Friday, December 30, 2011

Six Favorites from 2011

As the 2011 publication year draws to a close, I thought I'd use this opportunity to champion a few titles from the past year that I particularly enjoyed.

I was extremely impressed with this book by Gabrielle Hamilton, the owner/chef of Prune, a critically-acclaimed restaurant in NYC. Hamilton has written an exceedingly honest, heartfelt memoir about growing up too fast and too alone, about her circuitous path through higher education, about her hard work learning, observing, and surviving in restaurant kitchens. She writes of the grueling life of a restaurant chef and the seemingly impossible job of running a restaurant, raising a family and trying to sustain a marriage. The writing is excellent.

The audio version of this book is wonderfully read by the author. It feels right for memoir writers to read their own stories. The listener has the opportunity for an even more intimate “reading” experience with the added quality of the author's voice.

The Call  by Yannick Murphy

A large animal veterinarian narrates this unique novel set in rural Vermont. The structure of this story takes the form of a vet's call log. The logged calls provide the format and forward movement for the book, but the "log" is much more than a look at veterinarian's routine day. Through the log the narrator reveals his innermost thoughts and keen observations, which become particularly affecting when a hunting accident leaves the vet's twelve-year-old son in a coma. Joy, stress, anger, worry, and love of family are at the heart of this original novel.

The Buddha in the Attic  by Julie Otsuka

Using spare, poetic prose, Otsuka chooses to tell this beautifully written immigrant story in the first person plural, which gives this novel a very unusual voice. The story begins on a ship in the early 20th century as Japanese mail-order brides make their way from their homeland to America. They carry photos of handsome men and the hopes of a better life. On arrival, they discover men who look nothing like their pictures and confront the reality that their lives will, in most cases, be filled with backbreaking labor and hardship. The story follows these women’s lives until their removal to relocation centers just prior to WWII. Amazingly, this story is told in just 129 pages. After finishing this book, I immediately picked up Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine (2002), another poignant story about the experience of Japanese-Americans--this novel focusing on their internment during World War II.

Sister  by Rosamund Lupton

Twenty-one-year-old Tess is found dead in an abandoned park building, her death officially pronounced a suicide. Beatrice, Tess's older sister, doesn't buy the suicide verdict. Her knowledge of her sister runs so deep that Beatrice is absolutely certain her sister was murdered. Guilt and love push Beatrice to try and uncover her sister's killer.

Beatrice tells this story as one long letter...a love letter, her sister, which reveals the series of events that led to Tess's death. This suspenseful, fast-paced, psychological thriller has a big surprise ending.

Domestic Violets  by Matthew Norman

A witty, fast-paced, humorous, yet thoughtful debut novel. Thirty-five-year-old Tom Violet feels stuck in his copywriter job with a corporation that seems to have no real purpose in the world. He really wants to be a novelist, but that's a particularly tough road for him to follow--his famous father has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The passion seems to have disappeared from his marriage, which worries Tom, as does the fact that he's far too distracted by the twenty-three-year-old copywriter who works with him. How Tom handles these mid-life crises is both funny and touching.

This book reminded me of Richard Russo's writing as I was reading it. Interestingly, in the back matter of "Domestic Violets", the author reveals that one of his influences was Russo's "Straight Man"--one of my all-time favorite novels.

Vaclav & Lena  by Haley Tanner

Vaclav and Lena meet as five-year-olds in an English as a Second Language class. Both are children of Russian immigrant families living in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood. The two quickly become fast friends, their daily lives intertwined. The outgoing Vaclav is intent on becoming a famous magician, with shy Lena as his beautiful assistant. By the time the two children are ten, however, Lena’s unacceptable home situation forces Vaclav's mother to intervene…and Lena disappears from young Vaclav’s life. No magic can make her reappear. Vaclav is devastated, but he never forgets about Lena, nor she about him. On Lena’s seventeenth birthday, she vows to find Vaclav and the many missing parts of her life. Heartbreaking at times, this moving adult novel about love and loss may also find a strong audience among high schoolers.

This is a debut novel for Haley Tanner, whose own personal story is also heartbreaking and touching.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Broadway Lights in Chicago

Want to warm up this winter and think spring? Listen to a musical and forget all your troubles! You can soon find materials on these musicals on display at the library.

Bank of America Theatre, Chicago
Come Fly Away - January 10-22
* Jersey Boys - April 5-June 2

Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
* South Pacific - February 14-26
Bring It On: The Musical - March 6-25

Drury Lane, Oakbrook
* Sound of Music - October 20-January 8
* Gypsy - January 19-March 25

Light Opera Works, Evanston
* Camelot - June 1-10

Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire
* Legally Blonde: The Musical - January 18-April 1
* The Pirates of Penzance - April 4-June 10
Hero: A New musical - June 20-August 19

Oriental Theatre, Chicago
* In the Heights - January 10-16
* Mamma Mia - January 24-29
* American Idiot - February 7-19
* Fela! - March 27-April 8

Friday, December 23, 2011

Classic Christmas Stories

Nothing conveys the holidays quite like a classic Christmas story and the best story experiences come from a book + our own creative imagination. It wouldn't be Christmas without a reading of A Christmas Carol. Here are some classic stories to keep you in the holiday spirit:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Three ghosts take Ebeneezer Scrooge to Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to change his ways in this all-time favorite story of repentance.

