Friday, September 19, 2014

The Man Booker Shortlist for Fiction!

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The Man Booker Shortlist for Fiction was announced on September 9th. The list trims the thirteen novels on the longlist down to the six selected to compete for the title of winner. Two American writers made the list, along with one Australian and three British writers. A.C. Grayling, chair of this year's judges, comments on the new eligibility rules: "As the Man Booker Prize expands its borders, these six exceptional books take the reader on journeys around the world, between the UK, New York, Thailand, Italy, Calcutta and times past, present and future." (Find out more at:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris
After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, Paul O'Rourke, a man with a troubled past, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and was loved by Rosemary as a sister.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
"A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man--an Australian surgeon--from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present"-- Provided by the publisher.

The Lives of Others - Neel Mukherjee
"An epic saga telling the story of a Bengali family in Calcutta -- exploring a family that is decaying as the society around it fractures, and one young man who tries to re-imagine his place in the world." (Random House UK)

J - Howard Jacobson
"J is set in a future world still trying to recover from a historical catastrophe that it only half acknowledges and does not officially remember (this outbreak of mass violence, presumably a second Holocaust, is shrouded in obfuscation and is always referred to as "what happened, if it happened"). But that world is only a step away from our own." (John Burnside in The Guardian)

How to Be Both - Ali Smith
"The book has two interconnected stories. There is a teenage girl called George whose mother has just died and who is left struggling to make sense of her death with her younger brother and her emotionally disconnected father. And then there is an Italian renaissance artist, Francesco del Cossa, a real-life figure responsible for a series of striking frescoes in the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara, Italy. Depending on which copy you pick up at random, you will either be presented with George's story first or with Francesco's. The two narratives twist around each other like complicated vines." (Elizabeth Day in The Observer

The last three entries will be available in U.S. editions over the next few months.The winner will be announced in London on October 14th.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

YA School Daze

High school drama? Here are some school dramas that will keep you on the edge of your comfy chair!

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

The New Rules of High School by Blake Nelson. Seventeen-year-old Max Caldwell has been the perfect high school student--on the honor roll, captain of the debate team, and soon-to-be editor of the school newspaper--but during his senior year, he begins questioning his approach to life and things start to change.

Nineteen Minutes by Jody Picoult. Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes--or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show--destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel

Our fall Glenviewings film series is now in full swing and we have a great selection of movies lined up for you this season. Please join us this Friday at 2:00  & 6:30 for The Grand Budapest Hotel and follow the escapades of legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusty "lobby boy." Written and directed by Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox) and staring a renowned cast of characters. Watch the trailer here: 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School - What's a mom to do?

So the kids are back to school, what a great summer we had. I might have some time now for a little bit of leisure. One of my guiltiest pleasures is watching a movie in the middle of a weekday.  I have other things to do but sometimes you just have to take a break and enjoy the now. Here is a list, in no particular order, of movies/tv perfect for an afternoon or morning indulgence. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago - 2014

The Glenview Public Library will again be hosting the Lyric Opera of Chicago lectures.  All lectures will be given by a Lyric docent and will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room from 7:00-8:30.

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Wednesday, September 17
First performed in Prague (now in the Czech Republic) in 1787.  A brilliant and charming opera featuring Don Juan, the lover and rapist, who slept with 2, 065 women.  The opera begins with a murder and attempted rape.

This is a new production at the Lyric.  Featured singers are Mariusz Kwiecian as Don Giovanni, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira, Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, Andriana Chuchman as Zerlina, Antonio Poli as don Ottavio, Michael Sumuel as Masetto and Andrea silvestrelli as the Commendatore.

Capriccio by Richard Strauss - Thursday, October 2

The opera had its premier performance at the Nationaltheaterr Munchen on October 28, 1942.  It received its American Premiere at the Santa Fe Opera in 1958.  This is the final opera by Strauss and is subtitled "A Conversation Piece for Music".  The Countess has to choose between the poet (the theater director), who wants to give the audience a good show) or the Count (musician) what wants an affair with the actress.
Featured singers at the Lyric are Renee Fleming as the Countess, Anne Sofie von Otter as Clairon, Bo Skovhus as the Count, Wukkuan Burden as Flamand, Audun Iversen as Olivier and Peter rose as Laa Roche.

