BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Feb 01
Shari Lapena’s debut suspense novel, The Couple Next Door, pulls you in from the first page and takes you on a fast paced ride through so many plot twists and turns it is difficult to put the book down.  Anne and Marco Conti are going through a parent’s worst nightmare. Their six month old daughter, Cora has been kidnapped while they were at a dinner hosted by the couple next door.  And to make matters worse, Anne and Marco have done the unforgiven; they left their baby home alone while dining...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Feb 01
Bill Hodges, a hardened "Det Ret" or retired detective, has too much time on his hands. Time to think about the sacrifices made because of his job, time to think about the hours of nothing to do stretching ahead of him, time to think about unsolved cases such as the Mercedes Killer. But Brady Hartsfeld, who orchestrated the massacre, is ready to strike again and this time, he wants Bill. King has created a memorable cast of characters and twisted plots as Hodges is pulled back into solving the...
Posted by BHanley on Tue, Jan 31
Arguably, Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th century Sufi mystic, is one of our most popular and frequently quoted poets today, whose universal message has resonated deeply with people from many faiths and cultures. Author Brad Gooch has found Rumi’s writings a “steady pleasure” for over a decade, learning Persian to better appreciate his verses and traveling from Aleppo to Konya to visit sites associated with this medieval poet.  As the author acknowledges, no single biography could possibly capture the...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Jan 31
J.D. Vance grew up in what is known as the "Rust Belt", ranging from Kentucky's Appalachian Mountain range to southern Ohio. Poverty and unemployment is ubiquitous with many residents depending on public assistance. They are known as "hillbillies" and many are proud of that moniker, especially J.D.'s grandmother, the gun-toting, swearing matriarch who raised him. Vance explains this microcosm from an insider's viewpoint, and how he, unlike many of his peers, was able to successfully graduate...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jan 30
My seasonal pick is Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. Meredith and her sister Nina have been regaled by their Russian mother's fairy tales for years, but after trying to reenact one of their favorites for a holiday party, Anya inexplicably flies into a rage. Years pass, and the two sisters couldn't be more different in how they live their lives. A family emergency brings them together and on his deathbed, their father makes Anya tell the story again to the girls - but this time she must...
Posted by DBarchi on Fri, Jan 27
A New Chapter Upstairs: 2nd Floor Renovation Blog January 26, 2017 Some exciting progress has been made over the past two weeks.  We can now see many of the rooms and offices because they have been framed, and in some cases the dry wall is up.  We have paint samples on the walls so we can see how the various colors will coordinate.  The colors are truly lovely! The color palette is both sophisticated and charming! The wonderful entrance to the new children’s...
Posted by BHanley on Fri, Jan 27
Do you ever feel compelled to read all the books that a particular author has written? Mary Higgins Clark is that author for me. Having grown up reading Mary Higgins Clark all my life, whether or not I enjoy her books, I read.  Her newest series Under Suspicion centers around a television show that recreates cold murder case stories in the hopes of revealing the real killer. Laurie Moran, the show’s producer, has taken on the wealthy philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III murder story. His fiancé...
Posted by BHanley on Fri, Jan 27
Get informed about living gluten-free whether you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. Peter H.R. Green is a renowned expert on celiac disease and the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and Rory Jones, diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, is an adjunct professor of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Rory Jones specializes in writing about medical topics for the average consumer which makes this an easier read on such a topic. Together they have...
Posted by BHanley on Tue, Jan 24
Through the real life experiences of patients and through the eyes of Dr. Gawande, the reader is exposed to the often harrowing manner in which doctors perform surgeries and administer advice on a daily basis.  Like a Monday morning quarterback, Gawande examines the stories of patients whose sometimes quirky and puzzling ailments end up as deadly mistakes, and how even the good surgeons sometimes  make a bad call. One of the biggest takeaways of the book is how crucial it is for a patient’s...
Posted by JGranatino on Sun, Jan 22
  A Monster Calls is the story of a wallflower of a young boy, Conor, who is having difficulty coping with his mother’s terminal illness. In this young adult fantasy horror Conor is visited by a monster that shows up after midnight and helps Conor through the stages of grief. Throughout the story Conor hears the tales of the monster and then has to share his own terrifying nightmare in order to release the guilt and pain that he experiences. A Monster Calls is a hauntingly...

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