What’s new at your Treasure Valley libraries

October 20, 2013 



“Joyland” by Stephen King

Adult fiction. This book is a surprisingly deft and poignant look at carnival life from the eyes of a heartbroken college student named Devin Jones working for a summer at a small amusement park on the North Carolina coast. Eventually, it becomes a bit of a ghost story and a crime mystery, the solving of which is aided by a bond Jones establishes with a disabled boy and his mother.



“Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink

Adult nonfiction. Physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs the five days after Hurricane Katrina at Memorial Hospital, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and a discussion about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.



“Queen’s Gambit” by Elizabeth Fremantle

Adult fiction. Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love.

However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the egotistical and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one can refuse a royal proposal, so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives — two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth — Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.



“Whose Names Are Unknown” by Sanora Babb

Adult fiction. Set during the Dust Bowl and beginning in Cimarron County, Okla., this novel puts a face on a small family, the Dunnes, who subsist by dryland farming. Day-to-day choices become harder as they live on the edge of survival, eventually becoming migrants to California. The economic climate and lack of power in changing their circumstances tell a familiar story reflecting hard times.



“The Aftermath” by Rhidian Brook

Adult fiction. Set in post-WWII Germany, this is a story of rebuilding in the aftermath of war. British Col. Lewis Morgan is given the task of overseeing the restoration of a defeated Hamburg, Germany. Because he is unwilling to uproot the residents of the home to which he has been assigned, Morgan insists that both families learn to live together. Through the struggles of passion and hate, they learn also how to love and forgive again.



“Zero Hour” by Clive Cussler

Adult fiction. When a scientist discovers a possible way to tap an unlimited energy source using machines that cause massive earthquakes, Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala and their NUMA teammates race against time to locate the scientist’s machines underground and in a vast ocean trench to prevent catastrophic disasters.

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