Sears Catalog Homes (Oct. 19th)

On Thursday October 19th at 7:00pm, we will feature a program about Sears Mail Order Catalog Homes. Please contact the Library if you wish to sign up for the program.

General merchandise mail order catalogs were established in the 1880’s, offering a wide variety of goods to the rural market. House plan books appeared at about the same time. In 1906 a combination of these two marketing techniques first came on the scene–mail order houses. Sears Roebuck is the best known of all the companies that sold mail order homes, although Aladdin Company was the first in the business. We will learn the history of mail order homes and view images of homes manufactured by the eight major producers.

Visit our first floor display featuring books on home remodeling and building improvement projects, tips, and advice. If you’re looking for more books like this, please visit our non-fiction section in the 684’s and 690’s.

The Handbuilt Home – Ana White
Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It’s easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensable collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit.

The Good House Book – Clarke Snell
To create a dwelling that’s both ecologically sustainable and attractive, Natural Home magazine is the place to go. With this exquisitely illustrated guide, packed with 400 photos and illustrations, anyone can put environmentally friendly ideas into beautiful practice.

Building Additions (Fine Homebuilding Magazine)
Through an eye-catching combination of text, illustration, and photos, the authors of Fine Homebuilding magazine reveal the decisions, design ideas, and construction details involved in completing a wide range of home additions.

Built-In Furniture – Jim Tolpin
Built-in furnishings are generally less expensive to build than stand-alone furniture of the same type and size. They give you great latitude in designing the look and function of your interior spaces. And, because of the manner in which built-in furnishings are constructed, you can maximize the use of the most unusual spaces while creating an effective and aesthetically pleasing design solution.

Deck Designs – Steve Corey
Created for both the do-it-yourselfer and the those who wish to work with a professional to achieve the ideal deck, this book is divided into two main sections. The first provides basic design instruction on building a deck. The second part of the book takes an in-depth look at the work of five of the country’s most successful deck builders.



2017 Nobel Prize Winner – Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro is a Nobel Prize winning British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. Ishiguro is considered one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, receiving awards (including 4 Man Booker Prize nominations) for titles such as Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day.

This year, he is the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature.

Feel free to visit our first floor display featuring some of Kazuo Ishiguro’s books.

Never Let Me Go – As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

Nocturnes – With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor.

The Buried Giant – In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share.

The Remains of the Day – This is Kazuo Ishiguro’s profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, embarks on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the “great gentleman,” Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington’s “greatness,” and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.


October New Releases


1. The Rooster BarJohn Grisham
2. In the Midst of Winter –Isabel Allende
3. Smile –Roddy Doyle
4. Deep Freeze –John Sanford
5. The Rules of Magic –Alice Hoffman
6. Uncommon Type –Tom Hanks
7. Seven Days of Us –Francesca Hornak
8. Manhattan Beach –Jennifer Egan
9. Origen –Dan Brown


1. Be Fierce –Gretchen Carlson
2. The Chicago Cubs Story of a Curse –Rich Cohen
3. Edison Verses TeslJoel Martin
4. Endurance  Scott Kelly
5. A Secret Sisterhood Emily Midorikawa
6. Sheet Pan Suppers – Rachel Pelzel
7. Walking with PeetyMark Dagostino
8. We Were Eight years in Power Ta-Nehisi Coates
9. Where the Past Begins Amy Tan


1. The Ship of the Dead –Rick Riordan
2. The Perfect Score –Rob Buyea
3. The War I finally Won –Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
4. Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race –Chris Grabenstein
5. Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package –Kate DiCamilo
6. My life is a Joke –James Patterson


1. Far From the Tree  – Robin Benway
2. All the Crooked Saints –Maggie Stiefvater
3. Turtles all the Way Down – John Green


1. American Horror Story: Season 6 
2. Baby Driver
3. A Ghost Story
4. Girls Trip
5. The Good Catholic
6. Operation Christmas
7. Spider-man the Homecoming
8. War for Planet of the Apes
9. The Wizard of Lies 


1. Beautiful Trauma  – Pink
2. Meaning of Life  – Kelly Clarkson
3. Carry Fire  – Robert Plant
4. Portraits in Fiddles  – Mike Barnett
5. Rock Revolution  – David Garrett
6. When was the Last Time  –Darius Rucker

Strong Heart: What, Why, and How

The heart is THE most important muscle in our body. What exercise or physical activity is necessary and why? How do I safely and effectively strengthen my heart and cardiovascular system for optimal function? Then, let’s explore heart healthy foods and how these foods support our health biometrics.

