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'Must Love Dogs' author Claire Cook to sign new book in Libertyville

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  • Best-selling author Claire Cook will discuss her new book, "Wallflower in Bloom" June 7, in Libertyville.

    Best-selling author Claire Cook will discuss her new book, "Wallflower in Bloom" June 7, in Libertyville.
    Courtesy of Cook Memorial Library

  • "Wallflower in Bloom" by Claire Cook.

    "Wallflower in Bloom" by Claire Cook.

Submitted by Cook Memorial Public Library District

Claire Cook, acclaimed best-selling author of "Must Love Dogs," will present her new book, "Wallflower in Bloom," during a luncheon at noon Thursday, June 7, at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church Street. This free event will be open to the public but registration is required.

To register, call (847) 362-2330 or go to Feel free to bring your own lunch or order the optional box lunch provided by Café Pyrenees for $8. Lunch orders may be placed until June 1, but must be paid in advance and in person at either the Cook Park Library or the Aspen Drive Library.

Claire Cook, with her funny perspective of women in midlife, always manages to keep the reader laughing, even as she inspires us to reach higher and live the life we've only imagined. And she does not disappoint with "Wallflower in Bloom."

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it's just not her own. She's the round-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound. Then Deirdre's sometime-boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag's expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It'll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre's 15 minutes of fame have begun.

Irresistible, offbeat, yet with a thoroughly relatable and appealing heroine, "Wallflower in Bloom" is an original and deeply satisfying story of one woman who's ready to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where she lands.

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, "Must Love Dogs," starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the best-selling author of eight other novels and lives in Atlanta, Ga.

Books for signing will be available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Bookstore.

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