December New Releases


  1. The Enemy of My Enemy by W.E.B. Griffin
  2. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  3. Verses for the Dead by Preston & Child
  4. Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
  5. The Boy by Tami Hoag
  6. The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash
  7. A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods
  8. Pandemic by Robin Cook
  9. Milkman by Anna Burns


  1. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  2. The 6 Keys by Jillian Michaels
  3. Are U OK? by Kati Morton
  4. Frommer’s Easyguide 2019 to Disney World, Universal and Orlando by Jason Cochran
  5. The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
  6. The Point of It All by Charles Krauthammer
  7. Punishment without Crime by Alexandra Natapoff
  8. Working for Yourself by Stephen Fishman
  9. World Almanac 2019

DVDs and Blue-ray

  1. Beautifully Broken
  2. Eating You Alive
  3. Collette
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2
  5. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  6. New Wave: Dare to be Different
  7. Operation Finale
  8. Peppermint
  9. Westworld: Season Two


  1. Antonio Vivaldi by Cecilia Bartoli
  2. As Time Goes By by Alfie  Boe
  3. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  4. Springsteen on Broadway by Bruce Springsteen
  5. Ticket to L.A. by Brett Young


  1. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
  2. Bad Guys in Superbad by Aaron Blabey
  3. The Hive Queen by Tui Sutherland

Best Cookbooks of 2018

It’s getting to be that time of year when we’re planning our Thanksgiving and holiday meals. Perhaps we’re looking for a specific recipe or an old favorite or something completely new to impress our friends and family with. Book Riot has compiled a list of the 25 best cookbooks from 2018. Here are some of the books from that list that you can find at the library. For the complete list, visit

Cravings: Hungry for More – Chrissy Teigen
After the extraordinary success of Cravings, Teigen comes back with more of her signature wit and take-no-prisoners flavor bombs. This time the 100 recipes are even simpler and more bang-for-your-buck and it’s perfect for all busy cooks.

Eat a Little Better – Sam Kass
Sam Kass, former chef to the Obama’s and White House food policy advisor, makes it easier to do a little better for your diet every day, through smart ways to think about shopping, setting up your kitchen so the healthy stuff comes to hand most naturally, and through 90 delicious, simple recipes.

Magnolia Table – Joanna Gaines
Gaines collects more than one hundred classic recipes for meals, snacks, desserts, and small plates, including chicken pot pie, asparagus and fontina quiche, overnight French toast, and fried chicken with sticky poppy seed jam.

Now & Again – Julia Turshen
Includes 20 menus and more than 150 recipes for crave-worthy dishes such as meatloaf, enchiladas, roast chicken with sweet potatoes, and double-baked potatoes with horseradish and cheddar.

Ottolenghi the Cookbook – Yolam Ottolenghi
Available for the first time in an American edition and updated with US measurements throughout, this debut cookbook features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.

Rose’s Baking Basics – Rose Levy Beranbaum
Beranbaum shares no-fuss recipes that everyone should know. Each recipe follows a simplified approach for can’t-fail results, from brownies and banana bread to homemade bread and pecan tart. Baking will be more fun than ever!


Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Stan Lee, best known for his creation of numerous Marvel Comics characters and head of Marvel Comics, died today at the age of 95. Most recently, Marvel Comics have brought Mr. Lee’s characters to the movie screen, with such films as Spider-Man, X-Men, Black Panther, and the Incredible Hulk. The superhero film genre has grossed over $2.5 billion in box office revenue.

Stan Lee was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received a National Medal of Arts in 2008. Here are some examples of Stan Lee’s work that you can find in our library.

Amazing Fantastic Incredible – Stan Lee
A graphic memoir about the career of Stan Lee, the American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (DVD)
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp functions as an origin story. Dr. Hank Pym sends Scott Lang on a mission to run down information about Pym’s earliest exploits. Most importantly, Pym wants to know whether his original superhero partner is still alive.

Marvel Avengers: Infinity War (DVD)
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality.

Black Panther (DVD)
King T’Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country.

The Incredible Hulk (DVD)
In a desperate race against time, Hulk’s alter-ego, Bruce Banner, is trying to reverse his curse and return back to his normal self, but his arch-enemies have him on the run.

Thor: Ragnarok (DVD)
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

X-Men Apocalypse (DVD)
After the re-emergence of the world’s first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

Spider-Man: Here Comes Spider-Man – Kitty Fross
Unpopular high school student Peter Parker develops strange powers after he is bitten by a radioactive spider.

Marvel: Five Fabulouse Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics – Les Daniels
A history of Marvel comics, profiling the creative artists, the writers, and the superheroes who have made Marvel the largest comic book publisher

The Zodiac Legacy – Stan Lee
When a catastrophe threatens the lives of every Zodiac in the world, sixteen-year-old Steven Lee is forced to decide how far he will go to protect his fellow superpowered friends.


