Boise Public Library
“The Man Who Spoke Snakish” by Andrus Kivirhk.
Historical fantasy. Meet Leemet. He is the last speaker of Snakish, the language to command animals. This adult fairytale follows Leemet and his companions to save his heritage and preserve a dying language.
Eagle Public Library
“Wink Poppy Midnight” by April Genevieve Tucholke.
Young adult fiction. In this mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime. Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Three voices that burst onto the page and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous. What really happened? Someone knows. Someone is lying.
Meridian Public Library
“The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone” by Olivia Laing.
Nonfiction. When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-30s, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this experience, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives — from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules — Laing conducts an electric investigation into what it means to be alone.
“As Close To Us As Breathing” by Elizabeth Poliner.
Adult fiction. In 1948, sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage in Connecticut, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal. Ada, the family beauty, relaxes and grows more playful, unimpeded by her rule-driven, religious husband. Vivie, once terribly wronged by her sister, is now the family diplomat and an increasingly inventive chef. Unmarried Bec finds herself forced to choose between the family-centric life she’s always known and a passion-filled life with the married man with whom she’s had a secret yearslong affair. But when a terrible accident occurs on the sisters’ watch, a summer of hope and self-discovery transforms into a lifetime of atonement and loss for members of this close-knit clan.
Garden City Library
“If Only” by Richard Paul Evans.
Young adult fiction. Eric hates his new home in Utah — until he meets Grace dumpster-diving outside his workplace. Grace is running away from home and looking for shelter from the cold. Neither knows that both of their lives will change with one decision — to give Grace a place to hide.
Ada Community Library
“The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas” by Fiona Watt.
Juvenile nonfiction. A bright, colorful volume containing an exciting series of short lessons that employ various kinds of paint, drawing media, paper craft skills and projects. These would be useful for any artist who seeks a bit of motivation to try something new.
Nampa Public Library
“The Forgetting Time” by Sharon Guskin.
Adult fiction. A single mom confronts the possibility that her troubled 4-year-old is the reincarnated spirit of a murdered child. Thirty-nine-year-old Janie Zimmerman becomes pregnant after an interlude with a stranger while on vacation in Trinidad. Four years later, her son, Noah, is kicked out of preschool because he’s talking about guns, drowning and the scary parts of the Harry Potter books. Janie ends up watching a documentary featuring Dr. Jerome Anderson, “who for many decades has been studying young children who seem to recall details from previous lives.” But Anderson is having troubles of his own. Still staggering from the death of his wife one year earlier, he’s been diagnosed with aphasia, a form of dementia that involves the gradual loss of language. Though his work has been jeered at by the scientific community, he has now written a book for the general public which has been accepted for publication by “one of the top editors in the field,” who requires only that he add one more compelling case history. His phone call from Janie Zimmerman will provide that opportunity, but will his mental faculties hold out long enough for the threesome to solve the mystery of Noah’s past?