BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Sep 20
Gail Caldwell's title, Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, is the story of Caldwell's friendship with writer Caroline Knapp. They initially met while walking their beloved dogs, and the friendship quickly developed into one of those rare and lasting relationships between women, sisters-in-heart. They shared a love for long hikes through the woods of New England, competitive kayaking, their struggles with alcoholism and with men, and of course their dogs, always by...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Sep 20
In Girls on Film, a flash fiction collection of short stories, Kathryn Kulpa has created memorable young women with dreams and desires both real and imaginary within the cinematic world. Each chapter is a delight, her prose precise as in the story Maybelline, an entire tableau within one sentence. Kulpa weaves her stories with skill, drawing the reader into the minds and hearts of the young women she portrays. To be savored.
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Sep 19
  Jacob, a teenager living in Florida, experiences a family tragedy and all that is left are the mysterious clues left behind by his eccentric grandfather. The first few chapters are on the slow side but they compliment the slow pace of life that Jacob is experiencing at this time. After receiving a mystifying present Jacob sets out on an adventurous journey to a remote island near Wales with his father. Readers are taken on an exploration of abandoned buildings as he tries to put the pieces of...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Sep 10
Feed is a dystopian young adult science-fiction story. Titus and his friends head to the moon for a party like every other day but a hacker causes all of their feeds to malfunction this time including an intelligent girl, Violet, who hasn’t always had the feed. It’s a smart, satirical story that explores consumerism, star-crossed teenage love, and identity crises. The audiobook for this story is highly recommended...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Sep 07
The Sleeper and the Spindle is an empowering fairy tale and that almost feels like a hybrid of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.  A princess seems as if she is bound to sleep forever, along with everyone in her castle sleeps while a queen in another kingdom is about to marry. After the queen finds out of this plague of sleep that is spreading like wildfire she sets out on a quest to stop it. It is the perfect magical story with mesmerizing illustrations for all ages. The Sleeper and...
Posted by BHanley on Tue, Aug 30
Superbly realized account of Hope Jahren's lonely upbringing to her quest to discover herself and the world of plants, from trees to flowers and seeds. The parallel stories of her life with plant life are engaging and illuminating. She explains botany and earth sciences so that non-scientific minds can grasp what she's discussing. Her personal stories are poignant, funny, and genuine. These stories are often hilarious and painfully human. Her vast knowledge and experience, especially with...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Aug 29
Ava Tucker's world has just fallen apart along with her 25-year marriage. Her two adult children are off on their own and although she loves teaching French at Brown University, she feels an emptiness that threatens to swallow her. Her best friend, Cate, is a librarian at the local Atheneum and there's an opening in her popular monthly book club. When Ava was a young girl, she spent hours at her mother's bookstore, so she jumps at the chance for not only sharing the love of reading but also for...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Aug 29
Laura, aka "Lo", Blacklock is a journalist writing for a travel magazine, who suddenly has the opportunity to spend a week on the luxury cruiser "Aurora" exploring the fjords of Norway and experiencing the northern lights. The night before departure she is traumatized by a burglar but decides to continue onto her assignment, which could be her big break. Rubbing elbows with the rich and powerful, she over-imbibes and is suddenly awakened by a noise in the cabin next door to hers, supposedly...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Aug 25
Edie had it all in high school - she was beautiful, artistic, outrageous and rebellious - and overweight, invisible Heather was dazzled when Edie befriended her. Living on the fringes of the popular kids, Heather would do anything for Edie, be the perfect friend. One terrible night everything changed and now Edie is in her thirties, alone and pregnant. And she's being watched. Heather is back, once again the perfect friend, ready to help care for baby Maya while Edie succumbs to a deep post-...
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Aug 23
On July 18, 2016 the library’s cookbook club met for dinner with The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook: Big Recipes from the Smallest State by Linda Beaulieu, first published in 2006 by Insiders’ Guide and a revised second edition in 2012. Linda was also the library’s guest of our monthly Meet the Author series in July. She shared some insight into her life and her cookbooks. Linda is a graduate of Northeastern University where she majored in journalism. She grew up in northern...

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