Boise Public Library
“The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters.
Adult fiction. The author of “The Little Strangers” presents the reader here with a post-World War I suspense of the highest order. In a mannerly, respective English home lives a widow and her only daughter, who have had to take in lodgers in order to maintain their home and lifestyle. The women tentatively welcome into their home a young couple who quickly overturn their lives. Waters’ smooth and inviting prose urges the story forward and the central voice of Frances, the lonely daughter, reveals longing, sexual tension and ultimately desperation.
Eagle Public Library
“Joey & Johnny, the Ninjas : Get Mooned” by Kevin Serwacki and Chris Pallace.
Children’s fiction. A funny and entertaining series about Joey and Johnny, best friends who are both ninjas-in-training at Kick Foot Academy. The school’s rival academy comes into possession of a state-of-the-art weapon that is definitely not ninja! The schools are locked in an epic battle — the winner of which will reign supreme, while the other school will shut down forever.
Ada Community Library
“My Old Lady” by various actors, including Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith.
Adult fiction DVD. A man in his 50s inherits a Paris apartment from his father. Forsaking his alcoholic ways and unsuccessful career as a writer, he shows up at the door to start a new chapter of his sad life. As part of an antiquated investment design by the French government, it is possible to invest in occupied properties while waiting for all claims on the property to pass away. This means an elderly woman and her daughter are in residence.
A thoughtful, unfolding story of shared past memories is beautifully acted by this cast.
Meridian Public Library
“The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat.
Picture book. This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and — at long last — is given his special name: Beekle.
“Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla” by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
Children’s picture book. Captured as a baby, Ivan the gorilla was brought to a shopping mall in the United States and used to attract customers. But a shopping mall is no place for a gorilla, and when customers noticed how sad and lonely Ivan was, they decided to do something about it.
Garden City Library
“Does this beach make me look fat?” by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.
Adult nonfiction. Set aside worries with this light, funny read, a collection of short stories perfect for those who say they don’t read, and that most women can relate to. The mother-daughter pair provides multigenerational ways to look at everyday events, helping you to laugh more and worry less. From dating to working out to pets, they cover the spectrum of female life and the bonds of family and prove that humor is ageless.
Nampa Public Library
“The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel” by Melissa de La Cruz.
Youth fiction. The teen offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil search for a cursed magical relic that will help them escape from the dreary isle where their wicked parents have been exiled.