Great Reads: Picks from Our Glenview Book Guru

Liz Weinstein, manager of Glenview's only independent bookstore, shares her recommendations for adult, teen and children's reads.

Liz Weinstein, manager of  has a few suggestions for your reading pleasure. Check out this week's picks -- which all have a theme fit for October reading!

Children's Pick: "My Monster Mama Loves Me So" by Laura Leuck

Summary: A monster bedtime story.
Liz Says: "This book is good for any time of year but reading about the snuggly sweet monster and his mama is especially fun when Halloween is on it's way. After all, monster kids are just like people kids - who doesn't like a beastball game or a nice glass of lizard juice to wash down those freshly baked bug cookies? Wonderful illustrations by Mark Buehner."

Teen/Young Adult Pick: "Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories" Edited by Roald Dahl

Summary: Fourteen of Roald Dahl's favorite tales.
Liz Says: "This is a great and seriously spooky collection of ghost stories collected by master children's author Roald Dahl (James and The Giant Peach, The BFG, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory). Dahl hand picked these tales from the hundreds that he read at the British Museum Library. Authors include E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary and Edith Wharton and several more! For ages 13+."

Adult Pick: "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote

Summary: A novel about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers.
Liz Says: "'In Cold Blood' is my favorite Capote title and is the perfect way to kick off the month of October. The book is based on the true events of the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family.  It's superbly combines crime reportage with serious literature and is packed with suspense, eerieness and empathy.


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Jennifer Fisher (Editor) October 03, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I love Roald Dahl! I didn't know he had put together a collection of short stories. Sounds like a very interesting read. I think my favorite Roald Dahl book is Matilda, but they're all great. You're never too old for Roald Dahl.


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