September 2018 Local Authors
Recent releases by authors from the west suburbs
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
Nina Browning has lived a charmed existence ever since marrying into Nashville’s elite. With her husband selling his tech company for millions and her son about to enter Princeton, she should be enjoying the good life. Yet Nina senses something is missing — the small town, middle-class girl she used to be.
Meanwhile, Tom Volpe is struggling to raise his headstrong teen daughter, Lyla, who attends a prestigious private school.
A scandal soon disrupts the lives of both families, when a photograph snapped at a party spreads like wildfire across the Internet, polarizing the wealthy community that had sheltered them. Tom, Nina and Lyla are forced to question their closest relationships and test their own moral fiber.
Exploring the controversial topic of privacy in the age of social media run amok, this is a story of race, class and explosive family dynamics. Combining fluid dialogue, complex characters and a wry sense of humor, Giffin creates a page-turning story while addressing social issues.
A graduate of Naperville North High School, where she once worked on the student newspaper, Emily Giffin is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books,including Something Borrowed, now a movie starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Her novels have been translated into 31 languages and several are under screen options. Dubbed a “modern-day Jane Austen” by Vanity Fair, Giffin now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Girl in the Mirror by Amy Logan of Joliet
The popular children’s picture book author turns her attention to tweens in this inspiring and revealing book on how young girls self-sabotage by a constant search for perfection. Part memoir and part journal, the book pulls from the author’s experiences. It also explores how the media preys upon girls and advises how they can ignore false comparisons and truly love the girl they see in the mirror.
TESLA: Inventor of the Modern by Richard Munson of Hinsdale
Noted clean-energy expert and author Richard Munson gets inside the farsighted yet under-appreciated mind of inventor Nikola Tesla. Munson explores how Tesla’s most advanced ideas — the basis for today’s cell phones, the Internet, death-ray weapons and interstellar communications, all from the early 1900s — went unnoticed for decades, yet shape today’s economy.
The Throw Away by Michael Moreci of Oak Park
What do you call an agent who is no longer an asset and becomes expendable? Mark Stain is a throw away. There was a time when he had it all — a beautiful wife, a baby on the way and a sky-rocketing career as a Washington, D.C. lobbyist. But when Stain is violently abducted from his home by masked men, everything he knows is turned upside down. Not only is he dispensable, he’s accused of being a traitor.
Four Letter Word by Christa Desir of Oak Park
Like her bestseller, Bleed Like Me, Christa Desir’s latest novel for young adults has a dark, contemporary flavor. This psychological thriller is set in a high school milieu, beset with petty jealousies, power struggles and careless friendships. A new student introduces a dangerous game: a girls vs. guys challenge to reveal and exploit each other’s secrets. When the game turns nasty, the teens learn the risks of playing with the pain of their peers.Edit Module