This program part of a Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Good Health series provided by the Training Staff of the Lake Bluff Park District and Talia Wilkinson, the Wellness Consultant at Heinen’s of Lake Bluff.

Our program will be held on Tuesday October 10th at 10:30am.

Visit our first floor display featuring some books on the related topic of heart health. More titles can be found in our non-fiction collection in the 613’s.

You Staying Young – Michael F. Roizen & Mehmet C. Oz
Most of us believe that once we reach 40 or so, we begin the slow and steady decline of our minds and bodies. But according to Drs. Roizen and Oz, aging isn’t a decline of our systems–the very biological processes that age us are actually designed to help us when we’re younger.

The Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart Plan – Mayo Clinic
Provides up-to-date, clinically proven information that addresses the key causes of heart disease and provides clear, actionable advice in an easy-to-follow format.

The Living Heart in the 21st Century – George Noon
This authoritative guide on common conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system provides essential knowledge and lifesaving tips to help both healthy persons as well as heart patients improve their cardiovascular health.

The End of Heart Disease – Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Joel Fuhrman offers a nutritional plan that addresses the leading cause of death in America: heart disease. An expert in the science of food, Dr. Fuhrman speaks directly to readers who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive surgery, the two standard treatments prescribed today.

Eat Less Salt (American Heart Association)
Knock down that sodium–but not the flavor–to decrease your blood pressure and risks for heart attack and stroke. This toolkit, sodium tracker, and cookbook in one gives you solid health information and 60 low-sodium recipes for favorite comfort foods. With the book’s step-by-step approach, eating less salt has never been more achievable.

The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up – Steven Masley
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of Americans today, and while most doctors focus on lowering cholesterol and blood pressure they are overlooking the real culprit: glucose levels. With today’s overweight population adn dramatic increase in Type II Diabetes, studies now show that sugar, not fat, does most of the heart damage.

Beat the Heart Attack Gene – Bradley Bale & Amy Doneen
A revolutionary, personalized guide to preventing heart disease based on genetic factors. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America. It affects 81 million Americans and is the culprit in one of every two deaths in the United States. Most people think that they are not at risk of a heart attack if they control their cholesterol and blood pressure, but they aren’t aware of other major risk factors.

How Not to Die – Michael Greger M.D.
The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America — heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more — and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.


Local Favorites – October 2, 2017

Our patrons are always looking for a new book to read, something to suggest to a friend, neighbor, or for an upcoming book discussion. The following books are current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store and can also be found on our shelves at the library!

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Emma in the Night – Wendy Walker
One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared. Three years later, Cass returns without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, but to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

A Legacy of Spies – John LeCarre
Peter Guillam is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.

A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Make Your Bed – Admiral William H. McRaven
On May 17, 2014, Admiral McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life.

Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen
A charming, hilarious, irresistible 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.

What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
The former Secretary of State relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for President by a major party, discussing the sexism, criticism, and double standards she had to confront, and how she coped with a devastating loss.

The One in a Million Boy – Monica Wood
After his eleven-year-old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for an aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son has often visited and comes to a resolution about his son’s death as Ona discusses his son’s capacity to listen and learn.

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.


National Read a Book Day


National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.  On August 9th, we all celebrated National Book Lovers Day.  While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.

Don’t keep it to yourself.  Share the experience!  Read aloud either to children or to grandparents.  Read to your pets or to your stuffed animals and plants.

Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress.   Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.  Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too!

Sit back, relax and read a book.  Use #ReadABookDay to post on social media.

If you’re looking for a new book to read, stop by Lake Bluff Library and check out everything we have to offer!


Local Favorites: August 29th

Are you looking for a new book? Interested in what your friends and neighbors might be reading? The following books are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store:

News of the World – Paulette Jiles
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn
Two women, a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

They May Not Mean To, But They Do – Cathleen Schine
The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don’t just grow, they grow old, and the clan’s matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished.

Make Your Bed – Admiral William H. McRaven
On May 17, 2014, Admiral McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life.

Red Notice – Bill Browder
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.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth – Christopher Scotton
Timely and timeless, this is a dramatic and deeply moving novel about an act of violence in a small, Southern town and the repercussions that will forever change a young man’s view of human cruelty and compassion.

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah’s Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

The Last Days of Night – Graham Moore
New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The One-in-A-Million Boy – Monica Wood
The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances.

A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.