Author Event

Author Elliot Ackerman at Lake Forest Book Store

Former White House fellow, Marine veteran and author, Elliot Ackerman appears at Lake Forest Book Store

WAITING FOR EDEN

Knopf Publishing Group $23.00 (Released September 25, 2018)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Refreshment will be served

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, so call 847-234-4420

From the National Book Award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives. Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home--and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage--and about his life before he went to war--come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

Author Photo Credit to Huger Foote

Author Daniela Petrova at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Daniela Petrova appears at Lake Forest Book Store for a book signing event celebrating her newly published suspense debut novel.

HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER

P. G. Putnum's Son  $28.00  (Released June 18, 2019)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

For more information, call 847-234-4420

She befriended the one woman she was never supposed to meet. Now she's the key suspect in her disappearance. For fans of The Perfect Mother and The Wife Between Us comes a gripping psychological suspense debut about two strangers, one incredible connection, and the steep price of obsession. Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker--until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York's Upper West Side. Her target? The "anonymous" egg donor she'd selected through an agency, the one who's making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born. Katya, a student at Columbia, is the yin to Lana's yang, an impulsive free spirit who lives life at the edge. And for pragmatic Lana, she's a breath of fresh air and a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby's father. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana's life, she disappears--and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. Determined to find out what became of the woman to whom she owes so much, Lana digs into Katya's past, even as the police grow suspicious of her motives. But she's unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best...

Daniela Petrova grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Sofia, Bulgaria. After the fall of Communism, she moved to New York where earned a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostLos Angeles Review of BooksSalon, and Marie Claire. She lives and writes in New York City.  Her Daughter’s Mother—released by Putnam in June, 2019—is her first novel.

Luncheon with Author Claire Lombardo at The Deer Path Inn

Luncheon with author and Oak Park native, Claire Lombardo to celebrate publication of her first novel

THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD

Doubleday Books  $29.00  Releases June 25, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 per person includes lunch and book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

 

When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'. As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons' past: years marred by adolescence, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile. Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this luminous portrait of a family's becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.

 

Claire Lombardo earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A former social worker, she now teaches fiction writing and is at work on a second novel.

Author Joshilyn Jackson at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Joshilyn Jackson joins the staff of Lake Forest Book Store to present her newest novel.

NEVER HAVE I EVER

William Morrow & Company  $27.00  Released July 30, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM. - 7:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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In this game, even winning can be deadly... Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it--teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy's sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night. Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it's naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way--a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did. When they're alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn't give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she's going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another. To protect herself and her family and save the life she's built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can't beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins. A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson's trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance. 

 

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

Author photo credit to Wes Browning

Writer/Producer and China Hand Stewart Lee Beck at Lake Forest Book Store

Stewart Lee Beck discusses trading and business in China in an in-store event at Lake Forest Book Store

CHINA SIMPLIFIED: HISTORY FLASHBACK

 C.S. Publishing  $12.88  Available in Paperback

Better understand modern China with this entertaining journey to the heart of its 5,000-year history. Ideal for business persons who want to raise their China game, students who seek to make deeper cultural connections, and travelers in search of valuable insights into Chinese culture.

 

 

CHINA SIMPLIFIED: LANGUAGE EMPOWERMENT

C.S. Publishing  $11.88  Available in Paperback

An entertaining journey to the heart of the Chinese language to deepen your understanding of China and its people. A must-read for anyone who wants to improve their Mandarin or cultivate better relationships with Chinese worldwide.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Seating is limited, call 847-234-4420

Stewart Lee Beck is a writer and producer who's lived and worked among the Chinese for 24 years. Stewart has helped raise nearly $15 million for children's charities in China. He refers to his Malaysian-Chinese wife as "the crazy woman who keeps me sane."

