BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Thu, Jun 01
In this novel, Lisa See explores the lives of Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha people, in a remote Yunnan village.  Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. Haley, as she is now called by her adoptive parents in America, grows...
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, May 26
Beckford is a typical sleepy town in England, surrounded by a river whose peaceful pools hide treacherous weeds and rocks beneath the surface. The town has a history dating back to the days of witches who were drowned in the river’s black waters. A local woman writing a book on the river's history is found floating in the “Drowning Pool” but was it suicide or a murder meant to keep secrets hidden? Hawkins uses different character voices to tell the story where even the upstanding citizens have...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, May 24
Lisa Scottline is well-known for her mysteries, but she and daughter Francesca have also written several humorous essay/memoirs as a mother-daughter team, comparable to Erma Bombeck or Nora Ephron. While looking for a light audiobook to offset commuter gridlock, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? True Stories and Confessions helped lighten the mood with their characteristic self-deprecating take on everything from dealing with rodent control, diets, relationships/dating and family. It’s hard not...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, May 22
A terrible virus has transformed most of humankind into “hungries”, a zombie-like state. A group of scientists and military personnel has been ordered to northern Scotland where the last transport disappeared, ostensibly to gather samples for study as they desperately seek to find a cure. Dr. Samrina Khan has taken charge of one of their researchers, a young but brilliant savant named Stephen Greaves whose secret nighttime forays has led him to investigate a nest of child “hungries” exhibiting...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, May 22
Traveling though Andalusia with his wife and three year old daughter, Steven Nightingale becomes captivated by Granada. Originally intending to rent a house, he and his wife ultimately decide to purchase and renovate a house in the historic Albayzin neighborhood, which, along with the palace-fortress known as the Alhambra, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. As he explores the charming carmens and winding streets of his new neighborhood, he studies the period of the ...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, May 17
Amy York is leaving her Connecticut home soon for her freshman year of college. Before she goes, her father imparts some wisdom on selecting the perfect man as he doesn’t want anything to stand in the way of her pursuing her dream as a journalist. He explains a whimsical sorting of utensils to guide her to choose the right partner - the steak knife.  Amy and her college friendshave fun navigating their way through their dating experience of spoons, forks and the ever so desirable, knife. It...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, May 17
More than 35 million people currently have Hashimoto’s Disease, the fastest growing autoimmune disease. With Hashimoto’s, the body is attacking the thyroid leaving the patient with often debilitating symptoms. Brain fog, memory issues, weight gain, extreme tiredness, adrenal fatigue and poor gut health are just some of the symptoms that some patients may experience. Sadly, most physicians treat this condition with a synthetic medicine and don’t concern themselves with addressing the symptoms....
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, May 17
Life for 25 year old twin sisters, Ava and Zelda Antipova, was never easy. They came into the world receiving the other’s name and that set the stage for their dysfunctional life with an alcoholic mother and a father with a second family.  An act of betrayal by the two people closest to Ava sends her fleeing to Paris abandoning her twin who is stuck alone to take care of their mother who has dementia. To make matters worse, the family vineyard is flailing. But now Zelda is dead so her mother...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, May 17
A sweet story that you might expect to see on the Lifetime Channel, The Ladies’ Room features our heroine, Trudy who learns of her husband’s infidelity in the bathroom of a funeral parlor. Married for 20 years, Trudy finally musters her self-respect and courage and gets a divorce. Now she is determined to change her life and starts with renovating a home left to her by her newly deceased aunt.  It is there that she finds a new love, Billy Lee. Of course, nothing is as simple as that, and she...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, May 16
You know you’re in for something remarkable when a patron asks you if you have read The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom and exclaims, horrified, when you have not. This is one of those titles best listened to, as the voice of Music tells Frankie’s story intermingled with the voices of people whose lives he touched. Frankie was orphaned while still a baby, rescued by a man he always thought of as his father. Baffo Rubio took Frankie for guitar lessons as a young boy, and Music...

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