JANUARY 2016 STAFF READING SUGGESTIONS


WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
by Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi is a brilliant young neurosurgeon when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has given the world a great gift in this exquisite, heart-rending memoir. Kalanithi documents his journey from being a doctor helping people cope with devastating illness to being a helpless patient himself. In his beautiful prose, Dr. Kalanithi attempts to answer the time worn question-what is a life well lived? - Laura Skinner





CITY OF THORNS 
by Ben Rawlence

Fans of Behind the Beautiful Forevers will enjoy this heartbreaking look at nine lives in Dadaab Refugee Camp. Author Ben Rawlence gives his firsthand witness account of what life is like in the camp and the political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.
 -Kathy Petray




THE SOUND OF GRAVEL 
by Ruth Wariner

I read this memoir about growing up in a polygamist Mormon doomsday cult in one day. The author is her mother's fourth child and her father's 39th. If you liked The Glass Castle, The Sound of Gravel is for you. -Ann Walters






THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE 
by Melanie Benjamin 
Due 1/26

The surprise in this delightful book is not that Melanie Benjamin paints a complete portrait of Truman Capote, which I expected, but that she brings Babe Paley to life as a lonely and wounded woman. I've read and enjoyed all of Benjamin's biographical novels - The Swans of Fifth Avenue is my favorite. -Ann Walters





EVEN THE DEAD
by Benjamin Black (John Banville)

It is with great pleasure I recommend the new Quirke mystery, Even the Dead, by Benjamin Black (John Banville).  Set in Dublin, this skillfully written psychological story untangles a twisted string of events that ultimately involves the top layers of politics and religion. The Irish pathologist is a complex and compelling character. I highly recommend this book.- Lisa Dietrich



THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND
By Katarina Bivald
(paperback)


A young woman from Sweden breathes new life into a small
Iowa town when she opens a book store. For fans of The Storied
Life of A. J. Fikry. -Maxwell Gregory



AND AGAIN 
by Jessica Chiarella   

An engrossing debut novel by Vernon Hills native, Jessica Chiarella, which explores the intricate relationships between four people 
selected for an experimental, pilot cloning project.  Thought-provoking and  skillfully written in alternating voices. 
- Diana Wettermann









MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON 
by Elizabeth Strout

The author of Olive Kitteridge has crafted a spare yet powerful examination of the relationship between a mother and daughter.
Lucy hasn't seen her mother for years, but she appears at her hospital bedside during an extended illness.
The simple conversations that follow between the two women grant the reader an intimate view into Lucy's life and her heart rending observations on life. -Laura Skinner




THE EXPATRIATES 
by Janice Y.K. Lee


An interesting look at the lives of three American women living
in Hong Kong and a tragedy that draws their lives together. 
-Maxwell Gregory





THE IDEALIST: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet
by Justin Peters

Fascinating story about one of the co-founders of Reddit, the online
news website, with intriguing backround and history of copyright law.
Great discussion material for book clubs too. -Diana Wettermann



THE SONG OF HARGROVE HALL 
by Natasha Solomons 
(paperback)

The perfect book for a cold winter afternoon.
Set both in post-war 1946 and 2001, this new novel by the author of The House at Tyneford, intertwines past and present and examines family, love, forgiveness and the power of music. - Laura Skinner




SHE'S NOT THERE 
by Joy Fielding 
Due 2/23

A vacationing family leaves their two young daughters without a babysitter while having dinner with friends. Every half hour, one parent goes to the room to check the sleeping children only to eventually find that the littlest daughter is no longer in her crib.

Fast forward 15 years to a phone call-a stranger is saying that she might be the missing daughter! Lots of twists and turns which kept me engrossed and speed reading. Quite the page turning book which kept me up way too late. -Ann Patterson


...AND NEW TO PAPERBACK




THE DAYLIGHT MARRIAGE 
by Heidi Pitlor


After a marital spat one morning Lovell's wife Hannah disappears.
Was it her choice, or is there more we don't know ? Part mystery,
part domestic drama, this page turner is told in alternate viewpoint
from both the husband and wife that piece the puzzle together.  
-Maxwell Gregory






THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH 
by Christopher Scotton

A beautifully written coming of age story. Don't miss this Staff favorite!
-Maxwell Gregory


Lake Forest Book Store
Bestsellers of 2015


1) The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
2) The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
3) A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
4) What the Lady Wants by Renee Rosen
5) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
6) Dead Wake by Erik Larson
7) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
8) The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
9) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
10) The Martian by Andy Weir
11) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
12) Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger
13) The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
14) Old Heart by Peter Ferrry
15) The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
16) The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
17) The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
18) Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
19) The Hundred-Year House  by Rebecca Makkai
20) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
21) Being Mortal  by Atul Gwande
22) Our Souls at Night  by Kent Haruf
23) The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
24) The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
25) We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh



Bestsellers for YA (Young Adult) Titles 2015


1) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
2) Paper Towns by John Green
3) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
4) Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
5) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
6) The Maze Runner by James Dashner
7) American Mojo:Lost and Found by Peter D. Kiernan
8) I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda, Caitlin Alifirenka and Liz Welch 
9) The Prey by Tom Isbell 
10) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews




Bestsellers for Children's Titles 2015


1) The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
2) Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
3) Loot by Jude Watson
4) Diary of a Wimpy Kid:Old School by Jeff Kinney
5) Confessions of An Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier by Michelle Cuevas
6) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:The Illustrated Edition by J.K.Rowling
7) Paper Towns by John Green
8) Baby-Sitters Club: Graphix #1 by Ann M. Martin
9) What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
10) Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley



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