What's new at your Treasure Valley libraries

May 4, 2014 



"Turn Left At the Cow" by Lisa Bullard

Juvenile fiction. Thirteen-year-old Travis takes off one day in an effort to get away from his mom and his new stepdad. Arriving at his grandmother's house in Middle-of-Nowhere Minnesota, he quickly learns why his mom never talked about his father. It seems his dad was accused of robbing a local bank, then disappeared. Travis, his cousin Iz and a new friend, Kenny, get caught in the middle of things when someone decides that Travis knows where the missing money is.



"Arduino Robot Bonanza" by Gordon McComb

Nonfiction. Breathe life into the robots of your dreams - without advanced electronics or programming skills. Arduino Robot Bonanza shows you how to build autonomous robots using ordinary tools and common parts.



"This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" by Ann Patchett

Adult nonfiction. The author has gathered a series of well-written essays about her life in an interesting memoir reflecting the periods of a writer's life. Some of the most touching stories involve caring for an elderly grandmother as well as her dog. Experiences that reflect her Southern residency include being challenged for a book she wrote about a close female friendship that created a furor. Patchett shares her relationships honestly.



"I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language" by Lydia Denworth

Nonfiction. This is an excellent read for anyone with deafness in the family or curious about the correlation between your ears, sound and learning language. A mother of three children, one of whom has hearing loss, writes a personal and scientific account of the path of sound and words from the ear to the brain. The author interviewed experts on language development about sound processing and discovered that ears are just the beginning of sound, language and learning.



"The Secrets of Lost Cats" by Dr. Nancy Davidson

Adult nonfiction. When her tabby disappeared, Nancy did what countless other cat owners did - she made a cat poster. She found her cat but became intrigued by the messages on cat posters. She sought out the owners of lost cats, and what she learned created a captivating look at our relationship with our pets.



"The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects" by Spike Carlsen

Adult nonfiction. From a root cellar with storage bins to an outdoor shower, this do-it-yourself guide features 76 projects, which are accompanied by fully illustrated instructions and use just basic tools and standard building materials, designed to help readers live more sustainably and independently.

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