This is one of the greatest works by O. Henry and the best Christmas romance ever written. It shows how we sacrifice for the ones we love.

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
This is a sad tear jerker about a poor little girl who gets to have the Christmas of her dreams.

A classic tale about showing love on Christmas as a boy surprises his father on Christmas morning by getting up early and milking the cows on their farm.

Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke
The classic tale of the fourth wise man, Artaben, who did not arrive in Bethlehem in time to present his gifts to the Saviour and spent his life searching for the Christ.

The Three Trees by Author Unknown
Three trees that dream of greatness are surprised by the way their dreams come true.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This newer classic tells a story about a boy learning the importance of belief.

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
The original story about Santa Claus.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Who could forget the following classic line, "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

The Nativity Story (Luke 2:1-20)
This is the most classic story of Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christian Fiction: Christmastime Stories

Here are some funny, inspiring or thought-provoking books to read for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations.

Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon
Having pursued scholarly matters all of his life, Father Tim Kavanagh discovers the joys of working with his hands when he discovers a worn-out nativity scene and begins to restore it. This is number eight in the popular Mitford year’s series.

The Memory Quilt by T.D. Jakes
Life doesn't always unfold in a perfect way, even for God-loving, churchgoing people like Lela. It is winter in Chicago, and as the days of the season progress, Lela participates in a Bible study group that focuses on the Virgin Mary, and receives messages and guidance.

Christmas in Harmony by Philip Gulley
Quaker minister Sam Gardner copes with the eccentrics of his congregation while attempting to counter church elder Dale Hinshaw's plans for a "progressive" nativity scene on Christmas Eve.

A Plain and Fancy Christmas by Cynthia Keller
Raised in a close knit Amish community, Rachel returns to her parent’s home to raise her young daughter Katie after the death of her husband. Ellie has a high powered public relations job in New York City and has no time for her friends, family or her boyfriend. These two very different women receive shocking news that will change their lives forever; thirty years ago they were accidentally switched in the hospital. With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it takes the love of both families for Rachel and Ellie to discover their own paths to fulfillment and happiness.

Dearest Dorothy, Merry Everything by Charlene Ann Baumbich
Through four Dearest Dorothy novels, Charlene Ann Baumbich has beguiled a growing legion of readers with the humorous and endearing denizens of Partonville, Illinois. Her latest heartwarming addition opens with everyone pitching in to help a local family rocked by tragedy. Meanwhile, Katie Durbin worries that her ambitious plan to revitalize Partonville's shopping district will crumble under the bullheaded doubts of a few townies-unless a Christmas miracle (and a few of Dearest Dorothy's prayers) can help her to win those stubborn folks over.

Hannah’s Hope by Karen Kingsbury
Because her father is the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, 15-year-old Hannah has been left in the care of her grandmother while she attends a Washington, DC, prep school. Hannah wants nothing more than to have her parents’ home for Christmas, but her world turns upside down when she uncovers that her father is not her biological father. Hannah's search for her father leads her to air force pilot Mike Conner, who has just accepted a dangerous mission in Iraq.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Snowed In

We’ve all noticed how lucky we’ve been with the weather here in usually-snowy Glenview. I for one wouldn’t mind if I didn’t see a snowflake all winter! But in case you’re really missing the white stuff, here are some books that take place during winter snows and even blizzards. So stay warm and comfy at home while you read about others braving the winter elements.

Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
A tale based on a deadly 1984 North Dakota blizzard follows the experiences of a small rural community devoted to its high-school athletics and its citizens' minor scandals, until a dangerous storm impacts the town in unsettling and powerful ways.

Tempting Evil by Allison Brennan
Struggling to recover from the loss of her husband and child, Joanna Sutton seeks refuge at her family's secluded Montana lodge, until she is called in to join the search for a local Boy Scout troop, stranded in the wilderness by a blizzard, a rescue mission that brings her face to face with local sheriff Tyler McBride and a cunning killer.

Midnight Champagne by A. Manette Ansay
When the Great Lakes Chapel and Hideaway Lodge had a cancellation on Valentine's Day, April and Caleb decided to have a big wedding after all. Formerly a house of ill repute, the tacky lodge is a magnet for trouble, and sure enough the record-breaking blizzard that whips up as the guests arrive creates an aura of impending disaster.

Heaven’s Fury by Stephen Frey
Preparing for a dangerous snowstorm in rural Wisconsin, sheriff Paul Summers finds his efforts hampered by the arrival of a mysterious group of criminals, a suspicious disappearance, rumors of cult activity, and the murder of a former lover.