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi - Thursday, October 16

The opera was first performed in Rome, Italy in 1853.  The story includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves.

Featured singers at the Lyric are Yonghood Lee as Manrico, Amber Wagner as Leonora, Stephanie Blythe as Azucena, Quinn Kelsey as Count di Luna and Andrea Silvestrelli as Ferrando. 

Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin - Thursday, November 6

The opera was first performed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1936.  It is heavily infused with jazz and other U.S. musician influences.

Featured singers at the Lyric as Eric Owens as Porgy, Adina Aaron as Bess, Jermaine Smith as Sportin' Life, Eric Greene as Crown, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi as Clara, Karen Slack as Serena, Norman Garrett as Jake and Gwendolyn Brown as Maria.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Forthcoming Fiction in September

Here are some titles coming out in September. You can reserve them by searching our Online Catalog, or give us a call at 847-729-7500.

The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Alder-Olsen
The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
The Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett
Raging Heat by Richard Castle
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Night of the White Buffalo by Margaret Coel
A Dancer in the Dust by Thomas H. Cook
The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler
Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd
Perfidia by James Ellroy
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
Fighting Chance: A Gregor Demarkian Novel by Jane Haddam
The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah
Haunted by Kay Hooper
The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen
Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel by Jan Karon
Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman
The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
The River by Beverly Lewis
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Rose Gold: an Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley
Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
Burn by James Patterson
Blood on the Water: a William Monk Novel by Anne Perry
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
The Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Relax This Weekend With Labor Day Fiction

As I wrote in my blog a year ago about this time, Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed the first Monday in September and I compiled a list of appropriate titles. You can celebrate this Labor Day weekend with additional titles about Labor Day itself, labor disputes, the labor movement, and labor unions.
So, kick back, relax, and try one of the following:

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Joad family, Okie farmers forced from their dustbowl home during the Depression, try to find work as migrant fruitpickers in California.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Relates a story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy--and the man he later becomes--looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.

Welcome to Higby by Mark Dunn
Follows the lives of the residents of Higby, Mississippi, over the Labor Day weekend of 1993.

Sense of Entitlement by Anna Loan-Wilsey
When her job takes her to Newport, Rhode Island, traveling secretary and sleuth Hattie Davish finds herself in the middle of a labor dispute that results in murder, forcing her to search for a killer amongst the town's gentry.

Over and Under by Todd Tucker
Unaware of a labor strife that is affecting both of their fathers, a pair of fourteen-year-old boys enjoy the innocence of a youthful summer in 1979 rural Indiana before local violence changes their world and tests their friendship.

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
When Honora and Sexton Beecher are rendered penniless by the crash of the stock market, Sexton is forced to work in a nearby mill that is plagued by violence, and as they try to reconstruct their lives, they are confronted by passions of every kind.

Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett
After eleven union men are found dead in a trolley car in 1919, a man named Hayes must discover the truth behind the murders--and behind the McNaughton Corporation and the Evesden, the company town it built--before he meets a grim end.

Island Walkers by John Bemrose
Living among the other mill workers in the Island, a working-class Ottawa neighborhood, the Walker family faces new challenges as the threat of a mill closure looms.

Mary Barton is the daughter of a good and upright trade unionist, John Barton. She attracts two men, Jem Wilson, a fellow worker, and Henry Carson, son of her father's employer. When the union men decide upon murder John Barton is the chosen assassin of Henry Carson. Suspicion falls, however, on Jem, and Mary is torn between her lover and her father.

Absolute Rage by Robert Tanenbaum
The murders of an ambitious Teamster and members of his family lands Chief Assistant D.A. Butch Karp on one of his most challenging cases--one that will threaten his own family with violence as he probes into big-city labor corruption.

Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina
In the Battle of Blair Mountain, West Viriginia, in the early 20th century, coal miners fight for unionization under the leadership of Rondal Lloyd and Carrie Bishop, a nurse who helps him before and after her husband's death.

Enjoy your laborlessness, reading style!