Jeanne Jesernik

Adult Services Librarian

Jeanne Jesernik

(708) 215-3200 , jeanne@lagrangelibrary.org


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A Lesson Before Dying
This story takes place in a racially charged Southern community during the 1940s. The protagonist, Grant Williams is well educated and has the potential to succeed outside of this impoverished plantation community that he was born and raised in. Grant is reluctantly brought into a situation where he has an opportunity to help a more disadvantaged younger black man who has been wrongly accused of… Continue
The Ballad of Black Tom
Set in Harlem in 1924, Charles Thomas Tester is a young, Black and impoverished con artist who demonstrates little talent until he is enraged enough by racial injustices to tear down the veil of his existence. His transformation begins as he delivers an occult script to a reclusive witch for a few bucks in his pocket. This one act leads him into a strange, magical and dangerous beastly realm… Continue
Invitation to a Bonfire
Zoya Andropova, a young girl without family and a recent refugee from the Soviet Union, struggles to fit in at a New Jersey boarding school during the 1920s. Zoya later becomes curator of the school’s exotic plant conservatory and leads a solitary existence until she falls for Russian author Leo Orlov, a married professor with elevated status. This artfully written noir is full of clever… Continue
Eat A Peach: A Memoir
An explicitly honest and intimate sharing of Chang’s life experience as chef and successful restaurateur (founder of Momofuku restaurant group) with the goal of bringing Korean food and culture to the world. As a son of immigrant parents caught between two cultures, Chang shares his difficult childhood experiences of assimilation, he talks candidly about living with mental illness, and he… Continue