Valley librarians recommend books

Boise Public Library

“The Vanishing” by Gerard Woodward.

Adult fiction. “The Vanishing” is an ambitious and mysterious novel that tells the story of a young soldier and British artist named Kenneth Brill, arrested as a potential spy by the British military for painting a new military airfield. It sounds like a thriller, with shifting scenes of Brill’s ongoing interrogation cutting to his attempts with his partner to deploy camouflage techniques for the British Army in the desert, leavened by scenes of Brill’s childhood growing up on the Heath outside of London and his growing interest and obsession with art. Patience with this novel is a virtue as it slowly reveals itself, and Brill and his own demons, as the interrogation runs its course and strips away any illusions we develop of his character.

Eagle Public Library

“A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz” by Goran Rosenberg.

Adult nonfiction. On Aug. 2, 1947, a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish village to begin his life anew after having survived the death camp at Auschwitz. Thus starts the shattering memoir by a journalist about his father’s attempt to survive the slave camps and transports in the final months of Nazi Germany.

Meridian Public Library

“Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home” by Jessica Fechtor.

Nonfiction. At 28, Jessica Fechtor was a Harvard graduate student, happily married and thinking about starting a family. Then one morning an aneurysm burst in her brain. Multiple surgeries left her skull deformed and she lost her sense of smell and the sight in her left eye. Fechtor’s journey to recovery began in the kitchen as soon as she was able to stand at the stovetop and stir. There, she learned that food had something to tell her, and that it felt good to listen.

Kuna Library

“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.

Teen fantasy fiction. Mare Barrow is a lowly Red, one of the common people destined by their red blood to live as servants and peasants all their lives while the noble, magically talented Silvers rule and oppress from on high. But a chance encounter with a prince uncovers the truth about Mare: Despite being a Red, she, too, has an extraordinary Silver ability. The royal family forces Mare to live as a Silver and marry one of their sons to cover this up – but Mare has other plans and seeks to overthrow the Silvers from within. But in a world where Silver and Red hate each other and backstabbing and intrigue are a way of life in the Silver courts, who can Mare trust?

Garden City Library

“Chocolate Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes that are Secretly Good for You” by Katie Higgins.

Nonfiction. In this first book from healthy dessert blogger Katie Higgins, you will find brand new recipes that are not in her blog. You can turn simple, easy-to-find ingredients into tasty recipes that are vegan and guilt-free. There are recipes for pancakes, cookies, protein bars, ice cream and deep-dish pies. Some recipes require a blender or food processor and include hidden ingredients like zucchini, chickpeas and garbanzo beans. There are great pictures for every recipe with caloric information, protein and fiber counts, and even weight-watchers points.

Ada Community Library

“The Terrible & Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distance” by Matthew Inman.

Adult autobiographical graphic novel. If you wish to experience the dedication and obsession of running long distances, this book will tickle your funny bone amidst all the muscular and physical discomforts inherent in the process. You’ll enjoy Matthew Inman’s altruistic account of his alternative persona The Blerch, and the fat little cupid who follows him while he runs marathons as far away as Japan, continually muttering and discouraging him in his pursuit of an ideal time and improved body image.

Nampa Public Library

“The Mark of the Dragonfly” by Jaleigh Johnson.

Teen fiction. Since her father’s death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, 13-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.