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Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
Reading in the Kitchen: a cookbook club held it's inaugural meeting on Monday, August 17, 2015. I chose Local Flavors: Cooking & Eating From America's Farmers' Markets by Deborah Madison because the timing seemed just right for the end of summer. Cookbook club members selected recipes from the book and brought in the prepared dish which we served buffet style in two courses. Followed by comments from each member, and of course, lots of delicious food and conversation. My plate was...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Jul 06
Check the catalog Join Gretchen Rubin in her year long journey to happiness in The Happiness Project.  This book should not be labeled as a self-help book but rather a self-improvement book with its enriching tips and tricks to be more productive, loving, and lively. The book is broken up into chapters based on the month.  From boosting energy and making time for friends, to remembering to love and exploring mindfulness, there’s at least one chapter in...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Jul 05
Jean was the perfect wife - even when her husband Glen is accused in the disappearance of a little girl, Bella, she stands by him disbelieving any circumstantial evidence of his interest in porn sites, especially those with children. Not finding a body, the case remains unresolved although D.I. Bob Sparkes thinks the widow knows more than she claims. When Glen falls into the path of a bus and is instantly killed, Sparkes sees the thin veneer begin to crack as Jean struggles to maintain her...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Jun 30
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jun 27
Lily has been the love of Ted’s life for over 12 years, claiming him as her own as he picked over a litter of dachshund puppies. They have been inseparable, discussing movie stars and playing monopoly on weekends with Lily’s dialogue punctuated with exclamations after every word and ALL! CAPS! as dogs will do. Everything changes when Ted suddenly realizes Lily has an octopus on her head and ‘it’s hungry. And it is going to have her". Obviously, the octopus is a metaphor for cancer which is...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jun 13
In this innovative thriller Dark Matter, Crouch blends mystery with the subjects of quantum paradoxes, pharmacological agents, and multiverses. The scientific elements are cutting edge and dazzling, but they won’t require background research. That being said, there is more to garner from this novel if you have some background in the hard sciences, or if you frequently read sci-fi novels. Our protagonist Jason is a family man and casual...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Jun 13
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Jun 07
Joe Talbert is trying to escape his past and make a new life for himself, away from his abusive, alcoholic mother who constantly pulls him back to care for his autistic younger brother when she goes on a bender. A college assignment has Joe writing a biography of a stranger, but a visit to a local nursing home pairs him with Carl Iverson, a former Vietnam vet who is dying of cancer and a convicted murderer. Through their conversations, Joe learns Carl may be innocent of this crime and sets out...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Jun 07
Kathleen Grissom is the author of The Kitchen House, set in the late 1700s-early 1800s on a tobacco plantation in Virginia. A child, Lavinia, has arrived in America from Ireland, orphaned on the ocean journey and separated from her older brother, Cardigan. Captain Pyke brings her to his household at Tall Oaks as an indentured servant and she quickly bonds with the black slaves, considering them her “adopted” family. Later she is brought to “The Big House” and struggles with how she is...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, May 28
An exceptional debut from a promising author, The Rope Swing was a beautiful collection of stories focused on both gay and straight characters and situated primarily in an unnamed community of West Virginia, with a few set outside, but with apparent connections to said community. Corcoran’s prose was lustrous and powerful and melancholy. You jumped in and felt the characters’ yearning, heartaches, and dreams. Each story ended at the right moment; the perfect capsule of time captured....

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