Recommendations from southern Idaho librarians

Boise Public Library

“Devil’s Pocket” by John Dixon.

Science fiction. Orphan turned super soldier, Carl fears he may never escape the forced life of a mercenary. Can he find a way out and destroy the program that enslaved him?

Eagle Public Library

“The New Sugar & Spice” by Samantha Seneviratne.

Adult nonfiction. Filled with fascinating histories, origin stories and innovative uses for the world’s most enticing spices — including vanilla, cinnamon, peppercorns and cardamom — “The New Sugar & Spice” guarantees that dessert will be the most talked-about part of your meal. Veteran baker Samantha Seneviratne’s recipes will open your eyes to a world of baking possibilities: spicy, pepper-flecked Chile-Chocolate Truffles prove that heat and sweet really do go hand-in-hand, and a fresh batch of aromatic, cinnamon-laced Maple Sticky Buns will have the whole family racing into the kitchen.

Meridian Public Library

“I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives” by Dr. Roberto Canessa.

Nonfiction. This uplifting tale of hope and determination gives vivid new insight into the world-famous story that inspired the movie “Alive.” Canessa also draws a unique and fascinating parallel between his work as a doctor diagnosing very complex congenital cardiopathies in infants and the difficult life-changing decisions he was forced to make in the Andes.

Kuna Library

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys.

Teen fiction. World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all 10,000 people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the Light We Cannot See.”

Garden City Library

“The Watchmaker of Filigree Street” by Natasha Pulley.

Adult fiction. A mysteriously appearing watch. A devastating explosion. A chance meeting. Or was it? Thaniel’s life changes completely when he meets the enigmatic Watchmaker of Filigree Street, leading him into a series of events he could not even imagine. This book is very light science fiction, perfect for someone who wants to try out the genre without being overwhelmed by too much science.

Ada Community Library

“Pelican Dreams” by Judy Irving.

Adult nonfiction DVD. This is an amazing film with beautiful photography that tells the story of a young female pelican who is rescued by a police officer and concerned citizen from traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, this film shows a touching tale of a series of individuals and couples who spend their time trying to help avian members of our world, particularly seabirds. Judy Irving uses her personable narration and skills to show many aspects of the wild islands off Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands.

Nampa Public Library

“Beyond the Silence” by Tracie Peterson.

Adult fiction. Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going West, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, Calif., she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know. Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love or will it endanger her even more?