Chill Factor by Sandra Brown
When a serial killer who leaves a blue ribbon at the site of his victims' last sightings appears in the peaceful town of Cleary, North Carolina, police chief Dutch Burton finds the case complicated by his ex-wife's disappearance during a blizzard.

A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor
A wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt, arriving just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard.

Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta
In the midst of a blinding snowstorm that shuts down Tokyo’s main airport, 13 stranded tourists pass the hours by spinning stories that reflect their diverse and colorful backgrounds.

Aunt Dimity, Snowbound by Nancy Atherton
After being caught in a blizzard, Lori Shepherd takes refuge in Ladythorne Abbey, the former home of the late Lucasta DeClerke, where she uncovers a plot to steal a priceless DeClerke family heirloom.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Read One of the Best!

Sometimes it can be difficult to see beyond the craziness of the holidays, but January will be here soon, and it is the perfect month to hibernate with a good book. When you have a spare moment, take a look at these links to the Best Books of 2011 and make your reading list with the hope that you will actually have time in January to read one of the best.

Top Picks from The Chicago Tribune - A manageable list put together by our hometown newspaper.

The 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times - If you are overwhelmed by lengthy lists, this one is edited to a short list of 10.

Bookpage Best Books of 2011 - 50 of the best according to Bookpage that includes fiction and non-fiction selections.

Publisher's Weekly Best of 2011 - 100 of the best for adults and children, selected by the review staff of the magazine of the book industry.

Christmas Book Bag: My top ten books for 2011 - Chicago local Al Gini from WBEZ chooses his 10 favorites of 2011.

Goodreads Choice Awards - 638,603 ballots were cast by the voracious readers and followers of the goodreads blog to select the best fiction and non-fiction of 2011.

And, if you would like to see even more of the best books you can take a look at this extensive list at the

Friday, December 9, 2011

Romantic Christmas Stories

Not quite in the mood for the holidays yet? Too much running around? Want to read to relax - but don't have a lot of time? Want a feel good story? Try reading some romantic short stories!
A Harlequin Christmas Carol has three intertwined stories by Betina Krahn, Jacquie D'Alessandro and Hope Tarr  - Three apprentice angels are trying to get their wings, but they must find true love for their charges.

The Heart of Christmas has three historical stories by award winning Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick, and newcomer Courtney Milan.

Under the Mistletoe contains two contemporary novellas by Linda Howard and Stephanie Bond. These tales bring together the joy of Christmas and the wonder of love.

And there are many more Christmas story collections in the Romance section - just check after the Z's. Or ask the librarian at the desk.

Sappy? Maybe. But take a some time for yourself during this busy season. Have a little romance, go to bed with a bit more Christmas cheer, and dream big!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Forthcoming fiction for January

Here are some titles coming out this January. You can reserve these by going to our Online Catalog, Bibliocommons or by calling the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7600!

A Charitable Body by Robert Barnard
The Rope: an Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr
Power Play by Ben Bova
Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
Gideon’s Corpse by Lincoln Child
Death of Kinds by Bernard Cornwell
Taken by Robert Crais
The Evil That Men Do by Jeanne M. Dams
Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Need You Now by James Grippando
Home Front by Kristin Hannah
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert
A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins
Gun Games by Faye Kellerman
Copper Beach: a Dark Legacy novel by Jayne Ann Krentz
Raylan by Elmore Leonard
The Hunter by John Lescroart
How It All Began by Penelope Lively
Deadline by Fern Michaels
All I Did Was Shoot My Man: a Leonid McGill Mystery
by Walter Mosley
The Odds by Stuart O’Nan
Breakdown by Sara Paretsky
The Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker
Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
The Confession by Charles Todd
The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Programs Shine for Teens!

We have 3 exciting programs scheduled for December to fit every teen need!

December 2nd is the next Teen Game Night event. Each month, two giant screens and large Boomchairs are available in the Community Room for ages 13-18 to have fun gaming. The Library owns Nintendo Wii, XBOX360, and Playstation 3 along with a variety of different games, or teens may bring in their own games to share. Pizza and pop are available each time for all who participate. Since the new Library has opened in October 2010, we have averaged 15 teens at each gaming event. A true success!

December 17th we will host a Card Stamping program. For those that like to scrapbook, this is a perfect way to get creative and make fun holiday cards to send to friends and family. Our staff expert, Monique Flasch, will be on hand to show teens different stamping techniques and various ways to showcase talent with card stamping. All materials will be provided.

Only two short days later we will have our annual Cookies in a Jar program! December 19th teens will be able to make two cookies in a jar---oatmeal and MandM---to bring home to use either as a gift, or for themselves. Instruction tags as well as all ingredients and embellishments will be provided. This has become very popular over the past two years and will hopefully follow the trend this year as well! Pick a holiday-inspired jar topper and ribbon to finish off the look.

