Reviews by Caroline Mandler Lopez
Book on fire!
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This true story takes you on a page-turning ride through Susannah Cahalan's "month of madness." A normal, working 24-year-old, she suddenly wakes up strapped to a hospital bed in a psychiatric ward. Throughout the book, she pieces together what happened to her by watching videos of herself in the hospital, talking to family members, doctors and reading her medical records. If you enjoy the TV show "House" you will love this.
Anyone who watches any of the Bravo shows will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of their success. Starting with Andy Cohen, who has rapidly become the face of Bravo, Housewives, Top Chef, and of course Watch What Happens Live.
Take a look at this one. Stanley Kunitz was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2000, and continued writing and promoting poetry until he passed away at the age of 100. His unique and meaningful poems center largely on the themes of life and death, and he was once quoted as saying, "The deepest thing I know is that I am living and dying at once, and my conviction is to report that dialogue." My favorite in this collection is "The Layers."
Not your typical "beach read"
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This is an unusual story about a small town in Cape Cod. The story centers around two estranged sisters, Claire and Jo. Their family farm, Salt Creek Farm, produces all of the salt for the town and the surrounding areas, and the salt believed to have unexplained powers. Every restaurant must have bowls of salt on all of the tables, and every grocery store must stock it or else they are doomed to fail. Every year, the town gathers for a bonfire and one of the sisters throws salt on the flame - if the flame turns blue there is a good year to come, red means love, and black is bad news for the town. Secrets, scandals and a beautiful setting keep the story moving and engaging.