Social Media & Its Influencers

The internet has changed so much of what we do and how we interact with others. It even has impacted the content of our books. Here is a selection of books that focus on social media, its influencers, and what role they play in our ever-changing society.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green
A sweeping tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity bigger than anyone could have imagined. The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work late one night, April May comes across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its size and intricate detail, April and her friend make a video and upload it to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to find the video went viral!

Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and without friends. Online, she’s known as LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular web comic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Ripper – Isabelle Allende
A brilliant teenage sleuth must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco through Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world

The Circle – Dave Eggers
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels like its the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle links users personal information resulting in an online identity and a new age of transparency. As Mae tours the office, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity, even as things begin to take a turn for the worst.

Trick Mirror – Jia Tolentino
Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the internet, the advent of scamming, and the dream of optimization, which insists that everything should become more efficient and beautiful until we die.


Dragon Books for Adults

Go ahead…admit it! Just because kids like dragons, doesn’t mean adults can’t too! Regardless of who you are, it’s easy to find novels that include dragons and dragon-like themes. Here is a selection of books you can find in our library that include dragons and everything the kids enjoy in a more adult-friendly format.

Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton
In 1876, Warring indians tribes populated the western territories as the gold rush made it’s mark on the landscape. Against the backdrop, two paleontologists search the Wild West for dinosaur fossils sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will become known as the Bone Wars.

Fool’s Quest – Robin Hobb
Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and the stability of the kingdom. But now the Fool is nearing death, maimed by mysterious figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the Fool’s powers and Fitz’s own daughter.

His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
Captain Will Laurence captures a Chinese dragon egg and bonds with the dragon after it hatches. Their relationship is like father and child and the dragon can speak and reason.

One Word Kill – Mark Lawrence
In January 1986, Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living their imaginations. But when a new girl joins the group, the fantasy world they visit in their games doesn’t prepare them for what comes next.

Talon – Julie Kagawa
Long ago, dragons were hunted by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing in secret, the dragons of Talon are positioned to take over the world.

The Dragonriders of Pern – Anne McCaffery
In a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is now under attack. Lessa is an outcast survivor, a strong young woman who never stopped seeking revenge. When an ancient threat emerges, Lessa will rise on the back of a great dragon whom she bonds with better than any human.

The Ruin of Kings – Jenn Lyons
Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, as a thief raises on tales of princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s power. Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what you read in storybooks. They have lied about everything from dragons to demons to gods and how the hero always wins.

The Sky is Yours – Chandler Klang Smith
Navigating their burned-out, futuristic city home under constant threat from a pair of dragons circling the skies, three young people are forced to flee and confront challenges ranging from fire and conspiracies to taboo drugs and dragon-worshippers.

Local Favorites: September 16th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found on the shelves of our library. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask our Circulation Desk staff and we’ll be more than happy to add your name to a hold list.

Ghosted – Rosie Walsh
When Sarah and Eddie meet, they instantly fall in love. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no reason to doubt him. But he doesn’t call…

Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson
Amy is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it. Her greatest joy is her family. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel
when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book-club night.

Talking to Strangers – Malcom Gladwell
A challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news.

Tell Me More – Kelly Corrigan
A moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

The Kennedy Debutante – Kerri Maher
London: 1938. Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy is the “It girl” of London society since her father became the ambassador. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her mother and siblings, Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire.

The Most Fun We Ever Had – Claire Lombardo
When Marilyn and David fall in love in the 1970s, they are completely ignorant of all that’s to come. By 2016, their four daughters are each in a state of unrest. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

This Tender Land – William Kent Krueger
Minnesota: 1932. The Lincoln School is a pathetic place where Native American children are separated from their families and sent to be educated. Odie O’Banion is a lively boy who is forced to flee along with his brother, their best friend, and a little girl named Emmy, towards Mississippi and seek a place of their own.

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
Eleven year old George Washington Black (or Wash) is a field slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados and terrified when he is chose to be the manservant of his master’s brother. Soon, Wash is initiated into a world where two people separated by an impossible divide, can see each other as human.

Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook – Kristine Hansen
Wisconsin’s artisan cheese scene is steeped in tradition and bursting with innovations. Local cheesemakers attract visitors from all over the world. Cheese is a huge part of the state’s tourist draw and homegrown character. Everyone who calls Wisconsin home or visits for a day will love this book of the best recipes to cook with cheese.

Local Favorites: September 16th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found on our library shelves. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Our friendly and helpful desk staff will be more than happy to place your name on a hold list…and we’ll contact you as soon as your book is available!

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one night, Rill is left in charge…until strangers arrive. Wretched from everything familiar to them and left in an orphanage, the Foss children are assured they will be reunited with their parents but they quickly realize the dark truth.

Call Sign Chaos – Jim Mattis
A memoir of a life of war-fighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general.

Tell Me More – Kelly Corrigan
A funny, wise and insightful exploration of seven sentences adult life requires. Each chapter draws from Corrigan’s sometimes ridiculous, sometimes profound struggles with parenting and marriage, career and friendship, illness, aging and mortality.

The Day the World Came to Town – Jim DeFede
When 38 jetliners were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada on September 11th, the population of a small Newfoundland Island town grew from 10,300 to close to 17,000 as the citizens of Gander displayed an overwhelming amount of friendship and goodwill.

