Ready, Set, Read: Books You Can Check Out on Hoopla Right Now!

Watch the Lake Bluff Library Facebook and Instagram pages for a book talk on these fantastic titles!


Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson (Hoopla eBook & eAudiobook)
(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)

An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole (Hoopla eBook)
(Also available as an eBook through OverDrive)

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt (Hoopla eBook)
(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive)

Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz (Hoopla eBook)
(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)


18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics – Bruce Goldfarb (Hoopla eBook)

Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life – Barbara Kingsolver (Hoopla eBook & eAudiobook)
(Also available as an eBook through OverDrive)

We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union (Hoopla eBook & eAudiobook)(Also available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive)

Brain Droppings – George Carlin (Hoopla eAudiobook)

Reader’s Advisory – Tiger King

If you haven’t heard already, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness has been a widely popular Netflix original television series since its release on March 20, 2020. Tiger King is a true crime documentary about the life and possible crimes of Joe Exotic, who owns hundreds of tigers at his controversial animal preserve in Oklahoma. It’s nearly impossible to convey the outrageousness of this show, but if you’re interested in 100% true stories about con artists, cults, animal trafficking, or crimes so bizarre you can hardly believe they’re real, take a look at the titles below. All of these titles can be accessed through our Digital Resources, and all of them will have you shaking your head, saying, “I can’t believe this actually happened!”

Blackfish (documentary) (Available through Hoopla)
“Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who, unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.” (From Hoopla description)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – John Carreyrou
(Available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)
“Recounts the story behind Theranos, the medical equipment company that misled investors to believe they developed a revolutionary blood testing machine, detailing how its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, perpetuated the lie to bolster the value of the company by billions.” (From NoveList)

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse
(Available as an eBook through OverDrive & an eAudiobook through OverDrive & Hoopla)
“The Washington Post reporter and author of Girl in the Blue Coat documents the trial of a man who was charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia county, sharing insight into the perpetrator’s struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend and the impact of the fires on their community.” (From NoveList)

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape – Jenna Miscavige Hill
(Available as an eBook through OverDrive & an eAudiobook through OverDrive & Hoopla)
“The niece of the Church of Scientology’s commander-in-chief reveals the strange and disturbing details of her childhood, piercing the veil of secrecy that has shrouded this religion and exposing the inner workings of Scientology’s celebrity culture.” (From NoveList)

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century – Kirk Wallace Johnson
(Available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)
“The astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author’s years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.” (From NoveList)

Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking – Rachel Love Nuwer
(Available as an eAudiobook through Hoopla)
“Our insatiable demand for animals-for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur-is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Nuwer-an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology-takes listeners on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to ten countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions. (Description from Hoopla)

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress – Rachel DeLoache Williams
(Available as an eBook through OverDrive)
“Tells the true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000.” (From NoveList)

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest For Earth’s Ultimate Trophy – Paige Williams
(Available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive)
“Analyzes the perilous world of the international fossil trade through the story of one man’s devastating effort to sell a Gobi Desert dinosaur skeleton from a nation that forbids natural-history trafficking.” (From NoveList)


Local Favorites: March 16th

The following titles are current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found on the shelves of our library. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask one of our staff members and we’re happy to consider your recommendation for our library collection.

American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins
Lydia runs a bookstore. Along with her husband and their son, there are cracks showing in Acapulco becuase of the drug cartels. Her life is comfortable until Javier comes into her bookstore with two of her favorite books. While Javier is charming, he is also the head of the newest drug cartel that has taken over the city.

My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing
A simple love story of two people who met, fell in love, had children, and moved to the suburbs. They shared dreams and secrets. They look like a normal couple, your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you make dinner plans with. Theirs just happens to be getting away with murder.

Open Book – Jessica Simpson
Pop star and actress Simpson examines her life. First celebrated with her voice, she became famous for music, fashion, her relationship struggles, and as a walking blonde joke. Here she shares the wisdom and life lessons she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy
A modern, illustrated fable for readers of all ages that explores life’s universal lessons from beloved British illustrator Mackesy.

The Lucky One – Lori Raider-Day
As a child, Alice was stolen from her tiny Indiana backyard, but her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours. In the aftermath of the crime, the family moved to Chicago and closed the door on that horrible day. But Alice hasn’t forgotten…

The Other Mrs. – Mary Kubica
Sadie and Will have just moved their family from Chicago to small-town Maine when they’re neighbor is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their small coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie. As suspicions turn towards the new family, Sadie is drawn deeper into what really happened that dark and deadly night.

The River – Peter Heller
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since college orientation and share a love of the mountains, books, and hiking. When they decide to canoe through northern Canada, they look forward to leisurely paddling, picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing until a wildfire makes its way through the forest along forcing unexpected panic to their journey.

The Splendid and the Vile – Erik Larson
On Churchill’s first day at Prime Minister, Hitler has invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia have fallen. And for the next year, Hitler will kill 45,000 Britons. It’s up to Churchill to hold the country together and convince President Roosevelt that Britain is a worthwhile ally and can fight to the end.

The Yellow House – Sarah M. Broom
The story of a mother’s struggle against a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull the home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.

Willa’s Grove – Laura Munson
Willa Silvester is a recent widow struggling to find her way. She invites three friends to her Montana home where they learn from nature and one another as they figure out their futures.

Young Adult LGBT Picks

Earlier this week, we shared a selection of adult books that touch on LGBT awareness. Here are some books you can find in our library for young adults that tell stories of teens and young adults that struggle with identity and the fearing the reactions of your friends and family.

