Blog Category: Book Sketches

Posted by JGranatino on Fri, May 22
Emira Tucker is 25 and juggling two jobs as she struggles to pay rent, keep her healthcare, and figure out what she wants to do with her life. Alix Chamberlain is a wealthy white blogger and minor social media celebrity who battles doubts and insecurities, all while on the surface maintaining a facade that she has everything she ever wanted. When Alix hires Emira to babysit her eldest daughter, Briar, neither woman thought anything about their employer-employee relationship.  But when Emira is...
Posted by BHanley on Mon, May 18
Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Monday, May 18. There were 10 titles recommended by readers. Visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank The Dutch House by Ann Patchett The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book’s Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey by Margaret Leslie Davis Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam...
Posted by JGranatino on Thu, May 14
Set in the 1970s in Odessa, Texas, a small town on the cusp of the next big oil boom, Valentine explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime perpetrated against a young girl.   On the morning of February 15, 1976, Mary Rose Whitehead hears a knock on her front door. She opens it to discover a badly beaten young girl named Gloria "Glory" Ramírez. Before Mary Rose can figure out what to do, the man who attacked Glory comes driving down the road to her house. What follows is a tension...
Posted by BHanley on Wed, May 06
Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Monday, May 4. There were 13 titles recommended by readers. Visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  Bloom by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson* Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Last Seen by J. L. Doucette Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell Miss...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, May 05
On a day too much like all the other days, Margery Benson snapped when a cartoon depicting her as a frumpy matron hit too close to home. Unable to get any support from her fellow teachers, she quit and stormed out, taking the PE teacher’s boots on the way. Facing humiliation and possible legal action for her petty theft, she decided the time was right to pursue her dream – discovering the elusive gold beetle of New Caledonia, a legend her father told her about when she was a little girl. She...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Apr 28
Ten years ago, Maya Seale found herself in the middle of the controversial trial of Bobby Nock, an African American high school teacher accused of killing one of his students, fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune. Maya believed he was innocent and, one by one, persuades the rest of the jurors to return the verdict of not guilty, a decision that will change all their lives forever. Now, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors with particular...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Apr 23
Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Monday, April 20. There were 12 titles recommended by readers. Visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  The Absolutist by John Boyne* The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers Mrs. by Caitlin Macy Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian Thirteen by Steve...
Posted by JGranatino on Wed, Apr 22
Alexis, an ER doctor, is on a vacation trip with her cycling enthusiast boyfriend Austin in Vietnam. While she lounges beside the pool, he sets off on an extended solo ride, presumably to pay homage to his uncle, killed in the Vietnam War, and his father, who was seriously wounded during the conflict. Hours pass, and Alexis has had no word from Austin although she has texted him several times. Soon the Vietnamese police, the FBI and the State Department are combing the hills for any sign of him...
Posted by JGranatino on Tue, Apr 14
Catherine Chung’s The Tenth Muse brings readers a beautiful and sweeping tale about identity, love, and legacy. Since Katherine was a child she knew that she was different. Now a mathematician striving to make her mark in a field that is male dominated, she furthers her studies in Europe tackling the Riemann hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her lifetime. During the process she comes across a theorem that may not only solve the Riemann hypothesis, but holds the...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Apr 09
We held our first Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion on Monday, April 6. There were 14 titles recommended by readers. Visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  An American Marriage - Tayari Jones Collected Stories - Lorrie Moore Eight Perfect Murders - Peter Swanson Followers - Megan Angelo The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees - Meredith May In the Bleak Midwinter - Julia Spencer-Fleming Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem A...

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