Boise Public Library
“Hystopia” by David Means.
Alternate history. Ever wonder what it would be like if JFK were never assassinated and he led us through the Vietnam war? This book within a book follows two stories, one of JFK’s third term and founding of the Psych Corps to help veterans erase painful memories, and that of Meg, whose erased memories are the key to discovering a murderer.
Eagle Public Library
“And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air” by Bill Streever.
Adult nonfiction. Scientist Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind — the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them — by traveling right through it. Streever leads readers through the world’s first forecasts, Chaos Theory and a future affected by climate change. He shares stories of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated power, wind-tossed airplanes and the uncomfortable interactions between wind and wars, drawing from natural science, history, business, travel, as well as from his own travels. You’ll never see a breeze in the same light again.
Meridian Public Library
“A Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 8-Foot Seas” by Michael J. Tougias.
Children’s nonfiction. On May 2, 2007, three veteran sailors set out on an epic voyage from Florida to France. But the trip turns into a nightmare when their 47-foot sailboat disappears along the Gulf Stream in the throes of a calamitous storm. In this adaptation of his adult book “A Storm Too Soon,” Michael J. Tougias also tells the story of the four intrepid coast guardsman who brave the savage storm in the hopes of saving the stranded sailors.
“All Is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker.
Adult fiction. In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Conn., everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world. As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town — or perhaps lives among them — drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.
Garden City Library
“The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan.
Adult fiction. Mansoor Ahmed is with two friends in the Delhi market one day in 1996 when tragedy strikes. A series of “small” bombs are set off around the world, and in Delhi, Mansoor survives while his friends are killed instantly. Years later, Mansoor meets an activist and a bomb maker who are willing to sacrifice everything for their homeland.
Ada Community Library
“The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows.
Adult CD fiction. Written about a time in the summer of 1938 when young, well-off Layla Beck is cut off from her father’s money. She takes a job with the Federal Writers Project, a New Deal writing job documenting the history of the small mill town of Macedonia, W.Va. The voice of the story is told as if seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Willa Romeyn, whose family Layla boards with. Willa is a precocious reader and observer who inadvertently opens up a can of worms about a mill fire that killed her Aunt Jottie’s beau. Was it her rascally father’s fault, and is he a bootlegger?
Nampa Public Library
“The Girls” by Emma Cline.
Adult fiction. Bored teenager Evie Boyd is mesmerized by a young woman she spots wandering through a park one summer afternoon. It’s 1969 in Petaluma, Calif., and Suzanne represents the glamour of the counterculture to lonely Evie, whose newly divorced mother dabbles in the watered-down, pseudo-hippie trends typical of the era. A second encounter brings Evie firmly into Suzanne’s orbit and introduces Evie to a “family” of hangers-on surrounding Russell, a charismatic musician who holds court at a dilapidated ranch just outside town. Soon Evie is spending her free time at the ranch, dumpster-diving for food, getting high with her new friends and buying into Russell’s philosophies of free love and communal living. But there’s a darker side to life at the ranch, and hard drugs and isolation begin to feed the family’s paranoia, leading to a devastating, violent act. Using the Manson family and the Tate-LaBianca murders as her template, Cline pushes past the myths, vividly imagining how the darkness crept in and turned a group of idealistic young adults into cold-blooded killers.