Anger is a Gift – Mark Oshiro
Six years ago, Moss’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. The media attention and lack of accountability left Moss with severe panic attacks. Now, a sophomore in high school, Moss and his friends find themselves treated like criminals in their own school. Despite their age, they decide to fight the administration. When tensions rise, Moss must decide whether to give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Full Disclosure – Camryn Garrett
Simone, seventeen, HIV-positive and in love for the first time, decides that facing potential bullies head-on may be better than protecting her secret.

I Wish You All the Best – Mason Deaver
After coming out as non-binary, Ben must leave home and goes to live with a sister and her husband to finish the last year of high school.

Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera
Juliet is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and doesn’t know if her mother will ever speak to her again. But Juliet’s plan is going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing by interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane. Harlowe is the ultimate authority on feminism and women’s issues.

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them – Junauda Petrus
Audre and Mabel are both sixteen year old young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.

We Are Okay – Nina LaCour
After leaving her life behind to study in New York, Marin must face the truth about what happened during the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

We Are the Ants – Shaun Davis Hutchinson
Abducted by aliens as a young boy, Henry Denton is informed by his captors that they will save the world in 144 days unless he stops deciding that humanity is worth saving.

When the Moon Was Ours – Anna Marie McLemore
To everyone, Miel and Sam are best friends and as strange as they are inseparable. But as odd as everyone knows there, even Miel and Sam keep their distance from the Bonner girls – four beautiful girls rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced the scent will make anyone fall in love, and they’ll do anything they can to get what they want.

Immigration Must-Reads

Immigration is a subject that is essential for readers to seek out stories, especially ones written by authors who have experienced it firsthand. Here are a selection of well-written books you can find in our library about immigration for ages 12 and under.

A Different Pond – Bao Phi
As a boy, Phi woke up hours before his father’s work day to fish in a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike others, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between casts, Bao’s father told him stories of a different pond in the native Vietnam.

Apple Pie 4th of July – Janet S. Wong
A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

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

I Lived on Butterfly Hill – Marjorie Agosín
When the country of Chile is taken over by a militaristic government, Celeste is sent to American for safety and her parents go into hiding before they “disappear”.

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote – Duncan Tonatiur
When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote.

Pie in the Sky – Remy Lai
When Jingwen moves to a new country he feels totally out of place. School is torture, making friends is hard because he doesn’t speak Englihs, and he often has to look after his little brother Yanghao. Jingwen dreams of someday making all the cakes on the menu at Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father was going to open until he suddenly died. Jingwen’s mother only has one rule: the boys cannot use the oven while she’s at work.

Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini
A story in the form of a letter from a father to his son on the eve of their journey. While watching his son, the father reflects on the sea-crossing that lies before them. It’s also a vivid portrait of their life in Syria before the war and before their home turned into a deadly war zone.

Shooting Kabul – N.H. Senzai
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is a Irish cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th. It commemorates the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during public festivals and the wearing of green clothing and shamrocks. St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Here are some books you can find in our library, mostly for children, that explain St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish traditions.

How to Catch a Leprechaun – Adam Wallace
A rhyming tale of St. Patrick’s Day approaching and a leprechaun causing mischief while avoiding being caught in a trap.

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase – James Dean
When Pete the Cat opens a leprechaun catching business on St. Patrick’s Day, his efforts are complicated by Clover, a leprechaun who’s full of tricks.

Real Irish Food – David Bowers
People in Ireland are sometimes mortified by what Americans think of as “Irish food.” That’s because the real thing is much subtler and more delicious than any platter of overcooked corned beef and mushy cabbage could ever be.

Steps in Time – Kathleen Flanagan
A detailed history of Irish dance in the Irish diaspora, Flanagan gives a fascinating account of the art form in Chicago, the city that is currently one of the global centers for Irish dance practice.

The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever – Teddy Slater
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is ready to start. The Leprechauns are marching with lots of heart. If you follow along, you’ll find laughter and fun – and the luck of the Irish – before the day is done!

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day – Natasha Wing
In this poem based on “The Night Before Christmas,” Tim and Maureen go to great lengths to set a trap, hoping to catch a real leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day and take his pot of gold.

Adult LGBT Picks

Literary website, Book Riot, has compiled a list of the top 40 LGBT books. Many of these books touch on a wide variety of related subjects, such as different races, religions, sexualities, genders, ages, abilities, classes, and nationalities. Here are some of the recommended adult books that you can find in our library.

America is Not the Heart – Elaine Castillo
How many lives fit in a lifetime? When Hero De Vera arrives in America–haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents–she’s already on her third.

Black Leopard Red Wolf – Marlon James
Tracker is known far and wide for his hunting skills. Determined to track down a boy who has been missing for three years, Tracker breaks his own rule when he joins a group that comes together to search for the boy.

Cantoras – Carolina De Robertis
Uruguay: 1977. A military government has crushed with ruthless force. Where citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. Despite societal realities, Romina, Flaca, Anita, “La Venus”, Paz, and Malena are five women who find each other and discover Cabo Polonio, an isolated cap with only a lighthouse keeper and some seal hunters, and claim it as their sanctuary.

In the Dream House – Carmen Maria Machado
An engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born–a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam–and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.

Patsy – Nicole Dennis-Bein
A Jamaican woman leaves her daughter behind to immigrate to New York, where the happier life she expected is difficult to find as an undocumented worker.

Real Life – Brandon Taylor
Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he’s working on a biochem degree. As a means of self-preservation, he has kept a distance from his own circle of friends. But when a series of confrontations fracture his defenses, they reveal hidden resentment that could threaten their community.

The Deep – Rivers Solomon
Yetu holds the memories for her people who live idyllic lives in the past. Their past is too traumatic to be remembered and has been largely forgotten by everyone except Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone and the memories are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

When They Call You a Terrorist – Patrisse Khan-Cullors
A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement’s position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement’s activists while calling for essential political changes.