Registration is now in progress! Don't miss out on the fun, register today! Go to the Glenview Public Library's web site at and click on Calendar and Events, or call 847-729-7500 and ask for the Reader Services Desk. A staff person would be happy to assist you. Register for yourself, or for a group!

Any questions please contact Nicole M. Mills, Young Adult Librarian, at 847-729-7500 x2613 or email

Monday, November 28, 2011

Welcome to the Audio Visual Room

 …or as we lovingly call it, the AV Room.  It is the first room to the left when you enter the main Library, and is sometimes mistaken for a bank because of the signage right above the desk.  If you are looking for music, movies, audio books, and AV holds, this is the place!

There are over 12,000 CDs in our music collection, ranging from Blues to Classical, from Country to Rap/ Hip-Hop. The CDs are shelved according to the Call Number, either by genre or Dewey Decimal system, and within each of that they are arranged in alphabetical order by artist.  You may check out up to 10 CDs for 3 weeks.

As for movies, there are over 6,000 DVDs - feature films (arranged in alphabetical order by title) and documentaries (arranged by the Dewey Decimal System). Feature films have a loan period of 7 days for $1.00. This collection includes foreign language films, TV series, BBC films, black and white films, and even a few silent movies. Documentaries circulate for 21 days and are free of charge.  If you have a VCR player, there are still videotapes available.   

Audio Books, of which there are over 4,000 items, are available on CD, cassette, and Playaway formats. Playaways are preloaded cassette players that only require you to supply your own headset and one AAA battery. All of these materials can be checked out for 21 days, free of charge.

When a hold on one of the above mentioned materials becomes available for you, this is where you will find it, shelved under your last name.

And last but not least, the AV room has it’s very own check out counter, right across from the desk.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Download some Holiday Cheer!

Maybe you are hoping to unwrap an e-reader this holiday season, give one with some titles already loaded, or maybe you already have one and want to curl up with a good holiday title. Here are a few to consider in no particular order. Happy Holidays! (You will need your Glenview Public Library card number to check these ebooks out)

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
A hilarious account of fifth grader Felix Funicello in the months leading up to Christmas 1964. Set in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut.

Christmas in Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber
It's Christmas in Cedar Cove, setting for some of the most beloved stories by "New York Times"-bestselling author Macomber. This volume presents her classic holiday tale "A Cedar Cove Christmas," along with the bonus story 5-B Poppy Lane.

The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
Theodora has finally gotten her family together in South Carolina to celebrate Christmas, but the holiday looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood. Luckily for her, a special someone who heard her plea for help arrives.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
On a train ride to Los Angeles, cash-strapped journalist Tom Langdon encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone's Christmas plans.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Fern Michaels
Four classic holiday tales from beloved, "New York Times"-bestselling author Michaels are gathered together for this unforgettable collection. Includes Comfort and Joy, The Christmas Stocking, A Bright Red Ribbon, and Merry, Merry.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Audiobooks at the Glenview Public Library

Be sure to check out the following new audiobooks that have recently become available at the Glenview Public Library. You can reserve these titles through our online catalog by clicking on the titles below or by calling the Audiovisual Desk at 847-729-7500 ext. 2602

Zero Day by David Baldacci
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw
Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

34th Kennedy Center Honors

"This year, the Kennedy Center celebrates its 40th anniversary by selecting five extraordinary individuals whose collective artistry has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chariman David M. Rubenstein.

The annual Honors Gala will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 and will be broadcasted on CBS on December 27 at 8:00 CST. Honored this year are Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep.

Barbara Cook - Singer; born October 25, 1927, in Atlanta, Georgia
Cook began her singing and acting career in New York in 1950, when she was recommended for a summer camp show in the Poconos. In 1951 she had her Broadway debut, as Sandy in Sammy Fain and E.Y. "Yip" Harbur's musical Flahooley.

From there, she played such roles as Ado Annie - Oklahoma!, Carrie - Carousel, Babes in Toyland, Bloomer Girl and Plain and Fancy in 1955. She was also cast as Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Laster she won a Tony Award as featured actress in a musical for her role as Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's 1957 The Music Man.

Cook has performed at Carnegie Hall in 1975, followed by performances at the Kennedy Center to San Francisco's Davies Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, Venice's La Fenice, Barcelona's Gran Teare de Liceu, and the Sydney Opera House.

Neil Diamond - Sing and songwriter; born January 24, 1941, in New York, NY
Neil Diamond is an accomplished pop sonwriter in our era. He has written songs that encompass rock, folk and blues to country, Tin Pan Alley and top 40 pop.

He wrote his first song, "Hear Them Bells" when he was 16. In 1966 he produced his first three singles: "Solitary Man," "Herry Cherry," and "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No. No). In 1970 he wrote his first Number One hit "Cracklin' Rosie."

