Boise Public Library
“Hanging Mary” by Susan Higginbotham.
Historical fiction. Based on the true story of Mary Surratt, this novel brings to life a little-known woman in history and her part in a famous plot. Delve into the conspiracy that led to President Lincoln’s assassination.
“The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald.
Adult fiction. Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor — there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair. You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.
Eagle Public Library
“The Everyday Baker” by Abigail Johnson Dodge.
Adult nonfiction. If you like, love or live to bake, this is the book for you. Serving as a road map through a baker’s kitchen, the book includes over 176 foolproof, innovative recipes all featuring must-know tips and techniques, all with comprehensive instructions. Hundreds of step-by-step photographs will help bakers of all skill levels bake with confidence and authority and wow your family and friends with the best desserts and baked goods of your life.
Meridian Public Library
“The Invisible Guardian” by Dolores Redondo.
Fiction. Already a No. 1 international bestseller, this taut, gripping psychological thriller follows a police inspector who reluctantly returns to her hometown in Spain’s Basque Country — a place shrouded in mythology and superstition — to solve a series of eerie murders.
Garden City Library
“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness.
Young adult fiction. Mikey knows that something is seriously wrong when all the indie kids — the most popular and highest-tier teens at his school — keep mysteriously disappearing. But he’s just a normal guy — do they really expect him to fight the zombies, ghosts and other creatures that are invading town?
Ada Community Library
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz.
Adult fiction. This is a continuation of Steig Larsson’s Millennium Series. Some of the main characters, Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, the tattooed and gifted hacker from the first volumes, remain essential to the plot. The murder of a promising researcher in artificial intelligence, leaving an isolated 8-year-old autistic son behind, seems to be part of an elaborate web of security breaches involving the NSA and underground hacker groups that add to a complicated series of additional homicides.
Nampa Public Library
“Been There, Done That: Family wisdom for modern times” by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts.
Adult nonfiction. In this joint memoir and parenting guide, weatherman Roker and journalist Roberts, who have been married for 20 years, share their experiences balancing a harmonious family life with highly demanding careers. Each of their early years lay the foundation for handling their own children’s struggles, from daughter Leila’s difficulty fitting in at middle school to son Nicky’s learning difficulties. Roberts also discusses the “mom guilt” she experiences when career and family obligations collide, and the heartbreak of her mother’s battle with dementia. On the success of their 20-year marriage, the couple stresses the importance of communication and “effort, love, patience, forgiveness, compassion.”