BPL Blog

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...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On June 20, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Ina Garten's The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook published in 1999 by Clarkson Potter. Ina Garten is most well-known as a cookbook author and for her shows on the Food Network. She started off working in the White House Office of Budget and Management and decided her life could be a bit more interesting and fun, which came about in her purchase of a specialty food store in the Hamptons. That store was Barefoot Contessa, "a 3,...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On May 16, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Deb Perelman's The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom From an Obsessive Home Cook published in 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf. Deb Perelman is food blogger who never planned to write a cookbook, until she became a mother. "I needed to have a record of what I do that I could pass down to him," she is quoted as saying in The New York Times (Dec. 12, 2012). She goes on to say that the ephemera of the digital...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On April 18, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi and Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi. Plenty was published in 2010 by Chronicle Books and Plenty More was published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press. Yotam Ottolenghi is British but was born in Jerusalem with a German mother and an Italian father. This upbringing most likely set the stage...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
 On March 21, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's cookbook, Lidia's Italy in America. The book was published in 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf and co-authored by Lidia's daughter Tanya. Lidia was born in Pula, Istria, a peninsula that in 1947 when she was born belonged to Italy, and then became part of Yugoslavia in a communist takeover, and is now a part of Croatia. Her family arrived in the United States in 1958 leaving behind their refugee...

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