The Girl Who Lived Twice – David Lagercrantz
Lisbeth Salander has disappeared…and no one is aware that at long last she’s got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights.

The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai
In 1985, Yale Tishman is a director for a Chicago art gallery and he is about to bring in some extraordinary 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. As his career flourishes, so does the AIDS epidemic. As his friends are dying, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

The Most Fun We Ever Had – Claire Lombardo
A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built.

The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead
Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

This Tender Land – William Kent Krueger
The Lincoln School is a terrible place where hundreds of Native American children are separated from their parents to be educated. It’s also the home of an orphan boy named Odie O’Banion. Forced to flee with his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a young girl named Emmy, they head towards Mississippi for a place to call their own.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Kya Clark is known along the North Carolina coast as a born naturalist, taking life lessons from the land. Attracted to two young men, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world…until the unthinkable happens and Chase Andrews is found dead.

September 11th: 18 Years Later

On Tuesday September 11, 2001, our country experienced four terrorist attacks. Two of them were hijacked airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, while another plane crashed into the Pentagon, and one more crashed in rural Pennsylvania as passengers tried to stop their hijackers. The attacks killed 2,977 people and injured over 6,000. The September 11th attacks are considered to be most deadly terrorist attack in history.

This year, we commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Many of us remember this day, where we were, and what we were doing, while today’s teens were not born yet or were just infants. Here is a selection of books you can find in our library that will provide information about this very important day to remember.

09/11 8:48am: Documenting America’s Greatest Tragedy (New York University Department of Journalism)
An anthology of accounts of the September 11th terrorist attacks, by survivors, first-hand witnesses, and people less directly affected, as well as personal and political essays reflecting on the event.

9/11 (DVD)
When five people find themselves trapped in an elevator after a plane hits the World Trade Center, they work together to try to survive.

No Day Shall Erase You – Alice M. Greenwald
A companion guide to a visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum uses exhibits to share the events of that day and includes behind-the-scenes information on how the museum went from an idea to a reality.

The 9/11 Commission Report (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks)
The summary from the report that has dominated the news, including the major implications for our foreign and domestic policies.

The Eleventh Day – Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan
Draws on thousands of recently released official documents and new interviews to present a report on the September 11 attacks that examines why the crisis was not prevented, how the government and military responded, and who was behind it.

The Ground Truth – John Farmer
Farmer reconstructs the truth of what happened on that fateful day and the disastrous circumstance that allowed it. He builds the convincing case that the official version not only is almost entirely untrue but serves to create a false impression of order and security.

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 – Garrett Graff
Award-winning journalist and historian Graff tells the story of the day as it was lived. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, he paints the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.

The War on Freedom – Nafeez Ahmed
An exposé of the American government’s hidden agenda, before and after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Towers Falling – Jewell Parker Rhodes
While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.


What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.


09-12-1930.JPG School days are here again, and we welcome the teachers back to Lake Bluff. The library co-operates with the schools in extending what facilities we have for the students and teachers use. Both grade and high school students are urged to use the library for supplementary reading. A few new books added to our collection this week are:

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Founders of Our Country by F. E. Coe
Burton Holmes Travel Stores: Egypt by Susan Wilbur
Pioneers on Land and Sea by McMurry


For high school students:
New France and New England by John Fiske
Boswell’s Life of Johnson by Marshall


We now have Thirty Fathoms Deep by Commander Ellsberg, whose On the Bottom has been so popular. This is a story of a Spanish galleon, scuttled three hundred years ago to save her treasure from pirates, and now salvaged by modern methods.


The Tunnellers of Holzminden by H. G. Durnford is and adventure of the German prison camps, and the attempted escape of a group of English officers in 1918. The author finally made his own escape through the tunnel and reported at the war office on the day the Armistice was declared. -Flora G. Coen

Local Favorites: September 9th

The following books are current best sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and are available for checkout at our library!

A Better Man – Louise Penny
It’s Gamache’s first day back at the homicide department. Flood waters are rising and in the middle of the turmoil is a father pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamanche realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should come to an end.

Meet Me in Monaco – Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
In Cannes for the film festival, Grace Kelly wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. Struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off James Henderson, a persistent British press photographer. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, Henderson takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York.

The Gown – Jennifer Robson
Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation in spite of their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin. Together they forge an unlikely friendship when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol. Rostov has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. When their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents, but they quickly realize the dark truth.

Chances Are – Richard Russo
A gripping story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971.

Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson
Amy Whey is living an ordinary life teaching diving lessons and helping her friend with her book club. Her greatest joy is her family. Then the mysterious Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night. Roux keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets– and who seems to know the terrible truth about who Amy is and what she once did.

The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai
Yale Tishman is the director for an art gallery in Chicago during the mid-1980s and he is about to do some extraordinary by donating a collection of 1920s painting to the gallery. As his career begins to flourish, so does the AIDS epidemic. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s death, the virus comes closer to Yale himself.

The Most Fun We Ever Had – Claire Lombardo
A dazzling, multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple, still madly in love after forty years, recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built.

The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead
Abandoned by his parents, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black Southern boy in the early 1960s, one mistake could destroy his future. Elwood is sentenced to a reformatory called The Nickel Academy whose mission is to provide physical, intellectual, and moral training to turn delinquent boys into honest men. In reality, the academy staff beats and abuses the boys, officials steal food and supplies, and anyone who resists is likely to go “out back”.