We welcome three debut novelists this summer as well as two New York Times bestselling authors to the library.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Your-Perfect-Life-web-picsm.jpgWe start out the summer fun by throwing a book launch party with special guest author Jen Lancaster for Your Perfect Life, a debut novel by authors Liz Fenton and Libertyville resident Lisa Steinke at 7 p.m. June 10 at Aspen Drive Library. Fenton and Steinke, who have been best friends for 25 years, imagine what happens when two best friends wake up after their 20th high school reunion and discover they have switched bodies. Lancaster praises Your Perfect Life for its “delicious, page-turning premise, and sweet and surprising insights”. Lancaster's latest book is The Tao of Martha: My Year of Living, or Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog. The party will include delicious refreshments. Click here to register or call 847-362-2330.

b2ap3_thumbnail_elinhilderbrandsm.jpgLater in June we have lunch with New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, who will talk about her touching new novel, The Matchmaker, at noon June 26 at Aspen Drive Library. The story centers on Nantucket resident Dabney Kimball Beech as she sets out to find love for those closest to her before it’s too late. Nantucket is the backdrop for Hilderbrand's 12 books and where she has called home home for 20 years. An optional lunch from the Picnic Basket can be ordered for $6 and must be paid for by Sunday, June 22, at Cook Park or Aspen Drive Library. Choose from chicken salad; veggie with provolone; turkey with cheddar; or ham with Swiss. Lunches include bottled water, chips, fruit cup, and cookie. We also will raffle two beach bags filled with summer goodies. Click here to register or call 847-362-2330.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_gregiles.jpgNatchez Burning by Greg Iles

Penn Cage, former prosecutor and now mayor of Natchez, Mississippi is drawn into 40-year-old secrets when his beloved physician father is accused of murder.  As Penn fights to clear him, his father refuses to answer questions or defend himself, leaving Penn to wonder how well he really knows his father.

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles is daunting in story, scope and size.  Although it’s the first in a trilogy, I didn’t feel like I was left dangling at the end of the book.  I can’t help thinking that it must really be hard for an author to face up to the violent and racist past of his hometown.   Like so many southern cities, the charm, tradition and antebellum culture have been preserved while the fight for civil rights has continued for decades.

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Connie with our vast book club collection.

Whether you read one book a week, a month or even a year, time is precious and we don’t want to spend it reading a book that we don’t enjoy or that doesn’t qualify as “good” in your … book.

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Can it be true that spring has finally arrived?  It's hard to believe that the month of May is almost over when temperatures for the month have often more closely resembled those of December!


BogartBacallSpeaking of May and December:  May-December romances have been an integral part of the plots of many fine films over the years.  For example, who doesn't love the magnetic pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall?  The chemistry between the pair is obvious in each of the four films they made together.  The couple met and fell in love on the set of the 1944 movie To Have and Have Not, which marked Bacall's film debut.  They married a year later, when Bacall was just 20 and Bogart was 45.  They remained married until Bogart's death from cancer in 1957. 

 

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shotgun lovesongsI was drawn to this book because of its rural Wisconsin setting. I grew up in suburbia, so there’s always been something charming and seductive about small-town life for me.  Given our proximity to Wisconsin, it wasn’t hard to imagine the town of Little Wing, the setting of this marvelous book. Shotgun Lovesongs tells the story of four friends who grew up together in Little Wing but went their separate ways: one to ride the rodeo circuit, one to make his fortune on the Chicago commodities exchange, one to become a rock star. Only one man, Henry, stays home and works his father’s farm with his wife Beth, who is loved in different ways by all four friends. The story begins with a wedding that brings them all back together in Little Wing, and what follows is an exploration of the events that have shaped and sometimes broken their relationships. Although all four men are adults, at some level their friendships have not passed beyond adolescence, and it takes some painful lessons to cause each of them to finally and fully grow up.

This book is a beautiful study of love and friendship, but it’s also a love song to small-town America. Butler, who lives in rural Wisconsin, captures the Midwestern landscape, its sensibility, its poverty, with gentleness and respect. I haven’t lived in a small town, but I can tell you this: you will feel for these characters. As each one tells you their story, your heart will go out to them and not come back for a long time. Shotgun Lovesongs is a story that is moving, warm, and heartfelt.

-- Andrea Larson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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