Local Author Deborah Rine at Lake Forest Book Store

Local author, Deborah Rine joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to celebrate her two newest Emerald Coast Mystery novels

THE GIRL ON 30A: AN EMERALD COAST MYSTERY

CreateSpace  $14.00 Available in Paperback

Claire escapes on Christmas Day. She leaves behind her stifling family, her controlling fiancé and her grueling job. In Lemon Cove, a Florida town off Highway 30A, she finds new friends, a challenging career and a house on the beach. How lucky can she get? But within days her perfect new life begins to disintegrate. Her date for New Year's Eve is found dead in a gangland shooting. She has the distinct feeling she's being followed. Gripped by fear, she is suspicious of some around her. Claire is determined to uncover the truth and reclaim the life she's begun to build...no matter what it takes. This fast-paced novel takes place on the exquisite Emerald Coast along Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. Part travelogue and part thriller, THE GIRL ON 30A paints a vibrant portrait of a distinctive region while spinning its intriguing tale.

ENVY ON 30A: AN EMERALD COAST MYSTERY

Sefl-Published $14.00  Available in Paperback

Victoria Palmer is a social-media queen with millions of followers. Her wedding promises to be the cyber event of the year. The nuptials will take place at the fabulous Magnolia Resort, a haven for the super-rich on the exquiisite Emerald Coast along Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. For Morgan Lytton, Magnolia's wedding planner, the four-day extravaganza provokes anxiety. An impending storm off the Gulf of Mexico looms on the horizon. Pernicious paparazzi threaten to infiltrate the event. In addition, an undercurrent of hatred and jealousy simmers under the feigned camaraderie of the wedding party. Unwittingly, Morgan becomes enmeshed in their conflicts. After the first murder, the members of the wedding party begin to suspect one another. Morgan works with the police and finds herself a target for the vindictive killer.

 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

at Lake Forest  Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Seating is limited, call 847-234-4420

Deborah Rine lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois with her husband, Larry and her chocolate lab, Cocoa. She has also written The Lake, Face Blind, and Divergent Deaths. The Girl on 30A is her fifth novel and was inspired by a wonderful vacation along the Emerald Coast.

Author Luncheon with Allison Dickson at The Deer Path Inn

Meet, greet and enjoy lunch with author Allison Dickson at The Deer Path Inn as she celebrates her newest novel.

THE OTHER MRS. MILLER

G. P. Putnum's Son  $26.00  Releases July 16, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 includes book and lunch

Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

In this unputdownable domestic suspense debut, a lonely suburban housewife finds her life entangled with the family that moves in across the street at the same time that she becomes convinced someone is watching her--perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and The Last Mrs. Parrish. Once a darling of Chicago's social scene, Phoebe Miller fears she's become irrelevant and cliché just another miserably unfulfilled housewife who drowns her sorrows in chardonnay and ice cream and barely leaves her house. Maybe it's her dark thoughts and fertile imagination that lead her to believe the worst about everything she spies going on in the exclusive suburban cul-de-sac she calls home. But surely that rusty blue sedan that keeps idling by her driveway is a sign that she's being watched. And that new family that just moved in across the street--Dr. Ron Napier, his vivacious wife, Vicki, and their handsome college-bound son, Jake--can't be as perfect as they appear. Especially not with the bruises on Vicki's arms and the fear in Jake's eyes. When a chance introduction to the exuberant Vicki--and a forbidden encounter with Jake--draws her out of her shell and deeper into the Napiers' orbit, Phoebe's life finally gets the infusion of excitement she's been missing. But when anonymous threatening notes begin landing on her doorstep, she'll have to ask herself just how well anyone can truly know their neighbors...and how close to home unforeseen danger sometimes lies.

Allison Dickson is the author of several independently published horror and dystopian novels. She has also written nearly two dozen short stories, both independently and as part of anthologies. Dickson lives in Dayton, Ohio, and when not writing, she is typically gaming, blogging, or exploring.

Author photo credit to Ken Dickson

Debut Author Luncheon with Ana Johns at Froggy's

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store for a luncheon welcoming debut author Ana Johns at Froggy's French Cafe.

THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO

Park Row Publishers  $27.00  Releases May 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road

Highwood, IL 60040

$60 includes lunch and book

Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura's prearranged marriage to the son of her father's business associate would secure her family's status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man--an American sailor, a gaijin--and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it's learned Naoko carries the sailor's child, she's cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation--one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori's journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


Ana Johns worked over twenty years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. Born and raised in metro Detroit, she now resides in Indianapolis with her family. The Woman in the White Kimono is her first novel.

Auhor photo credit to caseyandhercamera.

Chicago-area author Lisa Barr at Lake Forest Book Store

Chicago-area author, journalist and blogger joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her newly-released novel

THE UNBREAKABLES

HarperCollins Publishers  $16.99  Releases June 4, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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THE UNBREAKABLES by award-winning author Lisa Barr is a delicious, captivating novel about a woman from Chicago who jets off to France after her "perfect" marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and passion. 

The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime...It's Sophie Bloom's forty-second birthday, and she's ready for a night of celebration with Gabe, her longtime, devoted husband, and her two besties and their spouses. Dinner is served with a side of delicious gossip, including which North Grove residents were caught with their pants down on Ashley Madison after the secret on-line dating site for married and committed couples was hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed...including Sophie's "perfect" husband. To add insult to injury, she learns Gabe is the top cheater in their town. Humiliated and directionless, Sophie jumps into the unknown and flees to France to meet up with her teenage daughter who is studying abroad and nursing her own heartbreak. After a brief visit to Paris, Sophie heads out to the artist enclave of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. There, for the first time in a long time, Sophie acknowledges her own desires--not her husband's, not her daughter's--and rediscovers her essence with painful honesty and humor, reawakening both her sensuality and ambitions as a sculptor. As she sheds her past and travels the obstacle-filled off beaten path, Sophie Bloom is determined to blossom. Allowing her true self to emerge in the postcard beauty of Provence, Sophie must decide what is broken forever...and what it means to be truly unbreakable.

 
Lisa Barr has been an editor at The Jerusalem Post, Today's Chicago Woman, and Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous "handshake" between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House. Lisa is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog, GIRLilla Warfare. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three daughters (aka: Drama Central).

Cookbook Author Jeanine Donofrio at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us as author Jeanine Donofrio presents the newest addition to her Love & Lemons series of cookbooks.

LOVE & LEMONS EVERY DAY: MORE THAN 100 BRIGHT, PLANT-FORWARD RECIPES FOR EVERY MEAL 

Avery Publishing Group  $35.00  Released April 1, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-2240

 
The ultimate guide for cooking outrageously delicious, vegetable-packed meals every day of the week, from bestselling author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook. Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the center of the plate with more than 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. In this book, Jeanine shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Butternut squash becomes the best creamy queso you've ever eaten, broccoli transforms into a zesty green "rice" burrito filling, and sweet potato blends into a smooth chocolate frosting. These exciting and approachable recipes will become instant additions to your family's regular meal rotation. This book is a resource, filled with smart tips for happier, healthier eating. You'll find inspiration from Jeanine's signature colorful infographics - such as a giant matrix of five-ingredient salad dressings, a guide to quick weeknight pastas, and a grid to show you how to roast any vegetable. There are also plenty of practical charts, such as a template to make versatile vegetable broth, seasonal produce guides, and clever ideas to use commonly tossed vegetable parts -- you'll never toss those cauliflower cores, corn cobs, or broccoli stalks again! Packed with imaginative every day meals, go-to cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions, and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples, Love & Lemons Every Day is a must-have for herbivores and omnivores alike.
 
Jeanine Donofrio is the author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking and Love & Lemons Meal Record & Market List. "Happiness itself is tossed into every bowl," The New York Times said of her first cookbook, while Bon Appétit hailed it as "the most beautiful cookbook we've ever seen." Jeanine has been featured in PeopleO: The Oprah MagazineSelfShapeMind Body GreenDesign*SpongeRedbookFood52Refinery29, and many more. As author of the popular Love and Lemons blog, she partners with leading brands, including Whole Foods and KitchenAid. She and her husband, Jack, cook and photograph from their home in Chicago while their two Shiba pups help clean up the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.

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