Stuff in the ‘Our Books’ Category

20 July, 2013

Read of the Week: SUMMER SHIFT, Lynn Bonasia

Beach read pick for Woman’s Day and the New York Post

Forty-four-year-old Cape Cod clam bar owner Mary Hopkins is stuck in the cycle of her seasonal business; overwhelmed by the relentless influx of new names and fresh young faces, she feels as if life is passing her by.

In the first da21h7+g-uMwL._AA160_ys of the summer season, a young waitress’s tragic accident stirs up unresolved pain from Mary’s past, leaving her longing for connection. At the same time, Mary’s life is further upended as she begins to suspect her beloved great-aunt, the one person in the world who loves her unconditionally, is descending into Alzheimer’s disease. Then, in walks Dan, a lost love—perhaps the greatest of her life— returning to the Cape after disappearing years before without an explanation. As Mary faces these challenges and losses, it’s her rekindled romance with Dan and her burgeoning unlikely friendships with a warm, eccentric collection of local characters that keep her afloat.

Set against the backdrop of Cape Cod sand, sun, and seafood, Summer Shift is the story of a woman’s struggle to find the peace, love, and human connection that have eluded her for decades.

“After her debut, Some Assembly Required, Bonasia once again mines her Cape Cod upbringing with a cast of coastal small town characters.  Bonasia delivers a delightful… story of redemption and love. ” (Publishers Weekly)

Lynn Bonasia has been a freelance advertising copywriter for more than twenty years. She has published short fiction in The Seattle Review and The Miami Herald, among others. She and her family spend summers on Cape Cod and live outside Boston during the winter. Please visit her website at

14 November, 2012


They’re in their prime–just in time for the sexual revolution.  And they’ll make you glad that virgins do grow up…

Ambitions unfurled and libidos flying, Peg and Con are taking Washington D.C. by storm, along with their new friend, Kitty Cohen, the capital’s canniest power hostess in this hilarious sequel to Caryl Rivers’ VIRGINS.  Politics is the name of the game, and these women are out to make their own rules–until Peg’s old heartthrob, Father Sean McCaffrey appears. When teenage lust turns into grown-up desire, Washington hasn’t got a prayer!

“What a pleasure…” raved The New York Times.  “Brassy, wise-cracking, sentimental popular fiction…politics, sex, Vietnam, feminism, the Church, the working press…authentic and well observed.” (Kirkus Reviews)

5 November, 2012

DEAD SPOTS, Melissa F. Olson

This striking debut novel introduces a most unusual detective.  Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.

22 October, 2012

WITH AND WITHOUT HER: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin, Dorothy Foltz-Gray

In 1949, author Dorothy Foltz-Gray and her identical twin sister, Deane, were born. In 1981, Deane, then a psychologist, was fatally shot by one of her patients. In the years between, the pair formed an almost supernaturally close bond, one so intimate that at times, their memories fused and their individual identities dimmed.  Here, Foltz-Gray, an award-winning poet and journalist, recounts not only the extraordinary phenomenon of growing up in a world that could not distinguish her from another human being, but also the struggle to survive the loss of her twin.
With and Without Her is the story of what happens when a life divides into before and after. It is a story of identity and individuation, confusion and competition, intimacy and separation, violence and murder. Most of all, it is the story we all face, of loss and survival.

14 August, 2012

IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE…And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids, Heather Shumaker

Parenting can be such an overwhelming job that it’s easy to lose track of where you stand on some of the more controversial subjects at the playground (What if my kid likes to rough house—isn’t this ok as long as no one gets hurt? And what if my kid just doesn’t feel like sharing?). In this provocative and enlightening guide, Heather Shumaker describes her quest to nail down “the rules” to raising smart, sensitive, and self-sufficient kids. Drawing on her own experiences as the mother of two small children, as well as on the work of child psychologists, pediatricians, educators and so on, in this book Shumaker gets to the heart of the matter on a host of important questions. Hint: many of the rules aren’t what you think they are!
The “rules” in this book focus on the toddler and preschool years—an important time for laying the foundation for competent and compassionate older kids and then adults. Here are a few of the rules:
  • It’s OK if it’s not hurting people or property
  • Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed.
  • Boys can wear tutus.
  • Pictures don’t have to be pretty.
  • Paint off the paper!
  • Sex ed starts in preschool
  • Kids don’t have to say “Sorry.”
  • Love your kid’s lies.

