The summer reading logs are pouring in, as are reviews from our patrons and staff. Here are a few:
Actress and author Fannie Flagg is a popular favorite for those who love Southern fiction filled with colorful characters. Remember Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café? Flagg’s latest, I Still Dream About You, follows Maggie Fortenberry, an aging former Miss Alabama, now real-estate agent, who always tries to appear happy, but is buckling under the weight of disappointments. In fact, she's come up with 16 "perfectly good reasons to jump in the river" and only two reasons not to. Of course, there is hope to be found even in Maggie's darkest hours. Patron Michele B. loved how the author combined humor with sadness.
Veteran writer Frederick Forsyth’s latest political thriller, The Cobra is full of intrigue and suspense. Cobra is a master spy and ex-CIA agent called out of retirement by the President to combat the world cocaine trade. Having unlimited funds and use of the military, Cobra and his accomplices engage in a tense battle with a nasty drug cartel. Patron Sandra B. thought it was a great mystery and found it hard to put down.
In addition to a fantastic staff, the Northbrook Public Library is lucky to have a fleet of devoted volunteers who give their time to help with various tasks. One such volunteer in the Reader Services Department is Marilyn T., a former library employee and avid reader. Marilyn recommends The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. The main character, Lucy Hull is a children’s librarian who helps her favorite patron, a book-loving ten-year-old, run away from overbearing parents who force him to attend anti-gay classes with a celebrity pastor. As Lucy flees with the boy, she discovers that they are being pursued by an anonymous adversary. Marilyn comments that The Borrower is “a very special book; anyone who loves books and loves libraries will find this book wonderful.”
Thanks to our patrons and staff for reviews, keep ‘em coming!
Lori Siegel, Reader Services