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October 2022 E-Newsletter
Welcome Readers,

October has arrived!

We are definitely wearing warmer clothes and beginning to put away the outdoor tools, like the gardening spades and the lawn mowers. But don't fret; there is still plenty of good weather left for s'mores, bonfires, and if you're lucky, late-night hot-tubbing. On an important note, our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by hurricane storms and the resulting damages; we hope books and bookstores can still provide refuge.

This month usually brings some heavy-hitters in the book world, bringing forth their best in preparation for the upcoming holidays; if this is what you wait for all year, you shouldn't be disappointed! We just hope there's still time for you to read them all before you gift them.

If you're interested in audiobooks for yourself or as a gift, please feel free to give us a ring with any questions you may have. Our independent audiobook provider, Libro.fm, has a great selection of books and fabulous customer service! If you're ready to see what this craze is all about, click on the teal photo above. Click on any of these links to set up your account and be affiliated with our store( Book Bin's Libro.fm Page ).

Alli & Amy & Everyone at the Book Bin

There is so much to see in this month's photo album!
If you have the time, you can even listen to Alli read you a story or two.
Extended Hours:
Monday through Thursday
10:00am to 6:00pm

Friday and Saturday
10:00am to 4:00pm

Closed Sundays (except in December)

Extended hours effective through the holidays

Last Month's Bestsellers
Sept. 1 through Sept. 30

Our World of Dumplings
by Francie Dekker

An Affair of Spies
by Ronald Balson

Carrie Soto Is Back
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

by Geraldine Brooks

Women Talking
by Miriam Toews

Lucy By The Sea
by Elizabeth Strout

What If? 2
by Randall Munroe

Woman on Fire
by Lisa Barr

Remarkably Bright Creatures
by Shelby Van Pelt

The Personal Librarian
by Marie Benedict
and Victoria Christopher Murray

Book Bin's Upcoming Events


With our little helpers from the Countryside Day School, we now welcome you and your little ones for our seasonal story time!

A half-hour storytime for kids
(and adults!) of all ages

10/6, 10/13, 10/20, and 10/27
Thursday mornings
(Just before the store officially opens)
Illinois Libraries Present Jesmyn Ward
October 12 at 7:00 PM via Zoom; register with this link

Join us and library lovers across the state of Illinois for an evening with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, as she discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice.

Ward, hailed as “the new Toni Morrison” by the American Booksellers Association, is the author of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the critically acclaimed novels Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones, and the memoir Men We Reaped. In 2017, she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award for Fiction twice. A professor of creative writing at Tulane University and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ward’s many honors include the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a Strauss Living Award.

The date of our next in-person Adult Book Discussion is Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm

Our Book Discussion group is very welcoming! Please join us this month as we discuss Women Talking by Miriam Toews with Sheila Whalen as our discussion group leader.

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

Mystery Book Club

We have a special announcement for November! Our Adult Book Discussion and our Mystery Book Club will be meeting together to discuss Silverview by John Le Carre! This meeting will be on Monday, November 3 at 7:00 pm, and we'll have refreshments before and after the meeting.

Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise. When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . .

Book Bin will be hosting
Northwestern Alumnus
Tricia Crisafulli's Book Launch
of The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor

Please join us welcoming this Park Ridge native and Northwestern Alumnus as she introduces her novel to a community of readers and friends on the North Shore! 

Amid a mountain of rain-soaked donations to the Ohnita Harbor Public Library rummage sale, Gabriela Domenici finds a small box that contains an odd-looking cross. When the carved center turns out to be ivory and a clue links the cross to a medieval saint, Gabriela turns to her expertise as an authenticator of historic documents to lead the quest to discover the truth about this mysterious object. But the cross isn’t the only secret in town.

Save-the-date on Thursday, October 13 at 5:00 pm. Your RSVP, though not required, helps us set up for the evening, so please call us at (847) 498-4999 or click below to email us. We hope you join us for the event and read Tricia's thrilling "cozy" mystery .
Upcoming Fiction Releases
Click on the book cover to read more and place a preorder.
Coming October 4
Coming October 4
Coming October 4
Coming October 11
Coming October 11
Coming October 18
Coming October 18
Coming October 25
Coming October 25
Fiction Reviews
The Winners
Written by Fredrik Backman
Published by Atria Books
Available in Hardcover Now 

The Winners by Fredrick Backman is one of the best books I have read. This final book in the trilogy beginning with Beartown, may just be his best. His writing is simply brilliant. In Backman’s own words “I gave it absolutely everything”, and I think it shows! The townspeople of Beartown and neighboring Hed have somehow moved forward after the devastating events of two years back. Some have moved on, some have moved away, but nobody is unchanged. Now, in The Winners, everyone is drawn back together for the funeral of one of the town residents. The characters we grew to love and hate, to weep for and seethe over, are all here. As the town comes together, tensions are on the rise and nobody sees what is coming next. This is a story of what ‘home’ means; an exploration of who runs into the fire when it matters; and a confirmation that every person matters in the life of a community. To anyone who has not read this series, you have a powerful journey ahead of you!

Reviewed by Amy Morrison
Shrines of Gaiety
Written by Kate Atkinson
Published by Doubleday Books
Available in Hardcover Now

It is 1926 and Nellie Coker, mother of six and owner of several London nightclubs, has just been let out of prison. Meanwhile, Inspector John Frobisher is looking for a reason to send her back to prison while also hunting for missing girls, trying to get more information about several drowned girls, and taking care of his French wife who is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He distrusts most of the policemen he works with, so he employs Gwendolen Kelling, an ex librarian from York, to dig up dirt on the Coker family. The results are a sometimes fun, sometimes dark romp through London in the 1920's. Kate Atkinson has a knack for being serious, dark and lighthearted at the same time-not an easy thing to do. If you're a fan, you will want to read Shrines of Gaiety.

