Boise Public Library
“Choosing Courage” by Peter Collier.
Juvenile nonfiction. True stories of Medal of Honor recipients and ordinary people who do extraordinary things when faced with life-threatening danger are told in this collection of stories put together in collaboration with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Eagle Public Library
“Dinner Solved” by Katie Workman.
Adult nonfiction. If your family is filled with picky eaters and you’re running out of dinner ideas, help is on its way. Katie Workman shows you how easy it is to turn one dish into two or more. For example, Asian spareribs can start mild and sweet for less adventurous eaters — and then, in no time, become a zesty second version for spice lovers.
Meridian Public Library
“Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey through the Big-Money Culture of College Football” by Gilbert M. Gaul.
Nonfiction. What are the consequences when college football coaches are the highest-paid public employees in more than half the states in an economically troubled country, or when football players at some schools receive 10 times the amount of scholarship awards that academically gifted students do? Gilbert M. Gaul considers these and many other issues in a compelling account of how an astonishingly wealthy sports franchise has begun to reframe campus values.
“The Game of Love and Death” by Martha Brockenbrough.
Teen fantasy. For centuries two powerful entities — Love and Death — have played a game to determine who reigns supreme. Their chosen players have included Antony and Cleopatra, Helen and Paris, Romeo and Juliet, and other famous couples — but Death has always won each match. But when the next game brings forth two new players — Flora, a nightclub singer who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart, and Henry, a wealthy boy with a college scholarship awaiting him — can Love tip the scales once and for all?
Garden City Library
“Crooked Heart” by Lissa Evans.
Adult fiction. When orphaned Noel Bostock is transferred from London in order to escape the dangers of World War II, he is taken in by an eccentric widow in an outlying suburb, and an unlikely partnership is forged. When the young Noel is introduced to Vera’s scheming, the two begin to take full advantage of the underhanded opportunities for making money that the war has created. It soon becomes apparent that rather than creating a window of safety, leaving London has brought him closer than ever to danger.
Ada Community Library
“Little Red Riding Hood,” illustrated by Sybille Schenker, translated by Anthea Bell.
Juvenile fiction. Just when you thought you may have heard every version of a traditional folk tale, along comes a little girl in a red hood who has an experience with a wolf in a new style. The tale is translated from The Brothers Grimm and is a bit darker in some ways. Gloriously created in a handmade book style, the story unfolds with exquisite pages that illuminate the twists and turns of Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother.
Nampa Public Library
“A Work in Progress: A Memoir” by Connor Franta.
Adult nonfiction. In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation — so far. Franta offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his 20s, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur and taste-maker.