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BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Nov 14
Geometric mandala designs, microcosmic symbols representing the order of the universe, have been used as ritual and religious symbols in Hindu and Buddhist art; they can also be seen in Christian art works such as the rose window of Chartres Cathedral, and in the complex geometric motifs found in Islamic art.  Carl Jung noticed these circular designs appearing in the dream state, reflective of a particular condition of inner wholeness and re-integration.  Creating mandalas can be a way of...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 06
This little guidebook by Sakyong Mipham, son of Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, points out that although we are living in an age of technological sophistication and relentless connectivity, paradoxically, many of us seem more challenged in being able to sustain a simple conversation. He explores the art of being present and available to one another as an important “practice of nowness,” grounded in careful listening, generosity, appreciation, and graciousness. Adopting this practice...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Nov 03
Congressional intern Aviva Grossman, naïve and starry-eyed, entered into an affair with the married congressman she worked for. Publicly disgraced, pregnant and without prospects, she moves to a remote town in Maine, changes her name and reinvents herself as an event planner. Years later, she is encouraged to run for public office and inevitably, her past catches up with her. A timely novel with humor and warmth, touching on issues women may face in a gender-biased world.
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Nov 03
As most librarians know, weeding is an essential part of keeping the library collection relevant and fresh. Annie Spence, a librarian in the Midwest, has written both love letters and breakup notes to many of the titles she has come across in her career as she moved through the stacks, deciding which to spare and which to delete. Her sense of humor and love for the written word comes through on every page, and she's included suggested reading lists for further discovery. Chances are this will...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Oct 28
Unlike many studies that have focused exclusively upon witchcraft-possession cases in Salem and Essex County, MA, Gasser’s well-documented and researched book examines these occurrences as a “transatlantic” phenomenon, happening in England as well as in colonial New England. Gasser is particularly interested in “patriarchal imperatives” used to control both men and women of that time. The book is filled with interesting case studies of lesser-known witchcraft proceedings. She speaks of the...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Oct 28
This little book explores the impact of witches: in movies, television, and books, in fashion, and in popular culture. It examines the symbolic significance of objects and practices associated with witches, from riding broomsticks to reading tarot cards and tea leaves. However, moving beyond both scary and silly depictions of witches, the authors explain that their particular brand of “witchcraft” is about dismantling “the cultural conditioning that trains women to be weak and small,” and most...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Oct 28
On a lovely summer eve in Amsterdam, two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant. As the evening progresses, the reader discovers the reason why – as Serge, the older brother, says – they need to talk about their children. A horrific act, more than just a teenage prank, has been committed and both couples are at odds how to rectify the situation. Koch carefully portrays his characters through a series of flashbacks which foreshadow the conclusion of the evening’s events. A...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Oct 23
Outside of Cleveland, Ohio, the residents of Shaker Heights live in perfect harmony. A planned suburb with beautiful, well-kept houses, late model cars, schools that produce high achievers and plenty of community spirit. Elena Richardson, a journalist, has lived in Shaker Heights her whole life with her successful husband and four children. When freelance photographer Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl move to town, Elena decides to allow them to rent the family’s duplex (an investment property...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 18
Almost everyone remembers Valerie Bertinelli from the television show," One Day at a Time" or more recently, "Hot in Cleveland". But she now has a new cooking show, "Valerie's Home Cooking" on the Food Network, and if you watched her cooking show, you will want to check out her book, Valerie's Home Cooking. This is a beautifully photographed cookbook with bits of Valerie's bubbly personality poking through as she shares many dishes and personalizes them with tidbits from her family...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 18
A Stranger in the House opens with Tom Krupp coming home from work to find his wife, Karen, missing despite seeing dinner already in progress. Realizing that she left her purse and cell phone behind, he becomes concerned and calls 911. Before he knows it, the police are at his door to notify him that Karen has been in a serious car accident where she was driving recklessly and crashed into a pole. Tom is puzzled as to why his wife would have left the house so abruptly, and how did she...

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