Diamond was named into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1984 and inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011. Paul Simon said of Diamond that "He was known as the Jewish Elvis Presley. In fact, in many synagogues across the country Elvis was considered a bogus Neil Daimond.

Yo-Yo Ma - Cellist, born October 7, 1955, in Paris, France
Ma first studied cello with his father. At the age of seven he played for Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. He made his American television debut at eight with Leonard Bernstein and studied with Leonard Rose at the Julliard School.

He records exclusively with Sony Records and has expanded his repertory beyond the classical to music of Appalachia as well as Brazil, China, and India.

In 1998, Ma founded the Silk Road Project and has established partnerships from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The Silk Road Ensemble have performed at workshops at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall.

"A good musician," Ma once said, "is someone who says: 'How can I contribute?'"

Sonny Rollins - Saxophonist, composer; born September 7, 1930, in Harlem, NY
Branford Marsalis has called him "the greatest improviser in the history of jazz" after Louis Armstrong. His playing, according to the New York Times, is "among the most satisfying experiences one can derive from listening to jazz."

Robbins discovered Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong as a teen. First playing alto sax, later switching to tenor. He was inspired by Louis Jordan, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Park and Thelonious Monk, who became his mentor.

He made his first major recording in 1953: Sonny Rollins and the Modern Jazz Quartet, which is a jazz classic. Other recordings were St. Thomas, Blue 7, Freedom Suite and The Bridge in 1962. Rollins has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Arts.

Meryl Streep - Actress, born June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey
Streep has made more than 45 movies and has received 16 Academy Award nominations, winning two, and 25 Golden Globe nominations, winning seven. She has more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. She has earned two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film cirtics Circle Awards, five Grammy Award nominations, A BAFTA awards, an an Australian Film Institute Award. In 2004, she was awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

Streep was first interested in opera, but decided to study theater instead, graduating from Vassar College in 1971. She later earned an M.F.A. from the Yalae School of Drama in 1975.

In 1978 blossom with her role in The Deer Hunter. She won her first Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Joanna Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer. She has been the drriving force for some of biggest world-wide hits of the past few years: The Devil Wars Prada, Mamma Mia!, Julie and Julia, and It's Complicated.

"She is a great actress, probably the best of her generation, and has given one wonderful performance after another," says the film critic Rogert Ebert. Director Alan J. Pakula said, "If there's a heaven for directors, it would be to direct Meryl Streep your whole life."

Come to the Audiovisual room at the library and check out the display on these honorees in December.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Forthcoming Fiction for December

Here are some titles coming out this December. You can reserve these by going to our Online Catalog, Bibliocommons, or by calling the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7600!

Vigilant by Stephen J. Cannell
Locked On by Tom Clancy
Death Benefit by Robin Cook
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Threadbare by Monica Ferris
Covert Warriors by W.E.B. Griffin
Ran Away: a Benjamin January novel by Barbara Hambly
Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
A Bespoke Murder by Edward Marston
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall-Smith
Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier
Four Play at Foul by Ann Purser
Sleepwalker by Karen Robards
Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove
D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Glenviewings Friday: Incendies

Please join us Friday for a screening of the film Incendies. Directed by Denis Villenueve and based on the 2003 drama Scorched by playwright Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies was nominated for a 2010 Best Foreign Language Academy Award and received widespread critical acclaim. A tradedy of Greek proportions unfolds as a set of twins travel to their deceased mother's ancestral homeland and unravel the atrocities of her past. Please join us in the Community at 2:00 or 6:30, just drop in.

Friday, November 11, 2011

National Book Awards, 2011

The first annual National Book Awards, given to writers by writers, were presented in March of 1950. Since then, such writers as William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Flannery O’Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, John Updike, and Bernard Malamud have been recognized by their peers. More recent winners include Julia Glass, Richard Powers and Jonathan Franzen.

This year’s National Book Award Finalists were announced on Oct. 12, 2011 on Oregon Public Radio.
Of the 315 submitted fiction titles, the following were chosen as finalists:   

The Sojourn - Andrew Krivak

The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht

Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka

Binocular Vision - Edith Pearlman

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

Which book will claim the honor for 2011? You can find out on November 16th by going to The National Book's website at 7 p.m. to watch John Lithgow host the announcement event. No matter who wins, we are left with a list of five outstanding books, all of which can be checked out at Glenview Public Library.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

