Boise Public Library
“Xerxes: A Persian Life” by Richard Stoneman.
Nonfiction. Xerxes has often been portrayed as an evil oppressor, one who spectacularly lost a battle against 300 Spartans. This meticulously researched biography brings to light the successes of his reign and political savvy, including his rule of Egypt, his building projects and the financial affluence of his kingdom.
Eagle Public Library
“Holey Moley” by Lois Ehlert.
Children’s picture book. Get to know Mole, the underground protector of the garden. Some think that Mole is a garden pest, but he’s really a pest-preventer. Mole keeps worms and caterpillars and other crawly bugs from eating the growing vegetables so that at harvest time, there is a bounty of yummy goodies for the gardeners to enjoy — and Mole is chubby from all the eating he has done and ready to get cozy in his burrow for winter. This colorful gem from Caldecott Honoree Lois Ehlert is sure to delight nature lovers of all ages.
Meridian Public Library
“Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear” by Margee Kerr.
Nonfiction. In this eye-opening, adventurous book, Margee Kerr takes us on a tour of the world’s scariest experiences: into an abandoned prison long after dark, hanging by a cord from the highest tower in the Western Hemisphere, and deep into Japan’s “suicide forest.” Along the way, Kerr shows us the surprising science from the newest studies of fear — what it means, how it works and what it can do for us.
“My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout.
Adult fiction. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling of Lucy herself: observant, deeply human and truly unforgettable.
Garden City Library
“Radiance” by Catherynne M. Valente.
Adult fiction. Set in an alternate history and a time of space exploration, “Radiance” is unlike any book you have read. While deeply rooted in science fiction as the protagonist films documentaries on the species of other planets, this novel contains elements of today’s Hollywood, opera and deco-punk. For fans of the unusual and unexpected, this novel is sure to stick with you long after you put it down.
Ada Community Library
“The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George.
Adult CD audio fiction. On a barge in the Seine by Paris is a bookstore called the Literary Apothecary run by a gentleman with two cats, Monsieur Perdu. He specializes in prescribing just the right books to get people through difficult times, though hiding a dark secret of his own. This is a beautiful book about the joy and pain in older and newer connections with others, as Perdu and friends work on their personal challenges while exploring the French countryside from its rivers.
Nampa Public Library
“American Ghost” by Hannah Nordhaus.
Adult nonfiction. Nordhaus follows her successful “The Beekeeper’s Lament” with the astonishing story of her great-great-grandmother Julia Schuster Staab, who traveled from Germany in 1866 to New Mexico and eventually into the stuff of legend as the troubled ghost that haunts the La Posada Hotel of Santa Fe. Julia is New Mexico’s most famous apparition and, were it not for those stories, Nordhaus would probably never have written this book. The author’s multifaceted work brings Julia back to life and explores the journey it took to rediscover her narrative.