Local Favorites – December 14th

The following titles are current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store AND are available on our library shelves! Call us or stop by our Circulation Desk if you would like to be placed on hold for one.

Becoming – Michelle Obama
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

Cook Like a Pro – Ina Garten
Garten shares some of her most irresistible recipes and very best “pro tips,”

Gmorning, Gnight – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others.

One Day in December – Josie Silver
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Snap – Belinda Bauer
A gripping novel about a teenage boy’s hunt for his mother’s killer. Eleven year old Jack and his two sisters wait as his mother goes to find help after their car breaks down. They bicker and whine and play I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn’t come back. She never comes back.

The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben
A forester’s fascinating stories reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other

The Point of It All – Charles Krauthammer
A collection of the influential columnist’s most notable works and writings includes never-before-published speeches on his political philosophy and personal history and a major, new essay about the state of global democracy.

The Spy and the Traitor – Ben Macintyre
A thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild and unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say.

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NY Times 10 Best Books of 2018

The following titles are chosen by the editors of The New York Times and are declared the 10 Best Books of 2018. All of these titles can be found on the shelves at the library.

American Prison – Shane Bauer
In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and he wrote an expose about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones.

Asymmetry – Lisa Halliday
Explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice.

Educated – Tara Westover
Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

Frederick Douglass – David W. Blight
The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan
A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing experiences.

Small Fry – Lisa-Brennan Jobs
A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

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 funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

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 situation.

There There – Tommy Orange
A relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master’s eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him.

Holiday Gift Books

As the holiday season approaches, we start looking for gift ideas and for children, books make a great gift! Here are some ideas of children’s books that are great gift books. If you want to look at these before you buy them, the titles listed below can be found at the library. For the complete list, visit http://www.bookriot.com.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star – Grace Lin
Re-imagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cake and, despite Mama’s request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

Aquarium – Cynthia Alonso
In this wordless picture book, a little girl learns about love, nature, and the transformative power of letting go when a little fish leaps into her life.

Bus! Stop! – James Yang
A boy who has just missed his bus waits for the next one, but the vehicles that arrive at his stop do not look at all like the one he missed, and the riders who get on them are not quite what he expects either.

Dreamers – Yuyi Morales
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Morales tells her own immigration story.

Hello Lighthouse – Sophie Blackall
Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper.

I Really Want to See You, Grandma – Taro Gomi
Yumi and her grandmother really want to see each other, but when they both set out from their homes at the same time they keep missing each other.

New Shoes – Sara Varon
Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker in the village. He uses only the finest materials. After he receives an order for new shoes from Miss Manatee, Francis the donkey must journey through the jungle to find the materials he needs, meeting the variety of animals that live near him.

The Brilliant Deep – Kate Messner
Looks at the life of the coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates – Ryan T. Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

Zola’s Elephant – Randall De Seve
A little girl hesitates to initiate a friendship with her new neighbor Zola because she imagines Zola is busy with another friend–an elephant.

Holiday Books

Come to the library this holiday season and see all that we have to offer with books for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a holiday themed novel, a holiday craft to do with your family, or delicious recipes to impress those coming to your home for dinner, we have many options for you to choose from!

A Christmas Revelation – Anne Perry
An orphan boy investigates a woman’s kidnapping and discovers there’s more at stake than a disappearance.

Country Living Christmas At Home
Make your Christmas spectacular! Inside you’ll find 200 fresh ideas for decorating, tree-trimming, as well as crafting unique and thoughtful gifts.

Country Living Christmas Joys
Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes.

Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookies
Whether you’re an expert baker or an enthusiastic home cook, this treasure trove of cookies will ensure that everything you make tastes and looks amazing!

The 12 Days of Christmas – Greg Pizzoli
An elephant parent has to take responsibility for caring for all of the gifts that arrive in this newly illustrated version of the traditional song.

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook – Jamie Oliver
Packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food, and new ways to love those leftovers.

I Have a Little Dreidel – Maxie Baum
An illustrated retelling of the classic Hannukah song, with directions for playing the dreidel game and a recipe for making latkes.

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book – Chris McVeigh
A LEGO construction book featuring 15 different kinds of Christmas ornaments built from LEGO bricks, including detailed step-by-step instructions

The Girl Who Saved Christmas – Matt Haig
Amelia Wishart’s Christmas spirit helped Santa get the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. When she’s sent to the workhouse, Amelia’s hope begins to drain away. Santa sets out to find her with the help of his reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens.

The Complete Kwanzaa – Dorothy Winbush Riley
A resource guide to Kwanzaa is organized around the seven principles and describes the traditions, practices, and cultural foundations of the holiday.

The Christmas Star – Donna VanLiere
Amy Denison volunteers at an after school program where she meets Maddie, a precocious young girl who has spent her childhood in foster care. Unbeknownst to Amy, Maddie is a mini-matchmaker, with her eye on just the right man for Amy at Grandon Elementary School, where she is a student.

2018 Goodreads Choice Winners

For the past 10 years, Goodreads has chosen the best books for the end of the year. Each year, readers cast their votes and nominate a book they feel is the best in a specific genre and the winner is announced. Here are some of the 2018 Goodreads Choice winners that you can find at the library.

Goodreads is the world’s largest website for book reviews and book recommendations. The reviews you find online are from actual readers just like you!

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Debut Author)
Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Circe – Madeline Miller (Fantasy)
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

Cravings – Chrissy Teigen (Food & Cookbooks)
100 recipes that are simple and get the most bang-for-your-buck. It’s how Teigen cooks as a new parent and it’s perfect for all busy cooks.

Elevation – Stephen King (Horror)
A riveting and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together to find common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

The Good Neighbor – Maxwell King (History & Biography)
Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces Fred Rogers, the iconic children’s program host’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)
Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Alaska. It’s 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of the long, cold winters and isolation.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang (Romance)
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish (Humor)
A memoir of the struggles of a woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

The Outsider – Stephen King (Mystery & Thriller)
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens, Terry Maitland. He’s the town Little League coach, an English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. The case seems ironclad, especially when Anderson and the district attorney are able to add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses.

December Book Club

(Dec) Fiela's Child

Summary – Set in rural Africa, Fiela’s Child tells the story of Fiela Komoetie and a white, three year old child, Benjamin. For nine years, Fiela raises Benjamin as one of her own. But when the census takers find out about Benjamin, they send him to live with an illiterate family of woodcutters who claim him as their son. What follows is Benjamin’s search for his own identity and the changes affecting both families that claim him as their child.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed reading this, here are some more titles that you might like that have similar elements to Fiela’s Child. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Book Club – Fiela’s Child is Carol’s book club selection for December. Carol leads an open-ended discussion that everyone is welcome to attend. Book Club will meet on Tuesday December 11th at 2:30pm. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Must-Read Biographies

Here are a list of some of Book Riot’s 50 biographies that are must-reads. For the complete list, visit http://www.bookriot.com.

All We Know – Lisa Cohen
Chronicles the lives of New York intellectual Esther Murphy, celebrity ephemera collector Mercedes de Acosta, and British Vogue editor Madge Garland and their lifestyles, influence on fashion, and celebrity friendships.

Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

Notorious RBG – Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself, Notorious RBG draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself.

Barracoon – Zora Neal Hurston
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo’s firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.

Cleopatra – Stacy Schiff
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

Einstein – Walter Isaacson
The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality.

John Adams – David McCullough
Profiles John Adams, an influential patriot during the American Revolution who became the nation’s first vice president and second president.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multi-million dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.

Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
In 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Washington – Ron Chernow
Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.

-Claire