What's new at your Treasure Valley libraries

July 21, 2013 



"Evil and the Mask" by Fuminori Nakamura

Adult fiction. A recent translation of Nakamura's second novel in English explores the limits of depravity as a boy is told by his elderly father that he has raised him to be a "Cancer" in the world. As the father creates conditions that make life intolerable for the boy, the boy resists and confronts his father and sets into motion a chain of events that may prove the father correct.



"Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard" by Annette LeBlanc Cate.

Children's nonfiction. This book shows children that they don't need to own binoculars or know fancy Latin names to watch birds. With cartoon-style drawings and informative sidebars, this book will entice kids to head out to the backyard.



"The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England" by Ian Mortimer

Adult nonfiction. Using diaries, letters, books and other writings of the day, Ian Mortimer offers a masterful portrait of daily life in Elizabethan England. Through this lens, we can begin to understand Elizabeth's subjects not only as a people profoundly shaped by the time in which they lived, but also as the people who shaped the world as we know it today.



"The Book on Fire" by Keith Miller

Adult fiction. This book tells a mystical and poetic story of the underworld residents of the ancient city of Alexandria in 30 B.C. Balthazar is a book thief and also loves them before all else in his world. He becomes involved with a group of nefarious city dwellers while pursuing his passion.



"The Ability" by MM Vaughn

Juvenile fiction. Twelve-year-old Christopher Lane has it hard - his teachers think he is a bad seed, and his mother is depressed and unable to care for him or herself. His father died in the war. Then, a mysterious visit from the Ministry of Education and an unusual test give him an opportunity to attend the Meyers Holt Academy for the (unusually) gifted. Christopher is thrilled with his newfound abilities. However, with great power comes the ability to do great harm. Christopher discovers that some of his classmates are testing the boundaries of the human mind.



"Ink" by Amanda Sun

Young adult fiction. Still distraught over her mother's sudden death, Katie is unwillingly transplanted from New York to live with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan. Her already off-kilter life turns truly surreal when she has a run-in with the school's troubled kendo star, Tomohiro, who draws sketches that seem to come to life. Her presence exacerbates Tomohiro's powers. Determined to uncover the truth behind his supernatural artistry, Katie becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving the ancient gods of Japan and the Yakuza, Japanese organized crime. This is the first in a series.

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