,As veteran’s day approaches, it seems a fitting time to feature Siobhan Fallon’s recent book, You Know When the Men Are Gone. Fallon’s well-written, moving stories are eye-opening for most of us who have little connection to the modern military.
The main setting of Fallon’s loosely interconnected short story collection is the large military base at Ft. Hood, Texas. Through the stories the reader experiences the incredible burdens that a year-long deployment to a war zone places on a family. When the men are gone, a military base abruptly changes. Domestic responsibilities that have been shared suddenly become the wife’s sole responsibility. Military wives raise children alone. They handle home repairs and finances independently. They deal with serious health problems by themselves. Fallon integrates these and other seemingly routine situations smoothly into her stories.
Military wives endure the ever-present fear over the safety of their spouses. Compounding these fears, Fallon’s stories also expose anxieties about infidelity. Will a spouse become enamored with a female soldier while he is away? Will he return home with an exotic woman from a distant country?  There is uneasiness on both sides of a marriage. Soldiers worry that their left-behind wives will find someone else to fill their absence.
While many of us have observed scenes of joyous reunions when soldiers return to their families after long deployments, Fallon’s stories reveal the tensions beyond those reunions. After a year abroad a soldier may feel more connected to his fellow soldiers than his family. He may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome or struggle to heal from a physical injury. A soldier and his family must try readjust to an integrated domestic scene. These stories show how extremely difficult these readjustments can be…and they are not always successful.
Siobhan Fallon has written You Know When the Men Are Gone from the unique perspective of a military wife, making the stories in the book feel particularly honest and powerful. She lived at Fort Hood during the two tours of duty her husband spent in Iraq and her experiences as a military wife helped to inspire this book. Fallon currently lives in Amman, Jordan, where her husband is now stationed.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spotlight on Stephen King

Stephen King is a master of the horror genre- his intensely scary stories and believable but quirky characters have made him a bestselling author for the last 25 years. King published his first novel, Carrie, in 1974 and has gone on to publish at least one book a year since. Stephen King made publishing history in 1981 when he had three novels on the best-seller list at the same time; and again in 1985 when he broke that record. As of 2011 he has published: 49 novels, 7 under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, 6 nonfiction books, 10 short story collections plus novellas, screenplays, poetry, and essays. He has been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards including the Bram Stoker, Hugo, Locus, and Nebula awards and in 2003 he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. His latest novel, 11/22/63, is due out in November, 2011.

Full Dark, No Stars: In four previously unpublished short works, a man explores his dark nature, a writer confronts a stranger, a cancer patient makes a deal with the devil, and a woman makes a horrifying discovery about her husband.

Carrie: A repressed teenager uses her telekinetic powers to avenge the cruel jokes of her classmates.

Colorado Kid: A rookie newspaperwoman learns the true meaning of mystery when she investigates a twenty-five-year-old unsolved and very strange case involving a dead man found on an island off the coast of Maine.

Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season: A chronicle of the Boston Red Sox' 2004 baseball season features a running diary of observations, arguments, play analyses, and controversial management decisions, as recorded by a pair of best-selling horror writers and diehard Red Sox fans.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Planning a Handmade Holiday?

Now that November is here, it's really time to get ready for the winter holidays. If you are hoping to do less shopping and more crafting, here are some suggested titles for inspiration that are available at the Glenview Public Library.

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-round Celebrations - Make the holidays more festive with these projects for cards, decorations, and gifts from master crafter Martha Stewart.

Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids: Gifts, Sweets, and Treats for the Whole Family! by Jessica Strand - Get the whole family together for some holiday fun to make handmade gifts.

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit + Crochet by Mags Kandis - Over 30 projects to make and give including wearable accessories and home decor.

Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style by Dinah Corley - Corley presents simple and sophisticated recipes for jams, nuts, patés, and other items that bring together the culinary and the creative for inspired gifts.

The Best of Papercrafts Magazine - From handmade cards and food wraps to home décor and gift bags, this book is your one-stop source for projects of all kinds.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Read These Classic Horror Novels at Your Own Risk!

These novels may include some fantasy, suspense, or the supernatural, but they have bone-chilling horror in common. The best ones don't go for the obvious scare or graphic description. Rather, they give you a story of seemingly normal events, a false sense of security, and then eerily disturb you with just one small indiscretion. Before you know it, you're scared; you want to go to bed, but you're afraid to go to sleep because you need to know what happens next!

The following have stood the test of time and frighten us as much today as when they were first written:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
This is often cited as the first horror novel ever written as well as the first science fiction novel. Dr. Frankenstein's monster is a legendary character of the horror genre. It is a literary masterpiece that is more disturbing and gothic than outright scary. It's what happens when humankind foolishly tries to create life and conquer nature.

Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)
Some call this the most sophisticated ghost story ever written. Two small children on their uncle's estate are put in the care of a young governess. Everything is going well until the uncle's servant and the previous governess return from the dead to collect the souls of the children.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
Driven mad by his thwarted love, Heathcliff seeks to destroy the Linton and Earnshaw families after the death of his beloved Catherine. Revenge, however, cannot calm the deluded Heathcliff who is forever haunted by Catherine's ghost at Wuthering Heights.

Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle (1922)
Thirteen stories by the famous creator of Sherlock Holmes move from factual beginnings to climaxes of fear, puzzlement, and, sometimes, horror.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938)
A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)
An anthropologist conducts an unusual research project in a reputedly haunted house. This novel is one of Stephen King's favorites, and he cites it as being a big influence on his novel The Shining.

