Boise Public Library
“Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of my Life,” by Edward Burns.
Nonfiction. Edward Burns has made a name for himself as an actor of merit and a capable director of small relationship films most recently created on small budgets. Here, Burns talks about his filmmaking education, his early brushes with fame after his Sundance triumph, when he directed A-list stars and received working budgets that he admits made him feel out of his depth. Twenty years into his career, he discusses what he’s learned and gives fascinating insight into how he creates his own films with an eye to spending as little money as possible as much now by choice as by necessity.
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Eagle Public Library
“A Storm of Witchcraft” by Emerson Baker.
Adult nonfiction. This book explores the rich catalog of explanations that have been put forth to explain the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials and ultimately shows that there were many reasons for the situation.
Meridian Public Library
“The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money” by Hal Brill.
Nonfiction. If you want to build a better life and a better world – and really be prepared for any possible future in these turbulent times – you need to become a resilient investor. This trailblazing guide will expand your ideas of investing way beyond Wall Street. Your time, your energy and the things you own are investments, too, and you’ll learn to diversify them in ways that move you toward your life goals.
“SnoozeFest” by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Kristyna Litten.
Children’s picture book. Snuggleford Cuddlebun, a sleepy sloth, is a champion sleeper. Every year she packs her bags and attends the SnoozeFest, a music festival with a pajama fashion show, milk and treats for everyone, and bands playing the very best lullabies. An adorable and funny bedtime book that puts a new spin on a good-night story.
Garden City Library
“Whispering Shadows” by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
Adult fiction. Paul Leibovitz is an American citizen residing in Hong Kong for the last few decades. When tragedy strikes, his personal life dissolves, leaving him living alone, on an island in the South China Sea, trying to pick up the pieces. Everything changes, however, when he makes a turbulent connection with Elizabeth and throws himself into the investigation of her murdered son. Throughout the course of the inquiry, dangerous secrets involving the elite underworld of China are revealed and new possibility of love is discovered.
Ada Community Library
“The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wigg.
Adult fiction. The characters in this story began with the book “The Apple Orchard,” but the book can be read as a standalone. There are two sisters who connect in the beautiful Sonoma town of Archangel, on the beautiful home of their grandfather Magnus. A wedding, a potential book about the past and a world-traveling photographer all make this an interesting setting. Yummy honey-based recipes and fascinating information about bee hives complete the picture.
Nampa Public Library
“Astray” by Amy Christine Parker.
Young adult fiction. This sequel to “Gated” (2013) follows ex-cult member Lyla as she struggles to adjust to the outside world while fighting off the calls of her family to rejoin their doomsday sect. In the first book, Lyla struggled to escape the Community; now, she deals with her emotions: toward her parents, who remain in the cult; toward former Intended Will; and toward Cody, the sheriff’s son with whom she is starting a possible romance.