Book Sketches

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:40pm -- BHanley

Don’t let the unusual title fool you. This is the warm, humorous, and transformational story of Mr. Fikry, an island bookstore owner who has lost his reason for being. You’ll initially get to know him as a middle-aged curmudgeon. His wife died, his store is not doing well, and he rages against people and any books that he dislikes.

Golden Legacy: how Golden Books won children's hearts, changed publishing forever, and became an American icon along the way by Leonard S. Marcus

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 4:30pm -- JGranatino

Mention the name of a familiar Golden Book – The Pokey Little PuppyScuffy the Tugboat or Five Little Firemen – to a Baby Boomer and it may evoke surprisingly misty-eyed and sentimental reminiscences of a particular favorite. Author Marcus notes that these inexpensive books, which were often sold in supermarkets for as little as twenty-five cents, brought children’s literature to the masses.

Then Come Back: the lost Neruda poems translated by Forrest Gander

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:03pm -- JGranatino

There was a flurry of excitement in the literary world when a handful of unpublished poems by the Chilean Nobel Laureate, Pablo Neruda, were unexpectedly discovered in 2014 at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Chile. Often described as “Whitmanesque,” Neruda is one of the greatest poets of the 20thcentury.

The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:55pm -- JGranatino

Insurance investigator, Ryan Monahan is on the job again. This time he is looking for a reason not to pay on the 5 million dollar double indemnity life insurance policy Ana Bacon took out on herself. Ana was married to Tom Bacon, who was working as a stock trader when he made a horrible mistake that cost him his job. Her administrative assistant position was not pulling in enough money for them to maintain their lifestyle.

In Search of Buddha's Daughters: a modern journey down Ancient Roads by Christine Toomey

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:48pm -- JGranatino

Globetrotting author Christine Toomey traveled 60,000 miles in the course of two years, from San Francisco to Kathmandu, in order to interview women who have chosen to be Buddhist nuns. Though they have adopted different forms of Buddhist practice and may live either in monastic settings or in the wider community, they are united in their dedication to pursuing enlightenment for themselves and all beings.

Threading My Prayer Rug: one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim by Sabeeha Rehman

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:46pm -- JGranatino

In 1971, an arranged marriage brought Sabeeha Rehman from Pakistan to New York City.  From her charming descriptions of Pakistani marriage customs and traditional family life to her lively -- and often funny -- tales of her adjustment to American life, her memoir is a page turner.

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:26pm -- JGranatino

Zeba lived the ordinary life of a housewife in Afghanistan, cooking and caring for her four surviving children and husband. One day everything changed. Her children came home from school to the smell of dinner burning on an untended stove, and her son ran out to the backyard to find his mother nearly catatonic and his father dead with a bloody axe nearby.

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 2:42pm -- JGranatino

Four women on a girls’ trip fend for their lives after a white water rafting adventure goes awry. Suddenly they are without their raft, supplies and their guide. To make matters worse, they now find themselves alone in the Maine wilderness at least 25 miles from civilization.  Left to struggle with the elements and a menacing presence  that is threatening their lives.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:47am -- JGranatino

Jenny Offill has created a unique story of a marriage through brief anecdotes over several years. Starting off with a young woman beginning a career, boyfriends, marriage, the birth of a daughter and a betrayal, Offill allows the reader to feel the character's emotions as her thought processes from colicky babies>sleep deprivation>studies on cats with sleep deprivation who went crazy.

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:44pm -- JGranatino

Annalee, devoted wife and mother of two, is missing. When a swatch of fabric from her nightgown is found snagged on a branch overhanging the river, her family fears the worst. Lianna, taking leave from college, blames herself - after all, her mother was a known sleepwalker and Lianna was supposed to monitor her mother while her father was away at a conference.

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