Most-checked-out titles from the Glenview Public Library (thru mid-November 2016)
❶ Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Best-selling and award-winning author Patchett pens the story of how an improbable romantic encounter changes the paths of two families.
From the jacket: One afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly. Spanning five decades, “Commonwealth” explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story is no longer hers to control.
❷ The Whistler, by John Grisham
America’s greatest law-and-order author is back at it—this time with a corruption tale of greed and power from the highest of positions.
From the jacket: Judges are supposed to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. What happens when that trust is broken? Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But she realizes quickly this case is different. Using a previously disbarred lawyer and his client as her sources, Stoltz tracks maybe the most corrupt of judges. She immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous, even deadly.
❸ Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
The veteran author’s much-anticipated twenty-third novel was another New York Times best-seller and reviews serious issues of our time.
From the jacket: Ruth Jefferson is an African-American labor and delivery nurse who has been re-assigned away from the newborn child of white supremacists, who don’t want Ruth to touch their child. When the child goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth hesitates before performing C.P.R. and thus, is charged with a serious crime. When the trial becomes a media sensation, Ruth learns plenty about herself and her white attorney, while they tackle race, privilege, prejudice, and other issues.
❹ A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
This is the third time Backman’s novel has made Chicagoly’s What We’re Reading, showing it not only has strong shelf life but also is read across Chicagoland.
From the jacket: Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. Behind the cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming story of unexpected friendship and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. It will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their foundations.
❺ The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly
The newest of the Harry Bosch series about a veteran L.A. detective, who, in this latest turn, is California’s newest private investigator.
From the jacket: Harry Bosch is a low-maintenance P.I. Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling, searching for a former love and his baby that she may or may not have had. The dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. As Bosch begins to uncover the haunting story–including uncanny links to his own past–he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth. At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.
❶ Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis, by J.D. Vance
A Marine and law school graduate, Vance reviews the struggles of America’s working class through his firsthand knowledge as a product of a poor, small-town, middle-America upbringing.
From the jacket: “Hillbilly Elegy” examines a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans, a demographic on the decline for more than forty years. Though, it rarely gets the insight from the inside that Vance provides. It’s the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it. The Vance family settled in Ohio post-war hoping to escape poverty. On the face a success story, they raised a middle-class family, but deeper, the Vances struggled with expectations and could not escape issues like abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma that plague the region.
❷ Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, by Bill O’Reilly
In the sixth in O’Reilly’s lauded, historical “Killing” series, the famed broadcaster with a passion for our past recounts WWII’s battles in the Pacific.
From the jacket: In the Pacific, American soldiers faced an opponent who would go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. O’Reilly takes readers to the tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan. Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, D.C., President F.D.R. dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll.
❸ Born to run, by Bruce Springsteen
This acclaimed autobiography began after Bruce and his E Street Band played the 2009 Super Bowl halftime show. What started as an event recount turned into an intimate and dramatic look into the life of one of America’s most iconic stars.
From the jacket: Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than previously realized.
❹ Filthy Rich: The shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein, by James Patterson
The world’s top-selling suspense writer takes a turn at the truth, which in this case may be stranger than fiction.
From the jacket: Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City’s financial elite. A college dropout with an instinct for numbers, and for people, Epstein amassed his wealth through a combination of access and skill. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. And that unceasing desire, especially a taste for young girls, resulted in his stunning fall from grace. From Epstein himself, to the girls he employed as masseuses at his home, to the cops investigating the appalling charges against him, all sides of this case that scandalized one of America’s richest communities are examined in this book.
❺ The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines
The first book from the reality television stars of “Fixer Upper” gives behind-the-scenes insight into their history and expertise.
From the jacket: “The Magnolia Story” offers the authors’ fans a detailed look at their life together—from the very first renovation project, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.