Book Sketches

The Outsider by Stephen King

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 1:46pm -- JGranatino

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?

A Call For Revolution: a vision for the future by Dalai Lama XIV

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 9:57am -- JGranatino

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, a

Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:40pm -- JGranatino

Life inside the Morrow family’s farmhouse is far from normal. Having grown up in an abusive home, Momma uses plenty of physical means to keep her children in line. Momma and Wade have three children, up until their son Rebel abducts 4 year old Michael from a neighboring town. The Morrow’s live in a secluded area where no one can hear you scream.

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:38pm -- JGranatino

During the initial outbreak of “Herod's Syndrome,” all prepubescent children suddenly drop dead at about the same time. Grief, despair, and unreality encompass parents while funeral homes  struggle to keep up with so many dead all at once. Three days later, after many are buried and rotting, all the children suddenly wake up with no memory of what has happened. All seems oddly normal, until they start to die again.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 1:32pm -- JGranatino

College student, Darby Thorne is en route to see her dying mother when a blizzard in the Colorado Rockies forces her to wait out the storm at a rest stop with just a coffee maker and a few vending machines. As luck will have it, she finds herself with no cell phone reception in the company of four strangers. While searching for cell reception outside, she spies a young girl in a cage hidden in the back of one of the other stranded vehicles.

The Year of Less: how I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store by Cait Flanders

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:38am -- JGranatino

After amassing $30,000 of credit card debt and developing compulsive eating, drinking, and shopping habits, author Flanders found herself moving back to her parents’ home. Deciding that the time had come for some radical changes, she adopted a shopping moratorium for one year. She only purchased necessary supplies or items that had to be replaced.

The Enchanted Hour: the miraculous power of reading aloud in the age of distraction

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:35am -- JGranatino

Clinical studies demonstrate that reading aloud to children stimulates brain development, literacy, vocabulary, and social-emotional skills; however, research also indicates that too much passive “screen time” leads to underdevelopment of higher-order brain networks. Reading together offers an opportunity for strengthening parent/child bonds, for discussion, and for transmission of values.


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