Boise Public Library
“Cities of Empire: the British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World” by Tristram Hunt.
Adult nonfiction. In “Cities of Empire,” author Tristram Hunt takes an urban history approach in examining 10 quintessential cities established by Great Britain that reflect the essentially urban nature of empire and the distinctly British manner in which the shaper of the empire was endlessly shaped and re-shaped as well. The author does not pass judgment on the evils of empire-building in cities ranging from Dublin and Boston to New Dehli, Capetown, and Hong Kong but instead sees the ability of empire to both enhance and undermine a place at the same time while inventing the modern city in all its myriad forms.
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Eagle Public Library
“Imaginary Fred” by Eoin Colfer.
Children’s picture book. Sam is a lonely little boy. When he wishes for a friend, Fred appears. Though Fred’s imaginary, he’s just what Sam needs and they form a friendship like no other. It’s a dazzlingly original picture book.
Meridian Public Library
“Mothman’s Curse” by Christine Hayes.
Children’s fiction. Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family’s auction house each week. But when she and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a hundred years. A desperate spirit, cursed jewelry and the horrible specter of Mothman all weave in and out of the puzzle that Josie must solve to break the curse and save her own life.
“Trust No One” by Paul Cleave.
Adult fiction. A famous writer of dark crime thrillers is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s, bringing his career to an abrupt end. As his dementia progresses, he calls his friends and family together to make a terrible confession: his books are not fiction, but true stories — and he committed the crimes himself. Everyone insists it’s all in his head, a side effect of his devastating illness — but is it?
Nampa Public Library
“The Copper Gauntlet” by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
Juvenile fiction. After realizing his father is trying to destroy him, Callum Hunt and Havoc, his Chaos-ridden wolf, escape back to the magical world where he and his friends become involved in the search for the stolen Alkahest. The best-selling co-author of the Spiderwick Chronicles and the best-selling author of the Infernal Devices series presents a second installment in the good-versus-evil series that began with “The Iron Trial.”
Ada Community Library
“Dinner with Buddha” by Roland Merullo.
Adult fiction. Otto Ringling and his brother-in-law, a Buddhist monk named Volya Rinpoche, are traveling to discover America during a break from Otto’s writing career. Their plans are loosely driven by a couple of speaking engagements that Volya has. He is a spiritual leader who holds retreats at the center that he and his wife, Shelsa, built around the old family farm. Nothing is as it seems, and the playful style of the author allows for sneaky enlightenment to occur.
Garden City Library
“Popular, a Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek” by Maya Van Wagenen.
Young adult nonfiction. Van Wagenen, an eighth-grader in Brownsville, Texas, decides to make herself popular using a guide written in the 1950s. This was a refreshing read that presents a world of contrasts between Maya’s quest to become better using 1950s manners and the reality of a school where teen pregnancies and weekly drug dog searches are commonplace. Van Wagenen hits the right balance of humor, insight and true emotion, creating a book that will make readers stop to think about what popularity really is.