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Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?

Most librarians love to read and Lake Forest Library staff members are no exceptions. Fiction, nonfiction, new releases, classics, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels ... our reading interests span the collection.

Here are some of our recent favorites. Check our catalog for availability. Or place a hold through the catalog or at the reference desk.

Look for additional staff recommendations on the Library’s Blogspot.


Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini (388.542 ROU)
Succinctly describes capital development and a number of economic crisis from a historical perspective. Also available on CD.

For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose (641.3372 ROS) Through a 19th-Century Englishman’s adventures, readers learn about the origin of the tea culture in England, how tea secrets were stolen from China, the historical importance of the tea trade, and how cultivating and producing tea developed in India. Also available on CD.

Operating Room Confidential: What Really Goes On When You Go Under by Paul Whang (617 WHA) The author, an anesthetist, provides an insider's view of the fascinating and sometimes strange rituals and protocols of the operating room, as well as the people who work there.

Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother by Meg Federico (362.6 FED) A timely, funny account of a daughter's tumultuous journey caring for her aging parents.


Escape by Carolyn Jessop (BIOG JESSOP JES) A first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist religious sect, and one woman's flight to freedom with her eight children. Also available on CD.

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan (BIOG CORRIGAN COR) The author intertwines her own story with that of her larger-than-life, Irish-American father's, to illustrate both a powerful father/daughter relationship and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Riding the Bus with my Sister by Rachel Simon (BIOG SIMON SIM) The author’s sister, Beth, is a spirited, mentally handicapped woman who spends her days riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community.


As Husbands Go by Susan Isaacs (FICTION ISAACS) Depicts a woman’s hardships over her husband’s sudden death in a call girl’s apartment, and the capacities of this clever and spirited woman to stay engaged in the world while struggling with grief. Also available on CD and in Large Print.

Father of the Rain by Lily King (FICTION KING) An insightful family drama that examines the emotional complexities of one woman's loyalty to her father. Set in New England, from the 1970s to the present.

Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (FICTION GRISSOM) This debut novel offers a fresh perspective on the place of indentured servants and slaves on plantations in the American South. Also available on CD.

Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (FICTION ORRINGER) A World War II saga of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of their family’s struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

Lucy by Lawrence Gonzales (FICTION GONZALES) Although primatologist Jenny Lowe barely escapes warfare in the Congo, she manages to save Lucy, the teenage daughter of a murdered fellow researcher. The orphan is half human, half chimpanzee and soon becomes a magnet in the creationist/evolutionist controversy.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (YA FICTION COLLINS) A dystopian fantasy that was first published for teens but has been snapped up by adult readers. The concluding volume of the bestselling "Hunger Games" trilogy. Also available on CD .

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (FICTION CHEVALIER) Based on the lives of two women who hunted for fossils in early 19th century Bath, this unusual plot encompasses larger questions about religion and science, threats to one’s worldview, how discoveries are made and how knowledge progresses. Also available in Large Print and on CD.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (FICTION HOFFMAN) For years, twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille. But when Camille dies, CeeCee is left to fend for herself, until her great-aunt Tootie comes to the rescue in a vintage Packard. Also available on CD and in Large Print.

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff (FICTION WOLFF) After vintage clothing lover Phoebe opens her own resale boutique in London, a treasured-child's coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women.


At the City’s Edge by Marcus Sakey (MYSTERY SAKEY) Elena Cruz, a fearless Chicago cop, is ready for any challenge…until Jason Palmer’s brother, a prominent community activist on the South Side, is murdered in front of his son.

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (MYSTERY HARRIS) The latest Sookie Stackhouse mystery. Filled with vampires, mind-readers and of course, murder. The "True Blood" TV program is based on this series.

The Third Rail by Michael T. Harvey (MYSTERY HARVEY) A series of terrifying crimes threatens to paralyze Chicago in the author’s third novel featuring Chicago PI Michael Kelly. Also available on CD and in Large Print.