Death on Nantucket by Francine Matthews

With summer not far away, it’s nice to think about selecting a few good books for your “to-read pile” that you can take the time to enjoy, especially if it happens to be a mystery with a beachfront setting. Francine Mathews’ newest book Death on Nantucket provides a great start for your list for electric, enjoyable pre-summer reading. While the islanders of Nantucket were bracing for the summer influx of visitors Read more...

Posted by on June 12, 2017

A New Way To Bake by Kitchens of Martha Stewart

With all the wonderful colors of spring outside that delight the senses, it can make us think of new things—perhaps trying a new recipe!  Martha Stewart, known for her expertise Read more...

Posted by on April 25, 2017

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

When I found my husband at the bottom of the stairs, I tried to resuscitate him before I ever considered disposing of the body…I pretended to be weighing my options. Read more...

Posted by on March 22, 2017

The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson

From the title, it seems hard to believe that this slim volume can impart enough wine sense to place you as a “wine expert” in such a short time frame! But as you begin to read, you realize that Jancis Robinson is a leading figure in the world of wine, who provides advice for the cellar belonging to Queen Elizabeth. Her knowledge that earned her the title of Master of Wine Read more...

Posted by on February 14, 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove doesn’t think he is ill-tempered, grumpy, or terse when conversing with other people, or dealing with a stray cat that thinks it should belong to him. However, when significant Read more...

Posted by on January 3, 2017

Table Manners: How To Behave In The Modern World And Why Bother by Jeremiah Tower

Have you caught yourself texting or posting a photo while attending a dinner party when the meal is underway? Or informing your host (or hostess) of meal restrictions or allergies Read more...

Posted by on December 7, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

I often like to try new authors to see how their stories come to life from the brief summary given in a book release or promotion. When I read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, I was spellbound, anxious to find out what happened next. This chilling story centers on a normal, successful English couple who appear to have everything; but of course, the reality for them is at the other Read more...

Posted by on November 1, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

Famed pastry chef Olivia Rawlings seems to have it all— until she accidentally sets a Manhattan restaurant on fire with her flaming dessert! Asked “to take a break” from work, Read more...

Posted by on September 22, 2016

Downton Abbey season six: ta-ta for now!

  It is hard to grasp that soon the phenomenal PBS show Downton Abbey will come to an end after season six! Luckily, the library has a program coming soon Read more...

Posted by on October 22, 2015

Sous Chef: 24 hours on the line

  Have you ever wondered what it is like to be working in the kitchen of a nice restaurant when the perfect meal is delivered to your table? Do you Read more...

Posted by on August 24, 2015

Our Souls at Night

Even at first sight, this small volume by Kent Haruf drew me in although I had four other books to consider reading on my nightstand. Why did it attract me? Read more...

Posted by on July 6, 2015

Illinois Reads: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

Illinois Reads is a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. Established under the Illinois Reading Council, reading is encouraged at all age levels, from babies to Read more...

Posted by on June 17, 2015

The Precipice by Paul Doiron

Two college girls have disappeared while hiking the “Hundred Mile Wilderness” in Maine. Sketchy details become available as game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with constructing the girls’ check-in points Read more...

Posted by on June 1, 2015

Inside the O’Briens

Lisa Genova has yet again found the perfect vehicle for a sincere, funny, heart-wrenching story with her east coast family story, Inside the O’Briens. I find that reading her novels is Read more...

Posted by on April 6, 2015

Gardening and Farm to Table: a Fruitful Pairing

It would be hard not to be happy that we have gained another hour of sunshine, courtesy of daylight saving time. As Chicagoans, we are reminded that we have braved Read more...

Posted by on March 11, 2015