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”.

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