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. Dracula was the beginning, and the reason why vampires are, and always will be, popular icons of the horror genre.

The Shining by Stephen King (1977)
This novel develops around the little boy, Danny, and his talent of "shining," his telepathic ability to read minds, see the future, and converse with a spiritual guide he calls Tony. Only Stephen King could make his readers afraid to ever again walk by a fire hose in a hotel hallway.

The Exorcist by William Blatty (1971)
A Jesuit priest, unable to find plausible explanations for an eleven-year-old's strange behavior, begins to suspect demonic possession. Is it really possession, or symptoms of mental illness, or an illustration of the dichotomy of religion versus science? It's up to the reader!

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
In 19th century London, Dr. Jekyll performs an experiment in which he attempts to separate his pure, good side from his dark, evil qualities. He succeeds and splits his personality in two, but his other half is the evil Mr. Hyde. This is the classic tale of a split personality.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Audiobooks at the Glenview Public Library

Be sure to check out the following new audiobooks that have recently become available at the Glenview Public Library. You can reserve these titles through our online catalog by clicking on the titles below or by calling the Audiovisual Desk at 847-729-7500 ext. 2602

The Affair by Lee Child
Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben
The Race by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Son of Stone by Stuart Woods


A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard
Life Itself by Roger Ebert
Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
Every Day a Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen

Friday, October 21, 2011

Become an Armchair Traveler !

Want to travel to Naples, Kenya or Iceland? Longing to see Timbuktu, Newfoundland, and Australia? Don't have the money to go to Brazil, Malta or  Patagonia this year? Become an armchair traveler with some suggestions from Nancy Pearl.

Pearl's latest publication, Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading For Travelers, Vagabonds and Dreams is the perfect guide for you.  She has a plethora of book titles (both fiction and non-fiction) to suggest to those readers who want to travel within the comfort of their own home.

Want to go to...

Newfoundland? Try The Shipping News by Annie Proulx or Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Wyoming? Try The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson or the Eye of the Wolf by Margaret Coel

Burma? Try The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason or Burmese Lessons: A Love Story by Karen Connelly

Adventure travel to scare you out of your seat? Adrift by Steven Callahan or The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain That Killed My Father by John Harlin

Travel the world with Nancy Pearl's book or ask for your Glenview librarian's suggestions. It is easy and you don't have to pay those extra luggage fees.

Happy travels!

P.S. For those who want a regular dose of travel writing - come join our GPL book discussion group, Travel With Me, with moderator Jean Goetzke.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Let's Bake and Decorate!

According to Chase's Calendar of Events, October is National Bake and Decorate month. What better time of the year to do this than when the days are winding down, the summer madness is over and we're starting to get that cocooning feeling.  So, for those of us who maybe need a little help with cooking and decorating, or just looking for fresh ideas, here are several resources available at the Library.

One of the magazines that the Library subscribes to is Sandra Lee Semi-homemade. Her mantra is "Keep it Simple, Keep it Smart, Keep it Sweet, Keep it Semi-homemade. Her recipes typically include a pre-made item, such as  pie crust or a box of cake mix.  In the latest issue (September/October), she has recipes for Caramel Spice Cake and S'mores Tarts, both of which look deliciously good. Also included in this issue are money saving meal recipes.

For those that need visual aid, there are several DVDs that you can watch. One is called The Complete Guide to Cake Decorating and Baking - a comprehensive introduction to everything there is to know about baking and decorating cakes. And when you're ready, you can't go wrong with Martha's Baking Favorites. Martha Stewart goes over techniques and the basics before showing you how to do the actual baking of cakes, pies, and cookies. It's all "good things".

As far as decorating, the September/October issue of Chicago Home and Garden Magazine has an article on "Color - room to room paint schemes", with tips on how to choose paint color that will flow from one room to the next. 

From the Home Decorating Series " You Can Do It" with Christopher Lowell, there are 3 DVDs available: Seven Layers of Design and Color Courage, Savvy Surfaces and Merchandising the Home, and Nurturing Spaces and Double Duty. Or perhaps you want ideas on how to "bring new life to old finds". If that's the case, then watch Chris Olsen's Refresh Remix Restyle for easy step-by-step instructions.

These are just a few of the magazines and DVDs on cooking and decorating that you can find at the Library.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Duct Tape Crafts for Teens

Ever want to create exciting crafts with nothing but duct tape? The Glenview Public Library will be hosting a Duct Tape Craft program for teens ages 13-18 on Saturday, November 19th from 2-3PM.

This will be the second time the Library has hosted such a program. Cell phone cases, wallets, and other neat items can be created with a variety of duct tape colors. Teens are encouraged to be creative! Any teen who is experienced at making more complicated duct tape creations are encouraged to attend and to help others. The possibilities are endless!

