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Recommendations from Treasure Valley librarians

Boise Public Library

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“The Gangster” by Clive Cussler.

Thriller. When a horrific gang starts a terror rampage in New York City, Detective Isaac Bell is determined to get to the bottom of the crime spree. He must decide whether the fear tactics are imitators causing chaos or a dark conspiracy to get to the most powerful man alive.

Garden City Library

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“The Murder of Mary Russell” by Laurie R. King.

Adult fiction. An armed confrontation at the Holmes house in Suffolk will force Mrs. Hudson — and her employer — to face the past in a way neither thought possible. This book alternates action in the present with fascinating flashbacks that tell another side of one of the most recognizable, yet unsung, characters of the Sherlock Holmes canon.

Eagle Public Library

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“Slow Fires” by Justin Smillie.

Adult nonfiction. For all who enjoy the complex flavors that result from proper braising, roasting and grilling, here’s an instant classic from Upland Chef Justin Smillie. The fundamental technique of each cooking method is explored and is enhanced with variations on techniques, altering ratios of moisture and intensities of heat and reversing expected processes. You’ll soon master recipes such as braised chicken legs cooked in the juices of overcrowded peppers and tender peppercorn-crusted short ribs.

Meridian Public Library

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“A Friend for Mole” by Nancy Armo.

Picture book. Mole is quite fond of his cozy burrow. He likes his soft bed of leaves, the warm smell of the earth and the quiet darkness all around. But one day, he ventures outside and gets lost. Suddenly the world feels strange and frightening. And then he realizes he’s not alone. Something is out there. Is it something scary? Or a new friend for Mole?

Kuna Library

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“Everybody’s Fool” by Richard Russo.

Adult fiction. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years; the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends; Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). Plus many more, including Charice Bond — a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office — as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.

Ada Community Library

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“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness.

Young adult/teen fiction. It seems like every teen novel these days has a chosen one? You know, the girl whose whole family died and now she has the ability to talk to ghosts. Or the boy no one seems to notice until the day he’s forced to save the school from an army of the undead? But what about the regular kids that aren’t the chosen ones and just want to go to prom and graduate without an evil force blowing up the school? “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” is their story. Patrick Ness’ novel is not only a fun and satirical take on the types of stories that permeate teen literature today, it is also a heartfelt novel with likable characters and relatable situations — well, except for the part where the Queen of the Immortals tries to take over the world.

Nampa Public Library

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“The Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly.

Adult fiction. Martha Hall Kelly’s compelling first novel follows three women through the course of World War II and beyond. Caroline, a wealthy New Yorker, volunteers at the French consulate in New York, assisting refugees and raising funds. She meets Paul, a charming, married French actor, and sparks fly. Kasia, a young woman living in Poland during the Nazi invasion, works for the resistance until she is captured and sent to Ravensbruck, the women’s concentration camp. There, she encounters Herta, a doctor hired to help execute inmates and perform experiments. Though her mother is Herta’s trusted assistant, Kasia is operated on, joining the “Rabbits,” inmates deformed from their surgeries. After the war, Caroline travels to France to assist in locating missing people, where she learns about the Rabbits, including Kasia, who is struggling to let go of her anger and move on with her life.

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