Boise Public Library
“Noontide Toll” by Romesh Gunesekera.
Adult fiction. “Noontide Toll” is meditative yet observant collection of stories by the author of “Reef” and “The Sandglass,” covering the recent history of Sri Lanka after 30 years of civil war. The main character unifying all the stories is a self-employed taxi driver who engages a diverse variety of fares as he drive the country from north to south and reflects on the experiences of war and post-colonialism. The fares include everyone from a priest on a secret mission to confront a military general; naive British tourists lost in the glory of England’s colonial past; and an aging doctor and his son returning to his childhood home.
Meridian Public Library
“Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road” by James Longhurst.
Nonfiction. Americans have been riding bikes for more than a century now. So why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists? James Longhurst, a historian and avid cyclist, tackles that question by tracing the contentious debates between American bike riders, motorists and pedestrians over the shared road.
“Dead Wake” by Erik Larson.
Historical nonfiction. On May 1, 1915, the luxury ocean liner Lusitania sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, its passengers and crew surprisingly at ease despite World War I being well underway. But Germany was out to change the rules , and the German Submarine Unterseeboot- 20 was also bound for Liverpool. Ocean liner and submarine were bound for a disastrous encounter, one that would send shockwaves through the world, bring the U.S. into WWI, and alter the rules of warfare forever.
Garden City Library
“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson.
Juvenile nonfiction. This National Book Award Winner and Newbery Honor Book uses words that sing with both the simplicity and complexity of life. A poetic journey through memories that sting and inspire, this is a story of victory, sorrow and discovery through the eyes of a young girl. It is filled with sharp social commentary of a country’s struggle to live up to its ideals, an honest portrayal of the strength of family and a memoir written in verse introducing the world to a blossoming writer. Ages 10 and up.
Nampa Public Library
“Finding Serendipity” by Angelica Banks.
Juvenile fiction. Young Tuesday McGillycuddy has a secret: her mother, Serendipity Smith, is the famous author of the Vivian Small adventure series. And now Serendipity has disappeared; she has somehow been swept out of their townhouse into Vivian Small’s stories. The desperate Tuesday manages to create a way to follow her mother, and accompanied by her dog, she too enters the world of story. Before long, she meets Vivian Small and joins her in her battle with the dreadful pirate Carsten Mothwood, all the while hoping to find a way to reclaim her mom.
Eagle Public Library
“Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork” by Simon Majumdar.
Adult nonfiction. The author, a British ex-pat considering becoming an American citizen, crisscrosses the country to discover American food. Along the way he makes friends and digs into the food cultures that make up America — brewing beer, farming, working at a food bank — and even tailgating.
Ada Community Library
“Any Questions?” by Marie-Louise Gay.
Juvenile picture book. Have you ever wondered where stories come from? Gay leads readers on an exploration of her fun and messy process in a story about a shy giant and a purple beast. The children and animals in her whimsical mixed-media illustrations will delight readers with their questions about and very creative solutions to literary challenges. Enjoyed by grades K-2nd grade.