Local Favorites: February 4th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and are available on our library shelves. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask any of our helpful library staff members and we’ll be glad to assist you!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark Sullivan
In 1940’s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich’s most powerful commanders.

Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

Educated – Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Midnight Blue – Simone Van Der Vlugt
Following the sudden death of her husband, Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job as a housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant family. Madam Van Nulandt passes her time taking expensive painting lessons from a local master, Rembrandt van Rigin, and when Catrin takes up a brush to finish some of her mistress’s work, Rembrandt realizes the maid has genuine talent, and encourages her to continue.

Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen
A charming, hilarious romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a “sub-continental divide. These were engineering marvels in their time and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences.

The Gown – Jennifer Robson
London, 1947: 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, but their bond, along with their nascent hopes for a brighter future, are tested when they are chosen to create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai
In 1985, Yale Tishman is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

Why Religion? – Elaine Pagels
Pagels draws on personal experiences and the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians to illuminate the enduring capacity of faith in explaining and meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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