Recommendations from Treasure Valley librarians

Boise Public Library

“Starbound” by David Bara.

Science fiction. A centuries-old battle left a space station abandoned and forgotten. Lieutenant Commander Peter Cochrane and his crew are deployed to investigate. But little do they know, something ghastly is waiting.

Eagle Public Library

“A Week Without Tuesday” by Angelica Banks.

Children’s nonfiction. Tuesday and her dog, Baxterr, know that the library is the place where the real world meets the imaginary world. But what do you do when the two worlds collide? This sequel thrills middle-grade readers and encourages their creativity.

Meridian Public Library

“Fast to the Table Freezer Cookbook: Freezer-Friendly Recipes and Frozen Food Shortcuts” by Becky Rosenthal.

Cookbook. Here are recipes both for great make-ahead-and-freeze meals and dishes that use frozen ingredients such as veggies, meats, pie crusts and more. If you buy groceries in bulk, discover how to break down your purchases into usable, smaller servings that can be frozen and incorporated into dishes for later. This is freezer cooking at its best.

Kuna Library

“The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury.

Teen fantasy. When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity — only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story.

Garden City Library

“City of Secrets” by Stewart O’Nan.

Adult fiction. “City of Secrets” follows the journey of a Jewish refugee who flees to Palestine following the Second World War. Hunted as illegals by the authorities, Brand must rely on the underground to shelter and provide for him. However, these provisions come at a price and he finds himself sent out on ever more dangerous missions, all the while suspecting there is more going on than he is being told.

Ada Community Library

“Life Is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel” by Judith Fein.

Adult nonfiction. This author wrote Hollywood screenplays and then reevaluated her choices to continue her writing career — as a travel writer of essays that prove unplanned detours might be some of the best experiences of discovery. She works as a columnist for Spirituality & Health magazine. Now she offers a selection of fascinating events in a series of her essays. Travel vicariously to North Vietnam, Guatemala, Nova Scotia and Turkey, just to name a few of the countries, and see them through Fein’s spirit of unpredictable adventure.

Nampa Public Library

“The Whole 30” by Melissa Hartwig.

Adult nonfiction. Millions of people visit every month and share their stories of weight loss and lifestyle makeovers. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s Whole30 program has helped people transform how they think about their food, bodies and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health — along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels mood and self-esteem. Now they bring you a stand-alone, step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion and strengthen your immune system. The Whole30 features more than 100 chef-developed recipes, like Chimichurri Beef Kabobs and Halibut with Citrus Ginger Glaze, designed to build your confidence in the kitchen and inspire your taste buds. The book also includes real-life success stories, community resources and extensive FAQ to give you the support you need on your journey to “food freedom.”