Afternoon Book Club (July)

(July) Americanah
Summary – Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Ifemelu heads for America, where she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Obinze had hoped to join her, but instead he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book, here are a few others that are similar. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin, and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

Book Club – Americanah is Carol’s book club selection for July. Book discussion will be held in the Spruth Room on Tuesday July 24th at 2:00pm. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. You don’t have to attend book club to check out the book…but it helps!



World Cup 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is an international football tournament. Currently, the games are taking place in Russia from June 14th to July 15th. For more information about the games and the playing schedule, visit

Our first floor display currently features titles about soccer, the World Cup, and noteworthy soccer players.

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil – Dave Zirin
The people of Brazil celebrated when they learned that in two years their country would host the world’s two largest sporting events: the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Now they are protesting in numbers the country hasn’t seen in decades.

Encyclopedia Blazertannica – Roger Bennett & Michael Davies
The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life.

Forward – Abby Wambach
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship.

The Ugly Game – Heidi Blake
This meticulously reported account by two award-winning, investigative journalists explains how the 2022 World Cup was secured for Qatar—a key element in the ongoing, international FIFA controversy.

The Sun and Other Stars – Brigid Pasulka
Adrift in a soccer-obsessed seaside village on the Italian Riviera, a young man who has recently lost his mother and brother struggles to bond with his emotionally absent father before being drawn into the world of a scandalous soccer star and his tough-love sister.

Quality Control: Coaching Youth Soccer – Mark A. Perdew
Over 100 activities, games and practices! An excellent resource for beginning and experienced coaches alike!

Upon Further Review – Mike Pesca
From Mike Pesca, host of the podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee’s call had just gone the other way.

When Nobody Was Watching – Carli Lloyd
The celebrated star of the U.S. women’s national soccer team chronicles her amazing journey to the top.


Happy Father’s Day

On June 16th, we honor Father’s Day, a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Here are some books, that you can find in our library, that celebrate Father’s Day and the importance of the relationships that children have with their fathers.

The staff at the Lake Bluff Library wishes all fathers have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

A Father’s Day Thank You – Janet Yolen
Harvey the bear searches for the perfect Father’s Day present and decides that thanking his dad is the best gift of all.

My Family Four Floors Up – Caroline Stutson
Illustrations and rhyming text follow a young girl and her father as they share a busy day at the park before returning to their fourth-floor apartment.

Owl Moon – Jane Yolen
On a winter’s night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Tad and Dad – David Ezra Stein
A growing tadpole loves his frog dad so much he never gives him a moment’s peace

The Daddy Book – Todd Parr
Represents a variety of fathers, with lots of hair and little hair, making cookies and buying doughnuts, camping out and taking naps, and hugging and kissing their children.


LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Here are some books you can find in the library about LGBT related topics and stories with related themes. For more titles about LGBT, please visit the adult non-fiction section under 306. We also have similar books in our Children’s Department and our Teen collection. For more information about LGBT Pride Month, you can visit

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children – Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents all while trying to come out as transgender.

Binge – Tyler Oakley
The prominent LGBTQ YouTube social rights advocate presents a first collection of essays, written in his signature witty and uproarious style, that reveal such mishaps as a Cheesecake Factory meltdown, a fashion stand-off with the White House Secret Service, and an embarrassing car crash.

Coming Around – Anne Dohrenwend
A resource for understanding and coming to terms with a child’s sexual orientation and maintaining a dialogue between parent and child.

Hunger – Roxanne Gay
Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls ‘wildly undisciplined.’ She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera
Juliet is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing.

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens – Kathy Belge
A humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.

Speaking Out – Steve Berman
Stories of overcoming adversity and experiencing life after coming out.

Stonewall – Ann Bausum
A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

The Gay Revolution – Lillian Faderman
A chronicle of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights draws on interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists and members of the LGBT community to document the cause’s struggles since the 1950s.

This Book is Gay – Juno Dawson
This candid and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums.


Summertime at the Movies

It’s summer and there are tons of awesome movies out right now! Come visit our first floor display featuring popular books, soundtracks, and video games that are being adapted into movies.

Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer
Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Ta-Nehisi Coates
T’Challa confronts a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil.

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
A breakthrough in genetic engineering leads to the development of a technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA, a method that brings about the creation of Jurassic Park, a tourist attraction populated by creatures extinct for eons.z

Mamma Mia! (Broadway Original Cast Album)
The original Broadway cast album featuring music by Swedish pop group, ABBA.

Notorious RBG – Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself.

Star Wars: Lando – Charles Soule
You know him…you love him…now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own book!

Tomb Raider (PlayStation 4)
The cinematic action-adventure that forced Lara Croft to grow from an inexperienced young woman into a hardened survivor has been re-built for Xbox One and PS4, featuring an obsessively detailed Lara and a stunningly lifelike world.

Solo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Featuring songs from the recent motion picture composed by John Williams.



June New Releases



50 After 50 by Maria Olsen

Lincoln’s First Trial by Dan Abrams/David Fisher

Mayor Harold Washington by Roger Biles

#neveragain by David and Lauren Hogg

Red Card: How the US Blew the Whistle by Ken Bensinger

Room to Dream by David Lynch/Kristine McKenna

The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries by David Mearns

Unicorn Food by Rachel Johnson

What the Eyes Don’t See by Hanna Mearns




Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

There There by Tommy Orange

The Pharaoh Key by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson




Lost Continent by Tui T Sutherland

Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty

Bat & the Waiting Game by Elana K Arnold

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Breakout by Kate Messner

The Last by Katherine Applegate




The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi




I Can Only Imagine

Jesus Christ Superstar

Kirk Cameron: Connect

Love Simon

My Letter to the World

Orange is the New Black: Season Five

Pacific Rim Uprising

Spinning Man

Suits: Season Seven




 Bawlers by Tom Waite

Bigger by Sugarland

The Blues is Alive and Well by Buddy Guy

Come Tomorrow by Dave Matthews Band

Liberation by Christina Aguilera

Life in 12 Bars by Eric Clapton

America’s 100 Favorite Books

The Great American Read is a series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Please visit our first floor display featuring some of these great american novels! Many more of them can be found on our library shelves.

For the complete list, visit

1984 – George Orwell
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world, and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?

Fifty Shades of Grey (series) – E.L. James
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
In 1956, toward the end of Rev. John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O’Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
A technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

The Godfather – Mario Puzo
A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that was passed on from father to son.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition.

The Martian – Andy Weir
When a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, completely alone. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills, Mark embarks on a quest to stay alive, but will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?