Books recommended by southern Idaho librarians

Boise Public Library

“The Story of the Fiesta Bowl” by Barry Wilner.

Juvenile nonfiction. This book tells the history of the Fiesta Bowl and some of the most exciting games, including the 2007 Boise State University upset over Oklahoma. Photos and clear text make this an exciting read.

Nampa Public Library

“Behind the Canvas” by Alexander P. Vance.

Juvenile fiction. Claudia Miravista, a lonely sixth-grader who loves creating and viewing artwork, becomes involved in an unusual task: rescuing a boy named Pim from a mysterious land behind the world’s art canvases. At the local art museum, Claudia’s classmates laugh at her when she tells them that she saw a blue-eyed boy staring out from a painting of three Dutch gentlemen. However, the observant art curator realizes that Claudia has a special gift, and he ensures that Claudia meets his wise, ancient grandmother. Granny Custos gives Claudia a bit of esoteric information and a quest, helping Claudia travel into Pim’s world.

Eagle Public Library

“TACOS” by Alex Stupak.

Adult nonfiction. Chef Alex Stupak’s “TACOS” will change the way you make — and think about — tacos forever. Fresh tortillas with innovative grains and flavor infusions; salsas which range from simple chopped condiments to complex moles that simmer for hours and have flavor for days; and fillings (both traditional and modern) that range from pineapple-topped pork al pastor to pastrami with mustard seeds. Stupak’s stunning book makes the case that Mexican food should be esteemed as the highest French cooking.

Meridian Public Library

“And After Many Days” by Jowhor Ile.

Fiction. During the rainy season of 1995 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 17-year-old Paul Utu leaves home to visit a friend — never to return. His disappearance shatters his once loving and orderly family, who searches for answers in a country riven by police brutality, power shortages and student protests.

Kuna Library

“Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck” by Adam Cohen.

Adult nonfiction. ln 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. Here, Adam Cohen exposes the court’s decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman who it wrongly thought to be “feebleminded” and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirables for the greater good of the country. Before the madness ended, some 60,000 to 70,000 Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in the relentless pursuit of the truth. With intellectual force and passion, “Imbeciles” is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress.

Garden City Library

“What James Said” by Liz Rosenberg.

Juvenile fiction. A funny, heartfelt, perfectly pitched story about misunderstandings and the importance of true friendship. When a little girl thinks that her best friend James has been saying bad things about her behind her back, she takes action in the form of the silent treatment. As they go about their day and James tries harder and harder to get her to talk to him, they both realize that true friendship surpasses any rumor ... or misunderstanding. A classic childhood situation is brought to life with humor and poignancy, with energetic illustrations by Matt Myers and a simple, telling text by Liz Rosenberg.

Ada Community Library

“Doc Hawk: Stories for Everyone” by Dr. Leon R. Powers.

Adult nonfiction. Local author and naturalist Leon R. Powers has written down some of the most interesting encounters with nature, from pocket gophers to lizards and birds. Did you know robins hunt voles to feed their young? Or that electrical tape can be used to fix fallen hummingbird nests? Fluorescent fairy dust studies of lizard movements and other observations show us how interactions between species affect each other and make great tales.