February Book Club

Join Carol and other book lovers for an insightful and open-ended discussion! All book club titles are available for checkout at the circulation desk. Our February Book Club will meet on Tuesday February 27th at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. We’ll be discussing Mary Coin by Marisa Silver.
Mary Coin (Feb)
Summary – In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.

Read-Alikes – Here are some other books, if you liked Mary Coin: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, and Euphoria by Lily King.



January Book Club

Join Carol and other book lovers for an insightful and open-ended discussion! All book club titles are available for checkout at the circulation desk. Our January Book Club will meet on Tuesday January 23rd at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. We’ll be discussing Red Notice by Bill Browder.

Red Notice (Jan)

Summary – This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.

Read-Alikes – Here are some other titles that might appeal to you, if you liked Red Notice: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Grant by Ron Chernow, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.


December Book Club

Join Carol and other book lovers for an insightful and open-ended discussion! All book club titles are available for checkout at the circulation desk. Our December Book Club will meet on Tuesday December 19th at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. We’ll be discussing All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (Dec)

Summary – As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It’s safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book, here are some others that are similar: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, and Bear Town by Fredrik Backman.


Books About the 2016 Election

On November 7th, some parts of the country experience an election, mostly for legislative and mayoral position. Here are some books you can find at the library about the 2016 election. You can find more books on politics and political candidates (past and present) in the 973’s.

An American Family – Khzir Khan
Khizr Khan electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution, his gesture perfectly encapsulated the feelings of millions. But who was that man, standing beside his wife, extolling the promises and virtues of the U.S. Constitution?

Our Revolution – Bernie Sanders
Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all―and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better.

Unbelievable – Katy Tur
Called “disgraceful,” “third-rate,” and “not nice” by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history.

Beyond the Messy Truth – Van Jones
Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump’s victory. Heurges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.

Shattered – Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
Tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

What Happened – Hilary Rodham Clinton
For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history.

The Devil’s Bargain – Joshua Green
a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Steve Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton.

How the Hell Did This Happen – P.J. O’Rourke
This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692.

*The titles listed here are strictly for Reader’s Advisory purposes and do not reflect the views or opinions of the staff at the Lake Bluff Public Library.


Knitwits (Nov. 9th)

Join Martha and Liliana for Knitwits, a group for beginning knitters. We’ll meet on the second Thursday of each month to knit, chat, and learn new techniques. Bring your knitting and your questions!

Knitwits will meet on Thursday November 9th @ 7:00pm in the Spruth Room.

50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit – From the Editors of Sixth & Spring Books
Even novice knitters can handle the garter stitch—one of the simplest to master. And these easy projects are so charming and versatile that they’ll gratify beginners and satisfy experienced knitters alike.

Cast On, Bind Off – Leslie Ann Bestor
Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography to help you create edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier.

Knit Christmas Stockings! – Gwen Steege
Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 simple and fun patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful Christmas stockings for everyone on Santa’s list.

Knit Socks! – Betsy Lee McCarthy
Knitters love to make socks. Socks are practical and pretty, cozy and colorful. Sock projects are easily carried in a knitting bag, and the patterns are complex enough to be interesting but small enough to be quickly finished. Plus, socks are always fun to wear and great to give as gifts.

Knitting for the Absolute Beginner – Alison Dupernex
If you would love to knit but simply don’t know where to start, this fantastic little book is for you!


Cookbook Club (Nov. 8th)

Cookbook Club meets on Wednesday November 8th at 7:00pm.

Bring your finished dish to Book Club, and sample everyone’s delicious foods while discussing the topic. Selected cookbooks will be on display at the Library at least two weeks prior to the club meeting. Come browse and pick a recipe to make.

Time to get creative in the kitchen this Fall! This month we’ll choose recipes that feature fragrant spices, in both sweet and savory dishes. Spice doesn’t need to mean heat, so have fun creating a warm and cozy dish for this chilly day!

