Boise Public Library
“The Devil is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond,” by Sandor Jaszberenyi.
Fiction. These 19 stories by Hungarian War journalist Sandor Jaszberenyi are stunning in their realism and lack of sentimentality. Jaszberenyi has covered the Egyptian revolution, the Libyan civil war, the Gaza strip, and Darfur refugee camps and rendered many of his experiences in short stories, now translated into English. For those interested in realistic, descriptive short fiction, Sandor Jaszberenzi’s The Devil is a Black Dog is recommended.
Eagle Public Library
“Tyrannosaurus Wrecks,” by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
Children’s picture book. It’s a typical day in the classroom. All the little dinosaurs play nicely, but...Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! A delightfully illustrated book highlighting the importance of sharing and cooperation, especially at school.
Meridian Public Library
“Strength Training for Triathletes: The Complete Program to Build Triathlon Power, Speed, and Muscular Endurance,” by Patrick Hagerman.
Nonfiction. Whether you want to increase endurance on the swim, find more power on the bike, or fight fatigue on the run, the sport-specific exercises featured in this book make it easy to target your training for improved performance in any or all of the three events. Every exercise is clearly explained and fully illustrated, taking the guesswork out of good technique.
“H is for Hawk,” by Helen Macdonald.
Adult autobiography. After the sudden death of her father, the author, devastated, turns to the ancient but largely forgotten sport of falconry to overcome her grief. She acquires one of the most fearsome but beautiful birds of prey in the sport – the goshawk – and resolves to raise and tame it as a means of coping with her loss. Her quest will test her limits, change her life... and perhaps heal her wounds. At turns heart-wrenching and humorous, this book combines history, myth, and a unique look at bereavement and humanity's bonds with animals.
Garden City Library
“Beastkeeper,” by Cat Hellisen.
Juvenile fiction. Sarah is searching for answers. Why do her parents move constantly? Is there a reason she is so drawn to magic? Why did her mother just up and leave her? A surprising spin on Beauty and the Beast, this tale contains deep forests, ruined castles, terrible curses, and an unexpectedly reluctant non-beastly beast. It is an inventive and fun read for middle-school readers.
Ada Community Library
“Neverhome,” by Laird Hunt.
Adult fiction. During the Civil War a childless couple on a small farm in Indiana decide that to hold on to the respect of their community and themselves, to send one of them to fight for the Union. In this case it is the husband Bartholomew who stays, and his physically stronger sharp-shooting wife who goes and becomes known as “gallant Ash” with a song named after her. The author places the reader alongside this tale through muddy ditches and dismal landscapes, also illuminating the tough decisions humanity need to survive a war intact.
Nampa Public Library
“Masterminds,” by Gordon Korman.
Juvenile fiction. With no unemployment, no homelessness and no crime, Serenity, New Mexico, is the perfect town. Or is it? When Eli Frieden attempts to bike past the town limits for the first time, he is struck with paralyzing nausea and pain that makes him wonder if Serenity is less of a paradise and more of a prison. When his classmate, discovers that the major employer is just a front for something more sinister, the two boys decide to investigate.