Mabel, two homesteaders who have settled in the forbidding Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s. Childless and lonely, in a rare, playful moment they build a snow child. When the snow child disappears overnight, they begin to encounter a mysterious and beautiful little girl and her companion fox in the forest near their home.  Based on a Russian fairy tale of the snow maiden or snegurochka, this enchanting story casts its spell...
Posted by BHanley on Wed, Oct 12
Author Tom Bissell visits sites that claim to be the tombs of the twelve apostles to investigate and better understand biblical, historical, and apocryphal accounts of early Christianity.  He hopes to unravel the varied and sometimes perplexing stories of Jesus’ closest companions as they have come to us and examines their differing perspectives on how to spread Jesus’ teachings. Bissell’s travels take him to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, where he converses with archeologists, clergy, and...
Posted by BHanley on Wed, Oct 12
This compact book explores the lives and work of two iconic figures of design and the decorative arts: England’s William Morris (1834-96) and Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949), born in Spain but later residing in Venice. Morris is best known for his influence on all aspects of the British Arts & Crafts Movement and his many contributions to literature and the book arts. Fortuny’s accomplishments range from bold fashion designs, such as his famous “Delphos” dress, and new fabric dyeing techniques...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Oct 06
On August 15 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Mexican cookbooks by Rick Bayless, the most we've ever tasted and rated in one meeting...seven cookbooks. It was also our one year anniversary meeting which we celebrated at the home of one of our members, where we were able try two of Rick's recipes for imbibing. They included:   Authenic Mexico: Regional Cooking From the Heart of Mexico first published in 1987 and then...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 05
Readers may think that The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is going to be all jokes but it is really a collection of essays over the course of Schumer’s life. The stories are not in any particular order and range from talking about her upbringing, to first jobs and an eclectic collection of relationship stories.  Schumer will surprise you with her vulnerability and admission of being an introvert, along with all of the happiness and heartbreak that has led her to the life she leads now...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Sep 26
Sleeping Giants is an entertaining science fiction novel about the discovery of artifacts resembling gigantic stone body parts, and the people whose lives revolve around that discovery. It is written like a collection of interviews, and in chronological order, readers gleam events through the words of eye witnesses. Sleeping Giants progresses under the guidance of a nameless agent, the curator of the interview files that comprise the book's content. This novel is a fun foray...

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