The most-checked-out titles from the Skokie Public Library (thru November 2017)
❶ Rooster Bar, by John Grisham
The premier law-and-order author goes inside a cycle of corruption that swindles law students. Can some of them fight back?
From the jacket: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no.
❷ Origin, by Dan Brown
The bestselling author of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” takes readers on a new, mysterious adventure.
From the jacket: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a major announcement. The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist and former student of Langdon’s. The meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao with the museum director. Langdon and the museum director must evade a tormented enemy who will stop at nothing to silence Kirsch. They are soon face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us all.
❸ Don’t Let go, by Harlan Coben
With suspense and insight, Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town.
From the jacket: Detective “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother and his girlfriend were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, Nap’s love, disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, and now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.
❹ House of Spies, by Daniel Silva
The popularity of this summer thriller from the author of “The Black Widow” has carried over to the fall.
From the jacket: Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s West End. The attack is a brilliant feat, but with a loose thread that leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson.
❺ The late show, by Michael Connelly
Connelly introduces a new character, a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the L.A.P.D., in this thriller.
From the jacket: Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day-shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she has been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual-harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her night shift. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up no matter what the department throws at her.
❶ The Hillbilly elegy, by J.D. Vance
It’s the third time within a year this book has been listed in this spread. In it, 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, the topic 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 What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
In this landmark memoir, Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial presidential races in the country’s history.
From the jacket: Clinton describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye; the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance; and the double standard confronting women in politics. She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary.
❸ Halfway homemade: Meals in a jiffy, by Parrish Ritchie
A popular mom blogger presents one hundred low-maintenance recipes including ready-made ingredients.
From the jacket: Is it cheating to start a meal with store-bought biscuit dough, rotisserie chicken, and a bag of frozen veggies? Does it matter when the result is delicious mini chicken pot pies on the table in 30 minutes? In “Halfway Homemade,” discover flavorful, simple recipes for any meal, including: cheesy ranch pull-apart bread, Rodeo Chicken with creamy jalapeño rice, slow-cooker beef tips, and caramel ice cream sandwich cake. From quick and delicious weeknight dinners to party-pleasing desserts, every recipe includes tips and tricks that will make cooking dinner—plus snacks, sides, and desserts—a snap.
❹ Theft by finding: Diaries 1977-2002, by David Sedaris
The bestselling author releases a selection of diary entries that have encouraged his lauded autobiographical essays.
From the jacket: For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime readers only think they know.
❺ We were eight years In power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A National Book Award winner, Coates reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency, and what happened after, including the election of Donald Trump.
From the jacket: “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Coates explores the echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and un-reconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.