BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Apr 15
Appropriately known as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Hell House mentally and physically destroys all who enter. When offered a huge sum of money to research life after death, four people, a physicist, his wife, and two psychic mediums, agree to stay at the abandoned house for one week.  With its unique and terrifying history of sins and insanity, the Belasco house’s evil targets each of them individually. From classic poltergeist behavior to more sinister sexual attacks, this house has...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Apr 11
In 1930s Malaysia, a young houseboy named Ren has been entrusted with the task of finding his dying master’s severed finger and burying it with his body, enabling the soul to leave the earth. Jin Li, who works for a dressmaker who hides her job as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s mahjong debts, comes upon the mummified finger, and worrying this is a sign of bad luck, she asks her stepfather’s son to help her find the owner of this gruesome souvenir. Meanwhile, a man-eating tiger...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Mar 18
Famed artist Alicia Berenson has been convicted of her wealthy husband’s murder and sent to an institution for the criminally insane, remaining silent throughout her arrest, trial and incarceration. Psychotherapist Theo Faber is keenly interested in her case, especially when he sees her last painting entitled “Alcestis”, which he believes to be a key in finding out her possible motive for the crime. He secures a position at the institution and gradually works his way to meeting with Alicia,...
Posted by BHanley on Mon, Mar 18
Bursting with raw intensity and dazzling brilliance similar to The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas delivers a surefire powerhouse follow-up in On the Come Up. Bri is a 16-year-old aspiring rapper looking to help her family out by making it big. Growing up in Garden Heights (Los Angeles) where many people struggle with bills, drugs, and gangs, Bri wants to be a beacon of hope for her community. Bri is a captivating force in all her teenage determination, complexity, and heart. You...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Feb 28
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui is a poignant story, told with careful, respectful prose. A year after the death of her husband, an Indian woman, Pival Sengupta, decides to visit her gay and estranged son in the United States. Under the guise of a country tour, Pival travels with Satya, the tour guide, and Rebecca, a hired actress to be her traveling companion. Pival’s eyes and mind are opened on this journey, as are the perspectives of her guides, as they navigate the...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Feb 14
The beloved poet, Mary Oliver, passed away on January 17, 2019. Winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and many other literary honors, Oliver was a prolific poet and essayist best known for her widely accessible, simple yet profound verses reflecting a reverence for the natural world and a deeply personal faith. Devotions is a particularly interesting volume, as it contains over 200 poems covering more than 50 years, selected by Oliver herself. In every poem, this...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Feb 14
This slender book, a compilation of addresses by a notable pupil of the late Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, skillfully explores an urgent topic: the effect our own inner condition can have on the larger environment, the “global implications” of our own self-righteousness and lack of harmony. In one talk, the author defines peace as “softening what is rigid in our hearts.” She gives practical suggestions for taking responsibility, cultivating patience, changing unproductive habits,...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Feb 11
Father, teacher, head little league coach, and so much more, Terry Maitland really is the heart of Flint City, Oklahoma. When a heinous atrocity against a young child is committed, witnesses and DNA evidence point directly at Terry. The problem is, Terry was nowhere near Flint City when the crime occurred and he has proof of this alibi. As the tension rises, evidence on both sides builds up. Is Terry really the good guy everyone thinks he is?
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Feb 07
This small but powerful manifesto is a heartfelt appeal from a respected Buddhist leader for young people “to lead humanity toward a renewed form of fraternity, justice, and solidarity.” In it, he stresses the need to practice altruism, non-violence, and peaceful dialogue, to exercise leadership in healing and protecting the ecosystem, and to bring about a “revolution of compassion.” He reminds the reader that because “every action, every word, and every thought has a global resonance,”...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Feb 07
Anyone drawn to the transcendent beauty of Rilke’s poetry and prose will appreciate this collection of newly-translated letters pondering the realities of loss and death. Rilke offers his very personal and exquisitely sensitive condolences to friends and correspondents while sharing extraordinary insights into a reality “where life and death penetrate each other and incessantly mix” and where the Angel of his affirmations “turns a radiant face toward death.”

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