Boise Public Library
“Two Bronze Pennies” by Chris Nickson.
Mystery. Detective Inspector Tom Harper is expecting a peaceful holiday with his new wife when a body turns up in the Jewish neighborhood of Leeds. The murdered man has bronze pennies covering his eyes, and no one is willing to talk to police. While trying to stave off the fear growing in the Jewish community, he must also help a French police officer investigate the disappearance of a French inventor.
Eagle Public Library
“The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs” by Matthew Dicks.
Adult fiction. Wimpy Caroline Jacobs suffers life’s indignities in silence. But when she’s finally fed up with the local Parent Teacher Organization, she asserts herself and gradually realizes that her wimpiness can be traced back to a public betrayal by her best friend. She decides to take her daughter back to her home town and tell off her childhood friend with the perfect comeback — 25 years later.
Meridian Public Library
“Adrift” by Paul Griffin.
Teen fiction. Matt and his best friend, John, only came out to Montauk for the summer to make a little extra cash and then head back home. And then Matt meets a girl. The girl leads to a party, the party leads to a boat, which leads to being adrift at sea with three rich kids who have no clue about how to navigate a boat, let alone actually survive. Five teenagers. One boat. Who will come back alive?
“Slade House” by David Mitchell.
Adult fiction. Down the road from the pub, behind a black iron door, you might find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first you won’t want to leave — and later, you’ll find you can’t leave. Every nine years, the residents of Slade House invite inside someone who is different and lonely — a precocious teenager, a divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside this house? For those who find out, it’s already too late.
Garden City Library
“Daddy, Stop Talking!: And Other Things My Kids Want But Won’t Be Getting” by Adam Carolla.
Adult nonfiction. Comedian, TV and radio personality Adam Carolla is a father to twins Sonny and Natalia. This book is about parenting and, in Carolla’s ranting style, gives tips to children on dating, drinking, buying their first house or car, puberty and what type of person to avoid becoming. He is a firm believer in hard work. He wants his children to work hard and grow up to be good people. If you enjoy any of his other books or podcasts, you will get a good laugh.
Ada Community Library
“Aama 1. The Smell of Warm Dust” by Frederik Peeters.
Adult graphic novel. A beautifully illustrated futuristic story of a drug-addled man. Verloc, who wakes up with the remnants of a dream, is face down in the middle of a strange planetary landscape. The spacecraft and settings are colored carefully, allowing the reader to experience and participate in the action.
Nampa Public Library
“Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters and Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family,” by Pam Anderson, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio.
Adult nonfiction. Pam Anderson and her two adult daughters, who together write a blog by the same name, take turns penning chapters in this memoir, ending each section with a recipe that ties into the subject at hand. The down-to-earth narratives have distinct voices, yet all believe in the importance of shared meals and cooking with the ones you love: food as nourishment; food as connection; food as healing balm. More prose than cookbook, this work will be enjoyed by cooks and noncooks alike. The 26 recipes are easy to follow (though not always simple) and most are forgiving of substitutions.