20 July, 2012

Prize Fight: The Race and the Rivalry to be First in Science, Morton A. Meyers, M.D.

We often think of scientists as dispassionate and detached, nobly laboring without any expectation of reward. But scientific research is much more complicated and messy than this ideal, and scientists can be torn by jealousy, impelled by a need for recognition, and subject to human vulnerability and fallibility. In Prize Fight , Emeritus Chair at SUNY School of Medicine Morton Meyers pulls back the curtain to reveal the dark side of scientific discovery. From allegations of stolen authorship to fabricated results and elaborate hoaxes, he shows us how too often brilliant minds are reduced to petty jealousies and promising careers cut short by disputes over authorship or fudged data. Prize Fight is a dramatic look at some of the most notable discoveries in science in recent years, from the discovery of insulin, which led to decades of infighting and even violence, to why the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine exposed how often scientific objectivity is imperiled.

20 July, 2012

Virgins, Caryl Rivers

The hilarious international bestseller, back in digital form.

To read VIRGINS is to remember the days when a kiss was two tightly closed mouths colliding and there were definite rules as to where a roving hand could rove… and no, if you are too young to remember those days, Caryl Rivers is not making it all up. Rivers has written a very funny book.
—The Washington PostMiss Rivers demonstrates her sharp comic form right from the start.
—The New York Times Book ReviewRivers doesn’t give one time to pause for breath between the bawdy laugh-out-loud and wrenchingly moving moments in her new book. … This glimpse of the chasm separating youthful hopes and realities will affect readers strongly.
—Publishers’ WeeklyRivers is in her element. Her descriptions, from the blue serge uniforms and scuffed oxfords to the continuing battle of wits with the nuns, are right on target. VIRGINS is quick and bright.
—The Los Angeles Times

For the seniors at Immaculate Heart High, hormones triumphed over the State of Grace – and everyone’s vocation was to DO IT. The Map of Forbidden Sexual Delights extended its boundaries nightly in the back seats of tail-finned cars. And nothing – not even the Anti-Smut League – could keep the boys and the girls from a rowdy, raunchy romp through those heart-stopping, heart-wrenching days of growing up!

12 June, 2012

LIES BENEATH, Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the rail and wondering, with a lake that big, that ancient, what amazing thing might flash by. What happens when a family of murderous mermaids seeks revenge?  Now she knows.

Lies Beneath is her first novel.

8 June, 2012

Ellen E. Schultz’s RETIREMENT HEIST Wins Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism

We were thrilled when we heard that Ellen E. Schultz’s brilliant expose, RETIREMENT HEIST: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers, was nominated for the prestigious Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.   But when the New York Public Library head, Anthony Marx, announced that Ms. Schultz’ book had been selected as the winner, I let out a very undistinguished yelp.  Ms. Schultz, a 3-time winner of the Polk Award for her investigative journalism at The Wall Street Journal, has spent over a decade reporting on the abuse of retirement funds.  In painstaking detail, but enlivened by riveting examples, she reveals how companies have brainwashed their employees, the media and the public, into believing that we can no longer afford to fund retirement benefits, while at the same time they have been using these funds to enrich top executive pay and shareholder earnings.  These practices are in many cases legal, based on arcane loopholes in the tax code. Schultz’ reporting enlightens and infuriates.

Kudos to Ellen Schultz for her contribution of this important book!

For more about the awards:

–Joelle Delbourgo


8 June, 2012


A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life is so good I wish I had written it myself! You should try to overcome your fear of bliss and start living the way Lama Marut suggests. I recommend this delightful book that should accompany your day to day from now on.”

—Robert A. F. “Tenzin” Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, cofounder of Tibet House US, and author of Why The Dalai Lama Matters

“Lama Marut skillfully and eloquently describes how happiness naturally emerges as a reward of authentic spiritual practice. A marvelous guide for those choosing to walk on joy’s path.”

                                             —Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation

“It’s brilliant.”

Mary McDonnell, Academy Award nominated actress, Dances With Wolves