November Book Club

House at the End of Hope Street (Nov)
Summary: When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay on the house’s unusual conditions: she’ll have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. Once inside, Alba discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and who still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls.

Read-Alikes: If you’re looking for more books like this one, here are some to consider: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Pepper, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Trespasser by Tana French, The Coincident of the Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert, First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen, and The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

Book Club: The House at the End of Hope Street will be our November selection for book club. Carol’s book discussion will be on Tuesday November 21st at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk and downloadable versions can be found through MyMediaMall and Hoopla.


October Book Club

My Life on the Road (Oct)
Summary: When Gloria Steinem was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.

Read-Alikes: If you’re seeking more books by women authors or women’s interest topics, here are a few more you might like too. Notorious RBG by Irin Carman, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood, Just Kids by Patti Smith, and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

Book Club: My Life on the Road is our October selection for Book Club. Carol’s book discussion will be held on Tuesday October 17th at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk and downloadable versions can be found on MyMediaMall and Hoopla.


September Book Club

Last Days of Night (Sept)
Summary: New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

Read-Alikes: If you enjoyed reading this book, here are some more that might interest you. The News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, Moonglow by Michael Chabon, The Nix by Nathan Hill, and The Lost Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.

Book Club: The Last Days of Night will be our September selection for Book Club. Carol’s discussion will be held on Tuesday September 19th at 2:30pm. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk and downloadable versions can be found through MyMediaMall and Hoopla.


August New Releases


  1. Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
  2. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
  3. The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson
  4. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
  5. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
  6. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger
  7. The Store by James Patterson
  8. Y is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton
  9. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin


  1. Among the Ruins by Paul L. Williams
  2. Barometer of Fear by Alexis Stenfors
  3. Halfway Homemade by Parris Ritchie
  4. Love the Journey to College by Jill Madenberg
  5. Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker by Martha Stewart
  6. Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
  7. Sargent’s Women by Donna M. Lucey
  8. Shooting Ghosts by Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly
  9. The Kelloggs by Howard Markel


  1. Big Little Lies
  2. Billions (Season 2)
  3. The Case for Christ
  4. Chicago Fire (Season 5)
  5. Going in Style
  6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  7. Snatched
  8. The Circle
  9. The White Princess


  1. Kaleidoscope EP by Coldplay
  2. Dark Matter by Randy Newman
  3. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye by Dionne Warwick
  4. The Loveliest Night of the Year by Helen Traubel
  5. The Rose of England by Nick Lowe
  6. These Foolish Things (The Decca Years) by Artie Shaw


  1. Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens
  2. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
  3. Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart
  4. Solo by Kwame Alexander
  5. The Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  6. We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson


  1. The Bad Guys and the Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey
  2. The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez
  3. The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen by Catherine Lloyd Burns
  4. Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson
  5. Side Tracked by Diana Harmon Asher
  6. The Losers Club by Andrew Clements

Shark Week (July 23rd – 30th)

Every year, the Discovery Channel hosts Shark Week, a week-long block of shark-based programming. Here are some books to get you interested in sharks. You can also find lots of other shark books in the 597’s.

The Devil’s Teeth – Susan Casey
Journalist Susan Casey first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. In a few months, she joined two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island’s one habitable building, a 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano.

Surrounded by Sharks – Michael Northrup
On the first day of vacation, thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early, slips out of his family hotel room without telling anyone, and heads for the beach and a swim in the warm Floridian waters and a fateful meeting with a shark.

438 Days – Jonathan Franklin
The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history.

The Shallows (DVD)
Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, and finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

Top 10 Deadliest Sharks -Joe Brusha
In graphic novel format, presents general information about ten of the most dangerous sharks to humans, while emphasizing the relative rarity of shark attacks and the reasons behind them.

Shark Skin Suite – Tim Dorsey
When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law

Sharks & Rays of the World – Doug Perrine
Examines the natural history and evolution of various species of sharks and rays, members of the same subclass, describing their physical characteristics, feeding, reproduction, human encounters, and more.

Against the Sun (DVD/Blu-Ray)
Three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation, and each other, as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety.

All is Lost (DVD/Blu-Ray)
An open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea.

Hungry, Hungry Sharks – Joanna Cole
A simple discussion of the kinds of sharks and their behavior.

For more information, including details about upcoming shark programs, visit


Best Books of 2017…so far!

We’ve already hit the half-way point to 2018 and a lot of great books have already come out. If you’re looking for something new to read or looking to complete your Adult Summer Reading Club log, here are some titles you can find at the Lake Bluff Library.

All Grown Up – Jamie Attenberg
American War – Omar El Akkad
An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole
And We’re Off – Dana Schwartz
Borne – Jeff VanderMeer
Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray
Difficult Women – Roxanne Gay
Ill Will – Dan Chaon
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Saints & Misfits – S.K. Ali
Spaceman of Bohemia – Jaroslav Kalfar
The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill
The Lost Book of the Grail – Charlie Lovett

For the full listing, visit!


Sidewalk Chalk Competition!

sidewalk chalk
On Saturday July 22nd, we’ll be hosting our 5th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Competition! Join aspiring local artists, equipped with chalk, as they create sidewalk chalk art based on the theme of our Summer Reading Club, “Where the Wild Things Read.”

At 1:30pm, Holly Nagel returns to astound and amaze with her eye-popping balloon art! At 3:00pm, all participants can join us in the Dahlmann Reading Garden for some lemonade and a light snack. Competition prize winners will be announced at this time!

Registration forms for the sidewalk chalk contest are available at the library. You must register to be guaranteed a space in the program. If you do not register, you will be accepted as space permits on a first-come, first-served basis.

The fun and festivities start at 10:00am! For more information, please see Liliana or Martha!