Recommendations

See what La Grange Public Library staff members have to recommend.


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The Spaceman of Bohemia The Spaceman of Bohemia

A perfect read for anyone who has ever thought about what "Kafka meets Andy Weir's The Martian" would look like. Spaceman of Bohemia follows Jacob, a Czech astronaut, as he travels through space on a 1-man mission for the glory of his country. In his solitude, he finds himself approached by an absurdity: a large alien spider with human lips, exhibiting a proclivity toward discussing life and love… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, May 16, 2018
Iron House Iron House

by John Hart

Hitman Michael wants out, but the gang has threatened to kill his pregnant girlfriend and his brother, Julian, whom Michael hasn’t seen for 20 years. A violent incident in their childhood, which they spent in a North Carolina orphanage, led to Michael fleeing and Julian's adoption by a wealthy senator’s wife. Michael returns to North Carolina to ascertain Julian’s safety, but… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 18, 2018
Black Girl Magic Black Girl Magic

by Mahogany L. Browne

This short but powerful poem is a great piece to ponder during National Poetry Month. Read it quietly while immersing yourself in the beautiful illustrations. Read it aloud to enjoy the full weight of its words. Then hear it as you watch the author, Mahogany L. Browne, in a video from PBS as she fights back against the unfair limitations society puts on young black girls.

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 18, 2018
The Stonekeeper The Stonekeeper

by Kazu Kibuishi

In this first book in the Amulet series, Emily and Navin lose their father in a tragic car accident and are catapulted to the fantastical land where their great-grandfather’s home is located. When their mother gets absorbed by an “arachnopod,” Emily finds the amulet that will help her. However, Emily will have to take on great responsibilities and defend against a plethora of… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 18, 2018
The Fisher Boy The Fisher Boy

by Stephen Anable

Who killed Ian? Is there a connection to the cult living in an abandoned art colony in the woods near Truro? Cape Cod is overrun this summer by Swedish children connected to the cult and some unpleasant white supremacists. Mark, the last person to see Ian alive, learns a secret tying him more closely to Ian. Mark and his mostly gay group of friends try to solve Ian’s murder while learning… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services March 06, 2018
Vincent and Theo Vincent and Theo

by Deborah Heiligman

Most people know Vincent Van Gogh, but without his brother Theo, there might not have been a Starry Night. Theo was Vincent’s closest confidant, and this book delves into a relationship that included writing over 600 letters to each other. Theo, a gallery owner, was key in promoting Vincent’s talent. Although great fame eluded him during his life, the emotional and financial support… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 06, 2018
Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

by Alice Briere-Haquet

In this beautiful and simple picture book, readers learn about Simone’s childhood as she shares her stories with her daughter. The illustrations throughout the book bring to life Simone’s love for music, as well as her desire to stand up for her beliefs. Recommended for reading aloud with children in preschool-3rd grade, but kids of all ages and adults will fall in love with this… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services March 06, 2018
iPod Nano iPod Nano

Listen to an Audiobook

If you have a La Grange library card, you can check out the iPod Nano and listen to some of the current best sellers, including: Dragon teeth, Michael Crichton Same beach, next year, Frank, Dorothea Benton Woman in the window, Finn, A. J. Camino Island, Grisham, John Into the water, Hawkins, Paula Little fires everywhere, Ng, Celeste Come sundownRoberts, Nora Hillbilly elegy, Vance, J.… Continue

Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Coordinator, February 27, 2018
The Somnambulist The Somnambulist

by Jonathan Barnes

Magician Edward Moon has a rep for crime-solving, but a recent series of murders has him baffled. Together with his bald giant of an assistant, the Somnambulist, Moon must work his way through the dark underbelly of London—dealing with fortune tellers, a sinister circus performers, twisted “enforcers” and a cult devoted to the poet Samuel Coleridge—among others—to… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 27, 2018
Frogkisser! Frogkisser!

by Garth Nix

Evil Duke Rikard likes to turn people into frogs, and that’s not even his worst quality. When the Duke decides to take over the Kingdom, pushing aside the rightful heir, Princess Anya rallies to save the day. With a magical potion and a kiss, Anya is able to reverse the frog curse. This earns her the nickname Frogkisser. But it’s going to take more than a few kisses to overthrow the… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 27, 2018
The Perfect Score The Perfect Score

by Rob Buyea

Told by five members of the 6th grade class at Lakeview Middle School, this story is proof that standardized testing isn’t the most important thing that happens in your first year of middle school. When the teacher they were supposed to have is unexpectedly unable to start the year, ancient Mrs. Wood returns from retirement to be their teacher. She looks old, dresses old, and sounds old,… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services February 27, 2018
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

by Gail Honeyman

The story begins with Eleanor Oliphant, a quirky, introverted and humorously opinionated young woman who leads a mundane office life by day, and lonely, self-regimented life by night. The narrative quickly evolves as serendipitous events begin to connect Eleanor with other people in ways she never dreamed possible. This is a story of friendships, healing, and forgiveness, that is told with a… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services January 03, 2018
The Mortal Instruments : The Graphic Novel The Mortal Instruments : The Graphic Novel

by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

Fans of the popular urban fantasy series by Cassandra Clare have been waiting years for a graphic novel adaptation. The artist, Cassandra Jean, actually caught Clare’s attention by doing fan art of the series. Together, they bring the story of Clary Fray and the world of vampires, werewolves, and shadowhunters to life. Even though the books have already been made into a TV show and a movie,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 03, 2018
Orphan Island Orphan Island

by Laurel Snyder

Imagine a beautiful island far out in the sea. Then, imagine 11 children living alone on this island, using their survival skills to hunt food and care for themselves. These orphans are quite happy and have no memory of where they came from. They all just showed up one year, alone on a boat that comes to shore. When the boat comes to bring a new child, the eldest child must leave on the boat.… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 03, 2018