Mighty Spice Cookbook – John-Gregory Smith
Spices have been used in kitchens for thousands of years and they are as relevant today as they have always been. However, many people find spices confusing and equate them to endless shopping lists or old jars sitting in their kitchen cupboard. Mighty Spice will change these misconceptions and show everyone how simple it is to cook with spices.

Olives, Lemons, & Za’Atar – Rawia Bishara
Tangy lemony tabbouleh, smoky, rich baba ghanouj, and beautifully spiced lamb shank. The recipes in ‘Olives, Lemons & Za’atar‘ provide something irresistible for every occasion. These dishes represent the flavours of Rawia’s Middle Eastern childhood with recipes copied faithfully from family cookbooks (her mother’s most treasured harissa), and then developed with a creative flourish of her own.

The Cafe Spice Cookbook – Hari Nayak
This book provides you with all the instructions you’ll need to prepare healthy Indian dishes anywhere and anytime, using ingredients available at any supermarket or health food store.

The New Sugar & Spice – Samantha Seneviratne
Collects more than eighty unique dessert recipes using exotic spices, including chile-chocolate truffles, cinnamon toast bread pudding, Indonesian spiced layer cake, crêpe cake with pistachio cream, and fig and fennel seed biscotti.


Vladimir Putin: Friend or Foe? (Nov. 6th)

Since Vladimir Putin took power in Russia over 17 years ago, the relationship between the United States and this formerly sworn enemy has been in a state of flux. George W. Bush and Putin seemed to have a working relationship. Barack Obama and Putin did not. Now, under President Trump, the relationship is uncertain.”

This lecture by Dr. Ben Whisenhunt will examine Putin’s background, style of rule and overall relationship with the United States. Dr. Whisenhunt is a history professor at the College of DuPage who received his PhD. from UIC.

Visit our first floor display featuring books about Vladimir Putin, his 17 year tenure in Russia, and the variety of ways he has interacted with U.S. Presidents. Please call the library if you would like to register for our discussion with Dr. Whisenhunt.

Putin – Richard Lourie
For reasons that are made clear in this book, Putin’s Russia will collapse just as Imperial Russia did in 1917 and as Soviet Russia did in 1991. The only questions are when, how violently, and with how much peril for the world.

The Man Without a Face – Masha Gessen
In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president. Vladimir Putin seemed the perfect choice: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies could mold in their own image. Russia was determined to see in him the progressive leader of their dreams. Within a few brief years, virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave.

The Putin Interviews – Oliver Stone
Academy Award winner Oliver Stone interviews Vladimir Putin

Palace of Treason – Jason Matthews
Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

Red to Black – Alex Dryden
A spy thriller that exposes the links between the old Russia of the Cold War and the new Russia of Vladimir Putin.

Putin Country – Anne Garrells
A portrait of the mid-size city of Chelyabinsk and how it is faring in the new Russia

Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers.

Orders to Kill – Amy Knight
In Russia, the 21st century belongs to Vladimir Putin. His political dominance has lasted two presidential terms, an appointment to prime minister, and a controversial election to a third presidential term. And like the violent tsars and Soviet revolutionaries who came before him, he maintains his grip on power through coercion and intimidation.

Red Notice – Bill Browder
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption

All the Kremlin’s Men – Mikhail Zygar
Charting the transformation of Vladimir Putin from a passionate fan of the West and a liberal reformer into a hurt and introverted outcast, All the Kremlin’s Men is a historical detective story, full of intrigue and conspiracy. This is the story of the political battles that have taken place in the court of Vladimir Putin since his rise to power, and a chronicle of friendship and hatred between the Russian leader and his foreign partners and opponents.

Putinism – Walter Laqueur
A timely, topical book grounding Russia’s recent turn towards conservatism in pre-1917 culture and explaining what this shift could mean for the rest of the world

The New Tsar: The Rise & Fall of Vladimir Putin – Steven Lee Myers
The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia’s current president–of his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history.