Boise Public Library
“The Hanging Girl,” by Jussi Adler-Olsen.
Thriller. Detective Carl Mørck works cold cases. When a 17-year-old murder comes across his desk, he is initially dismissive. But the case heats up when it is linked to a strange sun worshipping cult. Mørck and his associates must unravel the twisted mystery and go undercover in an attempt to foil a series of new murders.
Eagle Public Library
“Step Aside Pops,” by Kate Beaton.
Adult graphic novel. Beaton’s second book applies her incisive wit to historical, literary, and contemporary figures. She makes jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists and others in equal measure. With carefully placed lines, she captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, Heathcliff’s disgruntled dismay and Wonder Woman’s all-conquering ennui.
Meridian Public Library
“The Weight of Feathers,” by Anna-Marie McLemore.
Teen fiction. The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for more than a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows, and when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, Cluck Corbeau saves Lace Paloma’s life. His touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep could be gravely dangerous.
“A Tale of Light and Shadow,” by Jacob Gowans.
Teen fantasy. Enter Atolas, a world where the Path of Magic is feared by all but a chosen few, and friendships and feuds can change the fate of kingdoms. Henry, a lowly carpenter, has sworn to marry the love of his life, and his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both him and his beloved their lives. At the same time, a dark prophecy has set events into motion that will eclipse the entire world in shadow... if an unlikely hero doesn’t step up to the plate.
Garden City Library
“Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up,” by Marie Kondo.
Adult nonfiction. If you loved Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” you will want to read her second book. This book contains illustrated step-by-step folding instructions, drawings of organized closets and answers to frequently asked questions about the KonMari Method.
Ada Community Library
“Wait,” by Antoinette Portis.
Juvenile picture book. A young mom is trying to get her young son to their morning train on time. “Hurry,” she says. He wants to stop and explore the wonders of the world around him. “Wait,” is his response. Portis’ illustrations are a skillful balance of simplicity with detail. This is the story of a gentle tug of war in which both parent and child aged 3 years through 6, emerge winners.
Nampa Public Library
“Rogue Lawyer,” by John Grisham.
Adult fiction. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates and only one employee, his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun. Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior. Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty and impossible to put down, “Rogue Lawyer” showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.