Rachael Rezek



Rachael Rezek

What is your favorite book/author and why?
Ok, there's no way I can pick just one. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, because I love the way Elizabeth is strong and so smart, the family clearly loves one another despite their many flaws, and it's incredibly funny. And more recently, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. I was thrilled when it won the National Book Award. The plot centers around a young slave who flees with John Brown while masquerading as a girl, and is caught up in the raid at Harpers Ferry. It is somehow blisteringly funny and heartbreaking while looking frankly at issues of race in our past and present. McBride is one of the best authors writing today.

How long have you been a member of our community?  What’s your favorite thing to do in Grayslake?
I have lived here since 2011, but used to spend a lot of time here when I was a kid. In normal times, my favorite part of summer in Grayslake is attending the festivals and farmers market--especially the craft beer festival and the Color Aloft balloon launch. But even a casual walk through town is still pretty nice!

What’s your educational background?
I have a Master’s in Library and Information Science from UW-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor's from George Washington University, where I double-majored in Archaeology and Classics.

Who is in your family?
Besides my greyhound, Gully, I have a brother, sister, and brother-in-law who are in the area, and have three nieces and a nephew I am incredibly proud of.

Fun fact
I interned at the Smithsonian for four years during college.