There are many spots still available, so register today at and click on Calendar and Events. You may also call 847-729-7500 and ask for the Reader Services Desk. A staff person would be happy to assist you with registration.

This is a great project for groups of friends who like to craft together! The Library offers a variety of teen-related programs, and we will have a nice selection of craft programs in the future as well. In the past, there have been such programs as Cookies in a Jar, Decorative Notebooks, and Scrapbooking. This Winter, we will have Cookies in a Jar, Card Making (Rubber stamping), and Chocolate Covered Pretzel making. Registration for these Winter programs will begin shortly.

Any questions about teen crafts and programming, please contact Nicole M. Mills, Young Adult Librarian, at 847-729-7500 x2613.

Monday, October 10, 2011

In Recognition of Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

I usually like fiction written by poets; add a feline narrator, and I’m likely to enjoy the book. Such is the case with The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. I was reminded of the book when I read Schaeffer’s obituary in the Chicago Tribune several weeks ago. Not only did she write this delightful, witty narrative (which should appeal to dog and cat lovers alike), but she also received the Centennial Review award for poetry and was nominated for a National Book Award for Poetry for Granite Lady. Schaeffer, who received her first rejection slip from Ladies’ Home Journal at the age of eight, has written a truly amazing variety of well-researched novels that come alive with memorable characters and places. Some of her other books are:

Anya: (1974) Based on hours of stories told to her by actual Holocaust victim Anya Brodman, Schaeffer’s details seem real because most of them are. Many readers find Anya one of the most memorable characters ever presented in literature.

The Madness of a Seduced Woman: (1984) This novel is based on an actual murder trial in Vermont early in the century. Agnes Dempster is tried for the murder of her romantic rival and pronounced insane, largely on psychiatric testimony that Agnes's insanity resulted from "the madness of a seduced woman." Schaeffer examines her character’s motives as seen through the speculations of lawyers, friends, and her father.

The Injured Party: (1986) Schaeffer offers an intense, chilling portrait of a woman at mid-life. When Iris returns home from the hospital, where she has been treated for a fever of unknown origin, she is unable to leave her bed or talk to her devoted husband or her two children. Her depressive spell is interrupted by the arrival of John, the long-lost lover of her youth, who has decided to spend the last months of his life (he is terminally ill) with Iris and her family. Schaeffer reveals the inner workings of the family and the psychological changes of middle age with this complex character.

Buffalo Afternoon: (1989) The protagonist, Brooklyn-born juvenile offender Pete Bravado, joins the army at seventeen to escape his brutal father. Once in Vietnam, Pete experiences the boredom, bone-chilling fatigue, terror, and all of the atrocities of war. Like many others, he must eventually come to terms with what he has seen and felt. (Schaeffer spent years listening to Vietnam veterans in order to write this book.)

The Golden Rope: (1998) Doris and Florence Meek, identical girl twins, spend their days chasing butterflies through the Vermont woods, their mirrored gestures a sign of their uncanny connection. Eventually, Florence trades the intimacy of twinhood for marriage and a successful career as an artist. Left behind, Doris settles into a life of self-pity and depression, made worse by Florence's mysterious disappearance. Only when a writer requests her help in piecing together Florence's biography does Doris come to realize that Florence wasn't the person she seemed to be.

The Snow Fox: (2004) In this exhaustively detailed portrait of medieval Japan, Schaeffer displays the treacherous politics of court life and the way women are both coddled and restricted. When the powerful Lord Norimasa insists that renowned poet Lady Utsu poison the only man she has ever loved because he is a traitor, she is forever changed.

Poison: (2006) Schaeffer writes a saga loosely based on the turbulent life and loves of poet Ted Hughes. Writer Peter Grosvenor has always been almost as famous for his womanizing as he is for his poetry. After both his first and second wives commit suicide, Peter considers himself poisonous to women. Years later, after his death, Peter's third wife, desperate to preserve her wealth, engages in a battle of wills with Peter's two grown children, his sister, his would-be biographer, and his last, perhaps truest, love.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brown Bag and Books

Last week the Reader Services Department of Glenview Public Library held a Brown Bag and Books session over lunch in our staff lunch room. While munching on our PB and J or pad thai, we discussed with one another what books we’ve read and enjoyed recently. It’s a good way to get to know staff members from other departments while receiving recommendations for good reads. So here are some of the titles the staff of GPL have on their book shelves:


A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Wise Man's Fear: a novel by Patrick Rothfuss
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (book 1 of the Song of Ice and Fire series)
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
Cutting for Stone by A. Verghese
Room by Emma Donoghue
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Mama does Time: a Mace Bauer mystery by Deborah Sharp
Please Look After Mom by Kyong-suk Sin
The Call: a novel by Yannick Murphy
Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Theft by Peter Carey

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures by Philip Mould
The Invisible Gorilla: and Other Ways our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher F. Chabris
Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Duncan Dayton and Ken Burns
It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy by Laura Notoro
Bossypants by Tina Fey