WWI Centennial

World War I lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. WWI was a global war originating in Europe that was described as the war to end all war. An estimated nine million military members and seven million civilians died as a result of the war. WWI is also considered a contributing factor to the influenza epidemic of 1918, which caused 50-100 million deaths worldwide.

This year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. Visit our first floor display featuring popular books about the war, fictional works that took place during this particular time in history, and war-themed stories.

The American Heritage History of World War I – C.L. Sultzberger
Eyewitness accounts augment a pictorial history of World War II at both the battlefronts and at home

Birds Without Wings – Louis De Bernieres
During the finals days of the Ottoman Empire, the young men of the village are instructed to battle the invading forces during the Great War and destroy the peace.

Conscience – Louisa Thomas
The story of four young men navigating upheaval during the war and discovering what was expected of them as far as morals, education, and faith.

Heroes of the Somme (DVD)
Original archives from the Western Front are used to uncover the stories of seven men who were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s most prized military medal.

The Ends of the Earth – Robert Goddard
In the third installment of the James Maxted thriller series, starring a dashing Royal Flying Corps veteran turned secret service operative, the truth about allegiances has never been less certain. The Treaty of Versailles has finally been signed, officially ending the World War I peace negotiations, and the action shifts east, to Tokyo, where a team assembled at Max’s behest anxiously awaits his arrival on the docks.

The First World War – John Keegan
The definitive account of the Great War and national bestseller from one of our most eminent military historians, John Keegan.

The Greatest Day in History – Nicholas Best
Unlike 1945, the First World War did not end neatly with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. After negotiations, military offensives and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, but only after 11,000 casualties had been sustained.

The Harlem Hellfighters – Max Brooks
A fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment – the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I.

Veiled Warriors – Christine Hallett
Hallett challenges the myths to reveal the true story of allied nursing in the First World War.

We That Are Left – Clare Clark
1910. Jessica and Phyllis Melville have grown up at Ellinghurst, a family estate fraught with secrets. A headstrong beauty, Jessica longs for London while bookish Phyllis dreams in vain of attending university.


November New Releases


  1. Past Tense by Lee Child
  2. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  3. Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson
  4. Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
  5. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
  6. The Kinship of Secrets by  Eugenia Kim
  7. Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg
  8. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  9. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny



  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  2. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Gree, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist
  3. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story behind Degas’s Masterpiece by Camille Laurens and Willard Wood
  4. An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere by Mikita Brottman
  5. Quarterback by John Feinstein
  6. Small Space Style: Because You Don’t Have to Live Large to Live Beautifully by Whitney Leigh
  7. What We Talk about When We Talk about Rape by Sohaila Abdulali
  8. Where We Go from Here by Bernie Sanders
  9. Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb

DVDs and Blue-ray

  1. BlackkKlansman
  2. Crazy Rich Asians
  3. The Crown: Season 2
  4. Destination Wedding
  5. An Interview with God
  6. The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story
  7. Mile 22
  8. Narcos: Season Three 
  9. Poldark: Season Four


  1. Delta by Mumford & Sons
  2. Hymn by Sarah Brightman
  3. Limitless by Piano Guys
  4. Love by Michael Bublé
  5. Origins by Imagine Dragons
  6. Walls by Barbra Streisand


  1. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
  2. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  3. Last Seen by Sara Shepard


  1. Raging Storm by Erin Hunter
  2. Fantastic Beasts-Crimes of Grindelwald by J. K. Rowling
  3. Flashback by Shannon Messenger
  4. No Slam Dunk by Mike Lupica
  5. More than a Princess by ED Baker
  6. Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot by Adam Gidwitz

Local Favorites: October 30th

As the weather turns colder, we start looking for a new book to curl up and stay warm inside with. Perhaps some of these books will even find their way onto your holiday wish lists. The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store.

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.

Cook Like a Pro – Ina Garten
Garten (aka – Barefoot Contessa) has taught millions of people how to cook through her popular Food Network show. Now, she provides the most irresistible and easy recipes that anyone can make!

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.

The Witch Elm – Tana French
Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo.

The Reckoning – John Grisham
Pete Banning was Clanton’s favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell.

The Library Book – Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution–our libraries.

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. Kya Clark is barefoot, wild, and deemed unfit for polite society. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya, but she isn’t always what they say…

Whiskey in a Teacup – Reese Witherspoon
Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano
Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.


Scary Stories for Adults & Kids

Book Riot recently published a list of spooky, scary stories that are good for adults, as well as kids. Here are a few of the titles you can find at the library. You can find the complete list at

Beloved – Toni Morrison
Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz
Stories of ghosts and witches, “jump” stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
The story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers — and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The Tale-Tell Heart – Edgar Allan Poe
A short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It is told by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity, while describing a murder he committed. The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator’s guilt manifests itself in the form of the sound of the old man’s heart still beating under the floorboards.