Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Absolutely wonderful history book that will “blow your mind” over and over! This is an introduction first to the “Viking” mind, the way the Scandinavians from 536 AD – 1200 AD thought of themselves and the world around them. And then it is a broad history moving easily as the Vikings did from Vinland (Canada) […]


Read 2021

Read 2021

After a challenging year in 2020, staff at the Evanston Public Library once again invite you to join us in a year-long reading challenge: READ 2021. With this second year of our challenge, we hope to move beyond the genres and authors we typically read, explore new territory, get outside of our comfort zones and […]


The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

Best Fiction Book of 2020! An elegiac and immersive story about three life changing days in the life of a nurse in Dublin, working in the unit with pregnant women sick with the 1918 Flu, during WW1. Rather than feeling that I was reading, I felt that I was there, standing within a few feet […]


Circe Madeline Miller

Circe Madeline Miller

A tale both dark and inspiring, the novel Circe weaves a fresh take on an old greek legend. We begin with Circe’s goddess birth in the land of the sun god Helios. But Circe quickly becomes an outcast for her lack of beauty and godly powers and ends up banished to an island. The story […]


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

Terrific simple introduction to climate change that explains clearly how we got to this point in various industries  — Food (agriculture, meat production, fishing), Energy, and Earth (melting ice, rising waters, warming air). Hope Jahren (Lab Girl) is a scientist/professor and this is the content of her most frequently taught class; it’s fact based, non […]


Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

As an adult, Nathaniel tries to recover his memories and what they meant from his childhood during WWII. First deserted by their father and then their mother, Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, are left in the house with a stranger who is to care for them. Bit by bit, the house fills with shady, unexpected […]


Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this charming story, though I’m sure this will be just as delightful on the page, electronic or otherwise. Noel, raised by his well-educated, practical and rebellious godmother in London, becomes, after her death, a war evacuee and is settled with an anxious, uneducated, unsuccessful petty crook. Vera is not very […]


The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile

Riveting historical drama told by one of our nonfiction masters! Larson selected the first year (May 1940 – May 1941) of Churchill’s residence at 10 Downing Street to share in great detail his leadership and life as he set up the plan for winning WWII. Shows how critical brilliant leadership at the top is during […]


The Game of Birds and Wolves

The Game of Birds and Wolves

Wonderful WW2 story of the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and the retired Naval officer who led them to create a game that gave Britain the chance to reverse course and begin winning the Battle of the Atlantic! Full of thrilling naval battles and many fascinating details of some amazing women’s lives! After France fell […]


All You Can Ever Know

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung tells a beautiful story of the mystery of her birth and adoption simply and with deeply considered truth. Trans-racial adoption was both a great gift and also a burden for her. Terrific writing. (Ms. Chung is a magazine editor by day.) I especially loved her description of motherhood and birth preparation and how […]