Recommendations

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


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ROKU ROKU

Stream Netflix, Disney+, HULU, ESPN

Access dozens of TV shows and movies, or stream Netflix, Disney +, ESPN and HULU directly to your TV. We have 5 circulating devices which will turn your television into a smart TV. It connects by an HDMI cable (provided). You must have an WiFi connection in your home. Check out at the front desk.

Digital Services Recommended by Digital Services January 15, 2021
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: Atwood, Margaret. Testaments. Bennett, Brit. Vanishing half. Child, Lee. Past tense. Clark, Mary Higgins I've got my eyes on you. Cummins, Jeanine American dirt. Frank, Dorothea Benton Same beach, next year. Finn, A. J. Woman in the window. Grisham, John Camino Island.… Continue

Digital Services Recommended by Digital Services January 15, 2021
iPads iPads

Available for Checkout

If you have a La Grange library card, you can check out an iPad. Stream Netflix, Disney+, HULU and ESPN. Check out a hotspot if you don't have WiFi at home.

Digital Services Recommended by Digital Services January 15, 2021
WiFi Hotspot WiFi Hotspot

WiFi hotspots can be checked out at the front desk with your La Grange library card.

Digital Services Recommended by Digital Services January 15, 2021
The Old Woman and the River The Old Woman and the River

by Ismail Fahd Ismail

Print copies available in catalog

At the outset of an 8-year war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, Um Qasem, her husband and grown family are forced from their village of Sabiliyat in Iraq’s lush delta region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Years later, widowed and homesick, Um Qasem, accompanied by her donkey, Good Omen, journeys home to Sabiliyat to deliver her husband’s unearthed bones and his spirit to a… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, August 10, 2020
Invitation to a Bonfire Invitation to a Bonfire

by Adrienne Celt

Print copies available in catalog

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

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, August 10, 2020
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

by Isabel Wilkerson

Available formats: Print and Overdrive e-book

Wilkerson tells the true story of six million African Americans who courageously left, or escaped, the Jim Crow South to live in Northern or Western parts of the U.S. This well researched book is the history of how many of these individuals thrived in the North despite institutionalized barriers that perpetuated widespread racism and resulted in overcrowded impoverished urban dwellings. This… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 11, 2020
A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

Available formats: Print and Overdrive e-book

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

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 11, 2020
The Ballad of Black Tom The Ballad of Black Tom

by Victor LaValle

Available formats: Print and Overdrive e-book

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

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 11, 2020
Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel

by Alix Christie

Available now via Hoopla! https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12037079

This is a historical fiction story of the “dark art” of printing and the world’s printing predecessors from nearly six centuries ago set in a time of plague, superstition, the fall of Constantinople and extreme poverty. The year is 1450 and the place is the German city of Mainz. This late medieval city is part of the Holy Roman Empire and a central hub for long distance trade… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, April 24, 2020
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry is an independent bookstore proprietor whose painful life of solitude and cynicism changes when an orphaned baby is left in his failing establishment. Fikry finds himself facing new circumstances that, over time, enable him to connect with the island’s townspeople who become like an extended family. This page-turning read is overall light and upbeat, but has some dark… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, April 11, 2019
Cherry Cherry

by Nico Walker

This semi-autobiographical fiction work gives readers a chance to discover a story that is as difficult to read as it is to put down. A young man leaves his home in Cleveland to join the Army and fights in the Iraq war. He then battles the aftermath of post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction and robs banks for drug money. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut may appreciate that Nico Walker's unnamed… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, January 16, 2019
Bluebird, Bluebird Bluebird, Bluebird

by Attica Locke

Texas Ranger Darren Matthews holds so dearly the values of truth, justice and equity. He is a Ranger first and foremost, but his high standards and ideals are continuously challenged and tested as he attempts to solve two seemingly linked murders in a close-knit community that has many secrets. Racial discrimination and tension, and violence and hatred are embedded in the town of Lark, Texas, but… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, October 18, 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

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, January 03, 2018