Books

Treasure Valley librarians recommend books, including adult fiction

Boise Public Library

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“Listen to the Moon” by Michael Morpurgo.

Juvenile fiction. Lucy and her mother set sail in May 1915 on the Lusitania to visit her father, who is in England recovering from an injury from the war. On the Scilly Isles, north of Cornwall, a boy and his father find a young girl crying on the beach. She’s unable to speak, carries only a teddy bear and is wrapped in a blanket with the tag “Wilhelm.” Alfie and his family take the girl in and nurse her back to health, but suspicion by other residents of the island that the girl is German puts Alfie and his family at risk. A poignant novel about friendship, trust and kindness.

Eagle Public Library

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“Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel” by Mignon F. Ballard.

Adult fiction. When first-grade teacher Dimple Kirkpatrick’s librarian friend, Virginia, finds a young woman, Dora, on the library porch looking for a place to spend the night, soft-hearted Miss Dimple brings her food and a warm coat and tries to find her a place to stay. Then Dora disappears. The next morning, Miss Dimple answers a knock on the door and is greeted by a somewhat disheveled young woman with lustrous hair and a sunrise of a smile who claims she has been assigned to fill in at the house. Augusta Goodnight, a guardian angel, teams up with Dimple to solve the mystery of Dora’s murder.

Meridian Public Library

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“The Invoice” by Jonas Karlsson.

Fiction. Our hero, a passionate film buff, leads a life that revolves around his part-time job at a video store, the company of a few precious friends and a daily routine that more often than not concludes with pizza and a movie in his treasured small space in Stockholm. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything tumbles into madness. How will our carefree idealist, who has no chance of paying such a bill, find a way out of this mess?

Kuna Library

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“The Best Days Are Dog Days” by Aaron Meshon.

Children’s picture book. Pup the pug gets to do everything his human “sister” does — with his own added flair, of course. Together they eat, bathe and play. And tomorrow they will do it all again. Because when every day is a dog’s day, every day is the best day, especially when you can spend it with the person you love.

Garden City Library

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“You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice” by Tom Vanderbilt.

Nonfiction. If you are intrigued by why we like what we like and how our decisions are influenced, you will enjoy this book. Our opinions are constantly being shaped by outside forces; Tom Vanderbilt explores the mechanics of choice. He investigates how online media outlets use rating systems, stars and likes to predict what we want. Each chapter examines the world of human preference from different angles and how marketing affects our opinions.

Ada Community Library

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“Democracy” by Alecos Papadatos (artist), Abraham Kawa (writer) and Annie Di Donna (artist).

Adult graphic fiction. This graphic novel creatively illustrates the founding of democracy beginning in 490 B.C., with Athens at war. This fascinating work combines the distinctive art of Alecos Papadatos with the sharp script of Abraham Kawa to create a relatable host of characters. Weaving together historical events with Greek myth, “Democracy” creates a vibrant world gripped by problems of politics, religion, the founding of democracy and heartache. This human epic carries insights into the past and lessons for the future.

Nampa Public Library

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“The Square Root of Summer” by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

Young adult fiction. When the fabric of the universe around Gottie H. Oppenheimer’s seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past: to last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory. Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present and future are about to collide — and someone’s heart is about to be broken. This beautifully written young-adult debut is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss and trying to figure it all out.

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