The Royal Wedding

On May 19th, over 23 million people watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Harry and Meghan are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry is currently 6th in line for the throne, following Prince William’s three children.

Come visit our first floor display featuring an assortment of books about the British Royal Family.

Edward VII – Catharine Arnold
Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria. While the scandals resulting from his affairs were a blight on the royal family, He would become a surprisingly modern monarch, transforming the British monarchy into the modern institution that we know today and ensuring its survival during WWI.

Harry: Life, Loss, and Love – Katie Nicholl
The most insightful book on Prince Harry to date, based on exclusive interviews and including stories and family secrets never before revealed.

Kate: The Future Queen – Katie Nicholl
At look at the life of Kate Middleton from student to duchess.

Kate: A Biography – Marcia Moody
This biography examines the woman who has done so much to revitalize the public image of the royal family.

Life Jubilee! Queen Elizabeth II
This book includes the grand photography of the Life Jubilee, House of Windsor celebrations, Elizabeth’s wedding, the so-called “Wedding of the Century” (Charles and Di’s), and the recent marriage of Elizabeth’s grandson to Princess Kate.

The Diana Chronicles – Tina Brown
Brown knew Diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself. In this book, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them.

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking – Deborah Cadbury
An exploration of Queen Victoria’s matchmaking exploits details how she used her grandchildren to further the influence of the British Empire, despite their own plans and the turmoil that rocked Europe starting in the nineteenth century.

Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King – Penny Junior
The first definitive, in-depth portrait of the man who will be king of England-and the story of his relationship with the woman who will be his queen.

William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls – Katie Nicholl
Drawing on her unique set of contacts Katie Nicholl recounts the royal brothers’ extraordinary lives and reveals William and Harry’s real characters as they become front line soldiers and modern princes.

William & Catherine: Their Story – Andrew Morton
Provides an inside look at Prince William and Kate Middleton, delving into their backgrounds, their meeting as students at the University of St Andrews, the ups and downs of their relationship, their engagement, and their wedding.



Diversity Through Books

Book Riot has created a list of 22 books that address diversity amongst children. Here are some picture books you can find at the library, suitable for all ages of kids, to educate them on topics related to empathy, diversity, and the struggles they may experience throughout their life. Many of these books are great additions to your home library or for the child in your life.

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A Family is a Family is a Family – Sara O’Leary & Qin Leng
When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

All the World – Liz Garton Scanlon
Pictures and rhyming text celebrate a family’s day spent going to the beach, shopping at the market, eating at a restaurant and spending the evening with the rest of the extended family.

Counting on Community – Innosanto Nagara
A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. And of course, there is a duck to find on every page!

Her Right Foot – Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris
Eggers and Harris investigate America’s most emblematic statue, the Statue of Liberty. What they find is about more than history or art. What they find in the right foot is the message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.

Here We Are – Oliver Jeffers
In this salutation from Earth, Jeffers gives a tour of the planet and introduces those who call it home.

I Have the Right to be a Child – Alain Serres
Describes what it means to be a child with rights and makes evident that knowing and talking about these rights are the first steps toward making sure that they are respected.

Let’s Talk About Race – Julius Lester
Lester introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual’s or nation’s “story.”

Only One You – Linda Kranz
Adri promises to remember his parents’ words of wisdom about how to live his life.

We’re All Wonders – RJ Palacio
Augie enjoys the company of his dog, Daisy, and using his imagination, but painfully endures the taunts of his peers because of his facial deformity.

This is How We Do It – Matt Lamothe
Follows the daily lives of seven children from around the world and discusses how schools, meals, and play can be different or similar in different places in the world.

The Three Questions – Jon Muth
Nikolai asks his animal friends to help him answer three important questions: “When is the best time to do things?” “Who is the most important?” and “What is the right thing to do?”


Local Favorites: May 15, 2018

The following books are current best sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found on the shelves at our library. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask one of our staff members and we can find it nearby or possibly purchase the item for our collection.

Beauty in the Broken Places – Alison Pataki
A deeply moving memoir about two lives that were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their future. Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange, and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night. When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next.

Charlotte Moss Entertains – Charlotte Moss
Renowned and beloved interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss celebrates gracious hospitality–from assembling striking place settings and arranging the table to hosting a dinner party or simply serving an elegant afternoon tea.

Educated – Tara Westover
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food and sleeping with her survival bag. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself and was admitted to Brigham Young University.

I’ve Been Thinking… – Maria Shriver
Shriver shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field, a place of joy.

Magnolia Table – Joanna Gaines
Best known from the home improvement show, Fixer Upper, Gaines collects more than 100 classic recipes for meals, snacks, desserts, and small plates.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

The Book of Summer – Michelle Gable
Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family’s Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she’s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook – Amelia Levin
This collection of recipes captures the evocative food experiences of the Lake Michigan region, an ultimate vacation destination with hundreds of miles of shoreline and rich food traditions reflecting the bounty of the area’s farms and the lake’s daily catch.

The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karen Dionne
At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her. Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction.

The Soul of America – Jon Meacham
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.


Afternoon Book Club (June)

(June) A Handmaid's Tale
Summary – Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

Read-Alikes – If you liked A Handmaid’s Tale, here are some others you might enjoy as well. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1984 by George Orwell, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Book Club – A Handmaid’s Tale is Carol’s book club selection for June. Carol leads an insightful book discussion that is open for everyone to attend. Book discussion will meet on Tuesday June 19th at 2:30pm. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk.


