Recommendations from Treasure Valley librarians

Meridian Public Library

“A Fine Romance” by Candice Bergen.

Biography. In her deeply personal memoir, Hollywood star Candice Bergen takes you inside her life’s big events: her first marriage at age 34 to famous French director Louis Malle; her overpowering love for her daughter, Chloe; the unleashing of her inner comic with Murphy Brown; her trauma over Malle’s death; her joy at finding new love; and her pride at watching Chloe grow up.

Boise Public Library

“Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite” by Suki Kim.

Adult nonfiction. In “Without You There Is No Us,” Suki Kim, author of the novel “The Interpreter,” spends a year essentially undercover at a school for elite young men outside of Pyongyang, teaching them English. Under surveillance at all times and affectionate toward but not entirely trusting of her students, Kim encounters the mystery, intrigue and ignorance of a country forcefully shielded by its leaders from the rest of the world for 60 years. Chillingly, even her students lie to her routinely and badly, either to unthinkingly conform to the system they are a part of or to hide their own fears.

Ultimately, Kim recognizes that there can be no hope of reconciliation with her native South Korea in a country so corrupted and exploited by its ruling elite (to which many of her students will eventually ascend), but she is able to reveal many chilling images of what North Korea is for its people today.

Eagle Public Library

“Cultivating Garden Style” by Rachel Greayer.

Adult nonfiction. This book takes you through the design process to create an irresistible outdoor space. Dozens of garden styles are depicted with inspiring photos, including cottage au courant, sacred meadow, earthy contemporary and plush yoga.

Kuna Library

“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Children’s picture book. Every Sunday CJ and his nana ride the bus across town to go shopping. But today CJ complains about the trip, wondering why they have to wait in the rain for the bus and why they don’t have a car like everyone else. It’s Nana who opens CJ’s eyes and shows him the true beauty in the world around them, in the city, in everyday life, and in their neighbors and friends. A delightfully illustrated look at the love between a grandmother and grandson.

Garden City Library

“Orion and the Dark” by Emma Yarlett.

Juvenile fiction. Orion is a little boy with many fears, but his terror is never greater than it is in the shadows of the dark. That all changes when a celestial being named “the Dark” steps out of the sky to show little Orion how fun the Dark can be. The use of nocturnal blues and greens, coupled with this unique story of friendship, makes Orion and the Dark an amazing book for young children. Ages 3-7.

Ada Community Library

“Blue Stars” by Emily Gray Tedrowe.

Adult fiction. This is a touching story of two women — Ellen, an academic Edith Wharton professor, and the other, Lacey, a personal trainer. They have the similar experience of nursing a family member through recovery from extensive injuries during the conflict in Iraq. Lacey also has a support group for spouses of deployed soldiers. They each have different coping mechanisms for surviving an intense focus on each step and finding out what is left of their loved ones as they wake from comas. Their friendship changes both of them as they work together to survive.

Nampa Public Library

“I Was Here” by Gayle Forman.

Young adult fiction. College freshman Meg’s suicide shocks no one more than her best friend, Cody. To make Meg’s death even more unsettling, the last six months of her emails are missing from her computer. Certain that an outsider, a correspondent of Meg’s, pushed her to take her own life, Cody embarks on a quest to identify the culprit. Her journey proves both enlightening and dangerous as she traces the steps Meg took during her last weeks of life.