BPL Blog

Posted by BHanley on Fri, Jan 27
Do you ever feel compelled to read all the books that a particular author has written? Mary Higgins Clark is that author for me. Having grown up reading Mary Higgins Clark all my life, whether or not I enjoy her books, I read.  Her newest series Under Suspicion centers around a television show that recreates cold murder case stories in the hopes of revealing the real killer. Laurie Moran, the show’s producer, has taken on the wealthy philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III murder story. His fiancé...
Posted by BHanley on Fri, Jan 27
Get informed about living gluten-free whether you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. Peter H.R. Green is a renowned expert on celiac disease and the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and Rory Jones, diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, is an adjunct professor of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Rory Jones specializes in writing about medical topics for the average consumer which makes this an easier read on such a topic. Together they have...
Posted by BHanley on Tue, Jan 24
Through the real life experiences of patients and through the eyes of Dr. Gawande, the reader is exposed to the often harrowing manner in which doctors perform surgeries and administer advice on a daily basis.  Like a Monday morning quarterback, Gawande examines the stories of patients whose sometimes quirky and puzzling ailments end up as deadly mistakes, and how even the good surgeons sometimes  make a bad call. One of the biggest takeaways of the book is how crucial it is for a patient’s...
Posted by JGranatino on Sun, Jan 22
  A Monster Calls is the story of a wallflower of a young boy, Conor, who is having difficulty coping with his mother’s terminal illness. In this young adult fantasy horror Conor is visited by a monster that shows up after midnight and helps Conor through the stages of grief. Throughout the story Conor hears the tales of the monster and then has to share his own terrifying nightmare in order to release the guilt and pain that he experiences. A Monster Calls is a hauntingly...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Jan 14
Jason Diamond is a huge fan of not only John Hughes, but ‘80s movies in general. This unconventional and hilarious memoir, Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life I Learned by Watching ‘80s Movies is filled with stories of growing up in Chicago suburbia in a broken home. It’s not all about John Hughes films but a combination of his infatuation with those nostalgic and heartfelt films, and his life in Chicago and later, New York. Diamond pursued...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jan 09
Noah and his grandfather share a love of mathematics, fishing and other adventures, but to Grandpa, the world lately is somehow getting smaller and more confusing. His son tries to calm him when he's frustrated, but their relationship is complicated. Grandmother sometimes speaks to Grandpa with a cloud of hyacinth perfume surrounding her, but this too confuses the old man who realizes she has died, but then how..? In this novella, Backman has created a beautiful story about memory, family, love...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jan 09
In this carefully crafted collection of short stories, Smith has created a tribute to the public library as an institution which must be carefully protected. Her first story, entitled Library, describes a writer and editor looking for a quiet place to talk, and come upon a quaint library which has been turned into a fancy restaurant. Book shelves have been replaced by chairs and tables, and the only volume is the level of conversation among diners. Her stories are interspersed with writers’ and...
Posted by JGranatino on Sun, Jan 08
  Hyperbole and a Half is a charming memoir filled with a collection of iconic comics drawn by Allie Brosh using Paintbrush giving them a poorly drawn look which was the idea. Brosh talks about pivotal events in her life and memories she has growing up in an honest and clever way. While a lot of the stories are hilarious and light she also tackles issues of depression and feeling social inept and does so in a very realistic way....
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Dec 30
Teddy, a rescued dog, comes upon two children, Nickel and Flora, lost in the woods during a blizzard. Their mother had gone for help after their car went off the road but when she fails to return, the children venture into the storm. Teddy brings them to a secluded cabin he had shared with the Poet, Sylvan, who taught him about words. This knowledge enabled Teddy to speak, with the understanding that only poets and children would hear him. Over the next several days Teddy, Nickel and Flora...
Posted by DBarchi on Wed, Dec 28
A New Chapter Upstairs: 2nd Floor Renovation Blog December 28, 2016 A new year is fast approaching!  We are making great progress on the library construction project.  We still seem to be on target for the project to be completed in May, 2017. I am very impressed with the construction company and crew.  Where most construction sites tend to have loud radios blaring and workers often shouting back and forth to each other, the workers on our library project seem...

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