New at Southern Idaho libraries

Boise Public Library

“Once They Were Hats” by Frances Backhouse.

History. Explore our 15,000-year relationship with the indomitable beaver. From their impact on our ecosystems and topography to our relentless hunting, these creatures have been an important part of our world for thousands of years. Learn how we move forward after their near extinction and build this essential animal back to its former glory.

Eagle Public Library

“Cook for Your Life” by Ann Ogden Ganney.

Adult nonfiction. “Cook for Your Life” is a one-of-a-kind cookbook for those whose lives are touched by cancer, organized by the patient’s needs. So many cancer cookbooks are too complicated to follow for someone going through the treatment, or too clinical and uninspired to encourage anyone with compromised taste buds to enjoy. Recipes are organized into categories according to the way patients feel and their needs in the moment: “Simple” recipes when the patient is fatigued, “Safe” recipes when a patient’s immune system is compromised, and “Spicy” recipes when a patient is feeling better and needs to wake up her taste buds. With its warmth, authority, beautiful design and smartly conceived format, “Cook for Your Life” empowers patients and families to cook their way back to health.

Meridian Public Library

“The Bitter Side of Sweet,” by Tara Sullivan.

Teen fiction. When 15-year-old Amadou and his little brother, Seydou, left their family in Mali to find work, they never imagined they’d end up as forced labor on a Cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast, but that’s exactly what happened. And with each passing day, their resolve to keep going grows even weaker. That is until Khadija arrives. She reawakens old impulses in Amadou to run, and when the unthinkable happens to Seydou, they realize the only thing that truly counts is their freedom.

Kuna Library

“All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders.

Adult science fantasy. When Patricia Delfine was 6 years old, a wounded bird led her deep into the forest to the Parliament of Birds, where she met the Great Tree and was asked a question that would determine the course of her life. When Laurence Armstead was in grade school, he cobbled together a wristwatch-sized device that could send its wearer two seconds into the future. When Patricia and Laurence first met in high school, they didn’t understand one another at all. But as time went on, they kept bumping into one another’s lives. Now they’re both grown up, and the planet is falling apart around them. Neither Laurence nor Patricia can keep pace with the speed at which things fall apart. But something bigger than either of them, something begun deep in their childhoods, is determined to bring them together.

Garden City Library

“A Window Opens” by Elizabeth Egan.

Adult fiction. Alice Pearse has three great kids, a loving husband and a part-time job that lets her get to the city a few times a week. But everything changes when her husband makes a radical career change that necessitates her taking a high-powered full-time job. Alice’s new balancing act between her family and her intense schedule is relatable and human and will appeal to anyone who has struggled with fast-paced modern life.

Ada Community Library

“Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation” by Michael Keller.

Adult graphic nonfiction. In this lovely and artistic simplification of some of the key concepts of Darwin’s theory of evolution, much can be shown by the effective use of illustrations created by Nicolle Rager Fuller. From the emotional and historical context of his era of discovery to the maps, graphs and incredible illustrations of animals, plants, insects and other fauna, this is an excellent approach to sharing Darwin’s knowledge in an easy-to-appreciate format.

Nampa Public Library

“Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man” by William Shatner.

Adult nonfiction. Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In 79 television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine. Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life. As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, “Leonard” is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.