Local Favorites: May 10, 2018

With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for a new summer book or something to suggest to a friend, neighbor, or pick for your book club. Here are some suggestions!

The following titles are current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store and can also be found on the shelves at the library. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask one of our staff members. We can either purchase the book or put you on hold for it!

A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
The former FBI director shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.

I’ve Been Thinking… – Maria Shriver
In this moving and powerful book, Shriver shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field.

Rocket Men – Robert Kurson
The inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission, focusing on the lives of astronaut heroes Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, while illuminating the political factors that prompted the decision to risk lives to save the Apollo program and define the space race.

Charlotte Moss Entertains – Charlotte Moss
Moss inspires readers to imbue everyday life with elegance and romance. Moss focuses on events and the artifacts of our lives (china, silver, linen) to create the backdrop for a life well lived.

Educated – Tara Westover
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food and sleeping with her survival supplies. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of her brothers became violent. As a way out, Westover began to educate herself and was admitted to Brigham Young University.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
A portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

The Perfect Nanny – Leila Slimani
When Myriam decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic lifestyle.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal
After her father’s death, Nikki, who has spent most of her life distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community, takes a job teaching a creative writing course in the heart of the Punjabi community.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

True Roots – Kristin Cavallari
Cavallari shows you that improving the way you eat doesn’t have to be difficult–a clean and toxin-free diet can and should be fun, easy, and enjoyable.


Sources of North Korea Conflict

Our program will be held on Monday May 21st at 7:00pm. Please contact the library for more information.

In 1947, George F. Kennan published his famous “X” article in the journal Foreign Affairs, outlining his containment doctrine and his long-term prognosis for the Soviet Union. Dr. Bruce Cumings will do the same for North Korea, arguing that containing that leadership will be even easier than it was with the USSR, since the North has no expansionist goals beyond the Korean peninsula. Such a strategy requires patience, and the conviction that over the long run, North Korea will evolve internally and cease to be a problem.

Dr. Bruce Cumings is a professor of Korean history at the University of Chicago.

A River in Darkness – Masaji Ishikawa
The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.

A Thousand Miles to Freedom – Eunsun Kim
Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As child Eunsun loved her country. Her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete.

Dear Leader – Jang Jin-Sung
In this rare insider’s view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.

My Holiday in North Korea – Wendy Simmons
Through poignant, funny essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, Simmons chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon – Lucia Jang
Born in 1970s North Korea, Jang grew up in a typical household. But it was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine resulting in more than a million deaths. This stunning demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured.

The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot – Blaine Harden
Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception and escape.

The Hidden People of North Korea – Ralph Hassig
Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. The authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its citizens’ lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism.

Under the Same Sky – Joseph Kim
Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy’s normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China.

Tyranny of the Weak – Charles K. Armstrong
Reveals for the first time the motivations, processes, and effects of North Korea’s foreign relations during the Cold War era. Armstrong tells in vivid detail how North Korea managed its alliances with fellow communist states, maintained a precarious independence, attempted to reach out to the capitalist West and present itself as a model for Third World development, and confronted and engaged with its archenemies, the United States and South Korea.


Quilts: Stitches in Time

On Tuesday May 1st at 1:30pm, quilt expert Marge Edwards will explain many of the traditions that have followed the art of quilting through hundreds of years—each with its own story to tell. For example, what was behind the custom of a bride needing 13 quilts when she married? Quilts will be on display to admire. For more information about the program, including registration, please contact the library!

A Single Thread – Marie Bostwick
Moving from Fort Worth, Texas to New Bern, Connecticut to open a quilt shop begins a new life for Evelyn Dixon, bringing unexpected connections with a trio of women who come to the shop for quilting classes.

Memorabilia Quilts – Rita Weiss
Scrapbooking and stitching come together in these spectacular, memory-preserving quilts. If you could make a time capsule of precious moments in your life, what would you put in it? They can all become part of a warm and wonderful quilt to wrap up in or display on the wall.

The Quilt Walk – Sandra Dallas
Ten-year-old Emmy Blue learns the true meaning of friendship–and how to quilt–while making a harrowing wagon journey from Illinois to Colorado with her family in the 1860s.

Backyard Bird Quilts – Jodie Davis
Learn how to paper-piece 14 different bird blocks from Backyard Bird Quilts that can be incorporated into any number of home decorating projects to showcase both a love of quilting and an interest in bird watching.

Mooshka: A Quilt Story – Julie Paschkis
Karla’s quilt Mooshka tells her stories about the pieces of fabric that Mooshka is made from, but when Karla’s baby sister is born, Mooshka falls silent until Karla overcomes her jealousy and shares Mooshka with the baby.

The Wedding Quilt – Jennifer Chiaverini
Newlyweds Elizabeth and Henry set out on a cross-country journey to the site of their new home only to discover that they have been the victims of fraud and are now penniless, which forces Henry to take a job as a ranch hand while Elizabeth begins a new quilt.

The Goodbye Quilt – Susan Wiggs
As her only child Molly readies for college, local fabric shop owner Linda Davis shares one last adventure with her daughter — a cross-country road trip to move Molly into her dorm. As they make their way through the heart of the country, Linda pieces together the scraps that make up Molly’s young life.

Log Cabin Quilts with Attitude – Sharon Rotz
Disregard perfect seam allowances. Forget about matching up corners. Combine fabrics without fretting. Give your seam ripper the slip. And do it all as you turn the traditional log cabin pattern on its ear with Sharon V. Rotz’ innovative Freedom Block format.