Blog Category: Book Sketches

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...
Posted by BHanley on Mon, Oct 16
Rizzoli & Iles are back in I Know a Secret, the next chapter of Tess Gerritsen’s long-running thriller series. Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Iles are called to a disturbing crime scene: a woman in calm repose on her bed, with her eyeballs gouged out and placed in her hands, which is an apparent nod to the horror films she created. However, her cause of death is unknown, since the eyes were removed postmortem. Soon after, Iles and Rizzoli come...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
If you are thinking of giving your current kitchen or bath a facelift or perhaps you are building a new home, this beautifully photographed book will tease you with gorgeous designs that showcase the layout, purposeful lighting, a variety of countertop choices and stunning cabinetry with interesting hardware. This book also shows current trends as well as the classic approaches and touches upon price ranges you can anticipate for many areas of the kitchen and bath. The only issue with this...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
Every day Arthur visits his wife Nola’s grave, bringing his sandwich as if they’re just out having lunch together. On the way he stops at different headstones, reading the epitaphs and imagining the lives of the people buried there. One day he notices a teenage girl with a nose ring hanging around the cemetery during school hours. He calls to her but she leaves quickly. Days later she is back, this time coming over to share Arthur’s lunch. Thus the beginning of an unlikely friendship. The...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
In a dystopian future set in 2074, global warming has caused seas to rise, obliterating Florida and most of what we know as the American continental shoreline. Omar El Akkad has imagined a second Civil War, fought over fossil fuel and told through the eyes of Benjamin Chestnut. His aunt Sara T, known as Sarat, is only 6 years old when her father was killed by a suicide bomber, her family escaping to a refugee camp in the South (the Red zone) known as “Patience”. A few years later, the camp is...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
Life in Mitford, North Carolina, ebbs and flows with the seasons. In Jan Karon’s new installment of The Mitford Series titled To Be Where You Are, Father Tim’s adopted son, Dooley, is married to the love of his life, Lace, and the newlywed couple are busily setting up a veterinary practice and in the process of adopting a young boy, Jack Tyler. A plumbing disaster sets the couple back financially but Lace is offered a commission for a mural that will cover the cost. Trying to balance...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Oct 04
Claire Messud has given us a beautifully drawn coming-of-age story in her new novel, The Burning Girl. Julia (Juju) and Cassie met in nursery school, instantly becoming best friends. They had great adventures together, even finding an abandoned asylum in the woods in which they acted out stories in the ruins. Cassie's mother had claimed she was a young widow but Cassie often fantasized her father was still alive and missing her. As often happens, the two grew apart in their teens but...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Oct 03
This memoir – a collection of letters written over a period of thirty years - vividly chronicles the life of Colombian artist Emma Reyes (1919-2003). Growing up in abject poverty and illiteracy in Bogotá, abandoned by her mother, and brought to live in a convent orphanage, she improbably rose from life of cruel deprivation to become a visual artist, mingling with distinguished artists and intellectuals from South America and the Continent. Emma’s dogged will to survive and her incredible...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Oct 03
In this book, author Mary Otto reveals what could be described as an “oral health crisis” in our county, a crisis with far-reaching and often surprising health ramifications and serious social consequences. Millions of Americans lack dental care, resulting in chronic pain, periodontal disease, infection, and possible tooth loss. Increasingly, the mouth is viewed as an ecosystem; links are suspected between poor dental hygiene/periodontal disease and diabetes, inflammatory diseases such as...

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