Boise Public Library
“Zigzag” by Bill Pronzini.
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Mystery. The latest in Pronzini’s Nameless Detective collection. This book includes two novellas and two short stories, all with a hardboiled detective theme. Murderous plots, whodunits and investigating threats from a dead man will have you wishing for more.
Eagle Public Library
“Still Here” by Lara Vapnyar.
Adult fiction. Follow the intertwined lives of four immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home and the absurdities of the digital age. Vica, Vadik, Sergey and Regina met in Russia in their school days but remained in touch and now have very different American lives. As Sergey develops an app to preserve a person’s online presence after death — a formidable debate begins in the group, spurring questions about the changing perception of death in the modern world and the future of our virtual selves. How do our online personas define us in our daily lives, and what will they say about us when we’re gone?
Meridian Public Library
“Be a Friend” by Salina Yoon.
Picture book. Dennis is quiet and likes to wear stripes. He has his own way of expressing himself. It takes imagination to understand him. Not everyone wants to bother, which makes Dennis a bit sad. Joy is not like Dennis … or the other kids. When she looks at Dennis, she sees a friend. But friendships don’t happen overnight. Bit by bit, Joy shyly inches her way to Dennis. When she finally meets him, their worlds change — and who they are in it becomes a perfect fit.
“Riders” by Veronica Rossi.
Teen fiction. Nothing but death can keep 18-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does. While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen — Conquest, Famine and Death — are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. They fail. If Gideon stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for — not to mention all of humankind — he needs to convince skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. But will anyone believe him?
Garden City Library
“The Butcher Bird” by S.D. Sykes.
Adult fiction. The sequel to “Plague Land,” this novel begins with Oswald de Lacy in his new position as the Lord of Somershill Manor. A newborn child is found dead and more children are disappearing each day while a gruesome rumor about a butcher bird is running rampant among the people. Determined to prove the bird is nothing but superstition, Oswald sets out on a journey filled with intrigue to find the true offender.
Ada Community Library
“I am Pusheen the Cat” by Claire Belton.
Adult graphic fiction. If you are familiar with the animated plump gray cat available in the emoticon world of communication, Pusheen is a gray tabby. This is the back-story of the character and tells you much about the feline world in a graphic manner. Enjoy and laugh and meet his little sister, Stormy, while also learning the origins behind his name. An enjoyable book for all ages.
Nampa Public Library
“I’d Know that Voice Anywhere: My favorite NPR Commentaries” by Frank Deford.
Adult nonfiction. Frank Deford is one of the most beloved sports journalists in America. A contributing writer to Sports Illustrated for more than 50 years, and a longtime correspondent on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, these days, Deford is perhaps best known for his weekly commentaries on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” In “I’d Know that Voice Anywhere,” Deford discusses everything from sex scandals and steroids to why, in a culture dominated by celebrity, sport is the only field on Earth where popularity and excellence thrive in tandem. This page-turning compendium covers more than 30 years of sports history while showcasing the vast range of Deford’s interests and opinions, including his thoughts on the NCAA, why gay athletes “play straight” and why he’s worried about living in an economy that is so dominated by golfers.