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
Written by Ian McEwan
Published by Knopf
Available in Hardcover Now

Lessons is the story of Roland Baines - from his childhood in Africa to his time in an English boarding school to his life in London when he is in his 70's. During these years he is seduced by his piano teacher, marries a German woman who deserts him leaving him to care for their young son, and eventually happily remarries. His life is nothing special; he never worked at anything with a passion, but in some ways he is satisfied. Roland Baines is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. Ian McEwan's most recent novel is one of his best. Perhaps because the main character is my age, has lived through many of the historical events that I have, and reacted to friends and family as I probably would, I identified with him. Lessons is a fine story about a multi-dimensional man. It is my favorite book so far this year.

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
Mad Honey
Written by Jodi Picoult
& Jennifer Finney Boylan
Published by Ballantine Books
Available in Hardcover on October 4

What would you do if your child was accused of a horrific crime? A first love can be all consuming, but could it also lead to tragedy? In Jodi Picoult’s new novel, Mad Honey, we follow Olivia, a single mother of a teenage son, who thought her most difficult years were behind her after escaping an abusive husband. Now she is faced with the unthinkable situation of saving her son from a life in prison. Could he be more like his father than she thought? Asher and Lily were two teens on the cusp of adulthood with bright futures, when everything falls apart. As the details unfold we learn about secrets, growing pains, and the strong need for connection. In true Jodi Picoult fashion, she dives deeply into a timely, hot topic while giving us a fresh perspective. Picoult’s co-author is Jennifer Finney Boylan, a bestselling author and member of the transgender community. She brings knowledge and understanding to this deeply engrossing novel.

Reviewed by Andrea Fossier
Our Missing Hearts
Written by Celeste Ng
Published by Penguin Press
Available in Hardcover on October 4

Celeste Ng's new book, Our Missing Hearts, is a thought provoking look at America's near future. As Ng mentions in her author notes, "It's not our world, but it's not NOT our world." Bird, a twelve-year-old boy who lives with his father, misses his Asian mother who disappeared years ago. In this post pandemic setting, the most significant policy is PACT, the Preserving American Cultures and Traditions Act. It promises to protect American values and promises to watch each other. It also encourages the reporting of perceived violations of the Act. Underlying this family's story are many indications of discrimination, mostly against Asians. Bird is at an age where he wants to know what happened to his mother. His father is very protective and fears for his son, as Bird looks so much like his Asian mother. This quest lays the foundation for Ng's story of challenge, fear, courage, and love… much to think about! This is not a comfortable book, but it surrounds the reader with examples of extreme government policies and of sacrifices made for family and friends. It is a book that stays with you after you close the cover. I'm glad I read it. 
P.S. If you read it, be sure to read Ng's author notes. Her thoughts and explanations enrich the story and explain her motivation for its writing.

Reviewed by Carol Pickering
Demon Copperhead
Written by Barbara Kingsolver
Published by Harper
Available in Hardcover October 18

The narrator, Damon Fields, nicknamed Demon Copperhead, is a young boy living with his drug addicted mother in Appalachia. Young Demon's life is plagued with poverty, abuse and death, yet somehow he maintains a sense of humor and a somewhat realistic look at the world around him. Demon is bright, perceptive and talented, but sometimes that's not enough for him to overcome what the world has thrown at him. Barbara Kingsolver readily admits that Demon Copperhead was inspired by Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. Like Dickens' novel, it is a coming of age tome with a well drawn sympathetic character.

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
Upcoming Nonfiction Releases
Coming October 18
Coming October 18
Coming October 25
Coming October 25
Coming November 1
Coming November 1
Upcoming Paperbacks
Coming October 4
Coming October 18
Coming November 1
Our "Clubs"!

We pride ourselves on our friendliness and our service to our customers and community. As we pondered everything we offer, we came up with this list of "clubs" available to you at the Book Bin. Invite your friends!

Frequent Reader Club
We punch holes for each $10 you spend working towards $10 off your next purchase.

Our Book Club
We meet on the first Thursday night of the month to discuss an enthralling paperback book, with our next meetings on Thursday, October 6 and Thursday, November 3.

Book Bin Detective Club
We read a new paperback mystery novel and meet on a Monday night mid-to-late month to discuss it, with Monday September 12 set as our next meeting.

The Booklovers Club
We'll send a book a month to a recipient of your choosing, such as a new baby, a voracious middle-grade or teen reader, or an adult, for a birthday gift that "keeps giving" for example.
Quick Question: What is your favorite downtown Northbrook dine-in restaurant?
Basu Coffee Bar & Vietnamese Eatery
Francesca's North
Georgie V's
House 406
Landmark Inn
Leonidas Chocolate Cafe
Marcello's Father and Son
Trattoria Oliverii
Last Month's "Quick Question" Results:
What is your favorite autumn activity?

"Taking walks" was the winner, receiving 51% of the votes (29 votes);
"Curling up with a book" took second with 38.5% (22 votes);
"Watching football" received 10.5% of the votes (6 votes);
and, sadly, "Raking Leaves" didn't receive any votes at all!

We received 57 responses.
Thanks so much for participating (:

Book Bin's Staff 2022​
From Left to Right:
(Standing) Marla Alexander, Linda Wesselink, Simona Bernfeld, Erika McCoy, Julie Harms-Muth, and Andrea Fossier
(Seated) Nancy Randall, Amy Morrison, Alli Gilley, and Carol Pickering
For the good times and the bad, there's always a book at home waiting for you to pick it up and lose yourself!

For that next book, reach us in the store,
over the phone, in an email, or online​.​

Thank you for reading and for shopping locally.
We appreciate your support!

The Book Bin Staff
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