John McCain (1936-2018)

John McCain was an American politician and naval officer who served as a member of the House of Representatives and ran for President, but lost to Barack Obama in 2008. Throughout his long naval career, he was an aviator during the Vietnam War getting involved in some of the most intense battles that left him with lifelong disabilities. During the 1980s, he served two terms in the House of Representatives and 2 terms as a US Senator representing Arizona.

Among other accomplishments, McCain was known for being vocal about today’s political issues such as health care, the war in Iraq, and the current policies of President Donald Trump.

Here are a small selection of books written by John McCain as well as others that are related. You can find all these titles on our library shelves.

13 Soldiers – John McCain & Mark Salter
An evocative history of Americans at war through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dirty Sexy Politics – Meghan McCain
McCain, one of the Republican party’s most outspoken young members writes about her experiences on the presidential campaign trail with her father, John McCain, how the party has veered so far off track, and why she is still a Republican.

Faith of My Fathers – John McCain & Mark Salter
The powerful story of a war hero. As McCain instructs us: Glory is not an end in itself, but rather a reward for valor and faith. And the greatest freedom and human fulfillment comes from engaging in a noble enterprise larger than oneself.

Game Change – John Heilemann & Mark Halperin
From two of the best political reporters in the country comes the gripping inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election.

The Restless Wave – John McCain
A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain covering everything from 2008 up to the present.

Worth the Fighting For – John McCain & Mark Salter
The story about McCain’s great American journey from the U.S. Navy to his electrifying run for the presidency, interwoven with heartfelt portraits of the mavericks who have inspired him through the years, including Ted Williams, Theodore Roosevelt, and Marlon Brando.



September New Releases


  1. Red War  by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  2. Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
  3. Lies by T.M. Logan
  4. When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
  5. Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
  6. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  7. Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
  8. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  9. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith


  1. Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now by Maggie Taft
  3. The Browns of California by Miriam Pawel
  4. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff
  5. Eliza Hamilton by Tilar Mazzeo
  6. The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb
  7. Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham
  8. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Max King
  9. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon


  1. Adrift
  2. But Not for Me
  3. Hillary: Everest and Beyond
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  5. Madam Secretary: Season Four
  6. The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope and Science
  7. Ocean’s Eight
  8. This is Us: Season Two
  9. Won’t You be My Neighbor?


  1. An American Treasure by Tom Petty
  2. Broadway by Renee Fleming
  3. Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood
  4. Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle
  5. Raise Vibration by Lenny Kravitz
  6. Redemption by Joe Bonamassa


  1. Wildcard by Marie Lu
  2. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  3. People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins


  1. Amulet: Supernova (Book 8) by Kazu Kibuishi
  2. Unbelievably Boring Bart by James Patterson
  3. Someone Else’s Shoes by Ellen Wittlinger
  4. Golden Tower by Holly Black
  5. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
  6. 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling

Local Favorites: Sept. 22nd

As the summer comes to a end and the kids head back to school, you might be looking for a new book to read. Here are this week’s current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store. All of these titles can also be found on our library shelves!

A Piece of the World – Christina Baker Kline
The life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World,” describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.

Ali: A Life – Jonathan Eig
Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali’s closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century.

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.

Educated – Tara Westover
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover’s family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University.

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
Paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Midnight Blue – Simone van der Vlugt
Following the sudden death of her husband, twenty-five-year old 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.

Saints for All Occasions – J. Courtney Sullivan
A sweeping novel about two sisters–one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world–and the secret that drove them apart

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, 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. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of firefliesthe real way of this world.


Book Club – September

(Sept) A Gentleman in Moscow
Summary – In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. 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.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book, here are some other popular titles that are similar. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, and The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen.

Book Club – A Gentleman in Moscow is Carol’s Tuesday afternoon Book Club selection. Book discussion will be held on Tuesday September 18th at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk.

You don’t have to attend book club to check out the book, but it sure does help!


Mermaid Books

Who doesn’t love a good mermaid book! Maybe you remember being young and realizing they weren’t a real thing but something that existed in fiction? For many of us, watching The Little Mermaid was probably our first mermaid experience, but do you remember the first mermaid book you read? Here are some fun mermaid-themed books you can find on the shelves of the library. Some of them are fun, adventurous, and some absolutely vicious!

Aquamarine (J DVD Aquamarine)
Two twelve year old girls are in love with a dilapidated beach club near their home. After a huge storm they check to see how the club held up and discover Aquamarine, a mermaid, in the pool of the club.

Bayou Magic – Jewell Parker Rhodes (JF Rho)
Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.

In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan (Teen Bre)
Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise), teenaged Elliott, a human transported to a fantasy world where he attends a school for warriors and diplomatic advisers, finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possbile.

Mermaids Most Amazing – Narelle Oliver (J 398.2 Oli)
Explores the history and legends of mermaids throughout the ages.

Rise of the Jumbies – Tracey Baptiste (JF Bap Vol. 2)
Suspicion falls on half-jumbie Corinne when local children from her Caribbean island home begin to disappear, and she is forced to go deep into the ocean to seek the help of a dangerous jumbie who rules the waves.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler (Teen Ock)
After a boating accident takes her beautiful singing and speaking voice from her, Elyse d’Abreau, the youngest of six sisters, leaves her home in Tobago to stay in an Oregon seaside town where Christian Kane, a notorious playboy, challenges her to express herself and to overcome her fear of the sea.

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo (Teen Chr)
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. Hearts are power, and with the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. When a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own, the Sea Queen transforms Lira a human as punishment.

The Vicious Deep – Zorvida Cordova (Teen Cor Vol. 1)
After being sucked out to sea in a tidal wave, Tristan Hart returns ashore on Coney Island with no memory of what happened to him–yet he can sense the emotions of others and dreams of a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.


August New Releases


The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

The Washington Decree by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Good luck with that by Kristan Higgins

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Texas Ranger by James Patterson

Vox by Christina Dalcher

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Our house by Louise Candlish

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley


Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Daniel Siegel, MD.

The Best of Royko: The Tribune Years by David Royko

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace  

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crisis Changed the World by Adam Tooze

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

The Gatsby Affair by Kendall Taylor

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

How Schools Work by Arne Duncan

The Husband Hunters by Anne De Courcy



Book Club

Bye Bye Germany

Chicago Fire: Season Six

The Music of Silence


On Chesil Beach

The Tree of Life

The Yellow Birds



Know by Jason Mraz

Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suite by Yoyo Ma

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

Thank you for Today by Death Cab for Cutie

Timeless by IL Divo

Treat Myself by Meghan Trainor

Afternoon Book Club (August)

(August) It's What I Do
Summary – War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth has shaped her life. What she does is to document the complex lives of others. As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book, here are some others you might like as well. Star of the North by D.B John, And Then All Hell Broke Loose by Richard Engel, Hold Still by Sally Mann, Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott, Between the World and Me by Te-Nehisi Coates, and The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junge.

Book Club – It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario is Carol’s book club selection for August. Book discussion will be held on Tuesday August 21st at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. You don’t have to attend Book Club to check out the book (but it sure helps!). We look forward to seeing you soon!