Treasure Valley librarians recommend novel set in Idaho, others

Boise Public Library

“Flying Frogs and Walking Fish” by Steve Jenkins.

Juvenile nonfiction. Did you know that a sea pig walks on the ocean floor with tube-like feet? Or that a coconut crab can shimmy up a palm tree to snip the stalk of a coconut so it can crack it open with its claws and eat the insides? Using colorful illustrations and simple text, this book explains about all sorts of ways different creatures use to move on land, through water and in the air.

Eagle Public Library

“Margherita’s Notebook” by Elisabetta Flumeri.

Adult fiction. Margherita is a spirited young woman with a passion for cooking. When her heart is broken in Rome, she returns to her hometown of Roccafitta, a small Tuscan village filled with lovable eccentrics and beautiful vineyards. She dreams of saving enough money to reopen her late mother’s restaurant and hopes she may find help from the handsome and wealthy stranger in town, Nicola Ravelli. Though she works for Nicola as his personal chef, the two dislike one another immediately. Yet Nicola gradually discovers that he is the one being seduced, and Margherita realizes that she is expressing much more through her cooking than she cares to admit.

Meridian Public Library

“Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind and Soul” by Andrew Schulman.

Nonfiction. Andrew Schulman, a 57-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds — and with the help of music — he survived: a medical miracle. Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to dedicate his life to bringing music to critically ill patients. In “Waking the Spirit,” you’ll see the incredible role music can play in a modern hospital setting.

Garden City Library

“All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation” by Rebecca Traister.

Adult nonfiction. Through historical documents, interviews and firsthand experience, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister documents the rise of single women in American society through the decades and how the drastic increase in women living singly is affecting culture and the way we look at women’s rights. Whether you agree with all of her conclusions or not, the result is an interesting look at a modern phenomenon.

Ada Community Library

“Things Good Girls Don’t Do” by Codi Gary.

Adult fiction. Idaho author Codi Gary has created an imaginary town of Rock Canyon, Idaho. This is the first book in her Rock Canyon series. In this contemporary romance, Katie is a well-behaved woman who meets up with a motorcycle-riding tattoo artist named Chase who moved into town. He gives her the nickname “Firecracker,” offering change in her small-town life. The assumptions local folks have about what outward appearances actually mean must change.

Nampa Public Library

“The Mixed-Up Truck” by Stephen Savage.

Juvenile fiction. It’s Cement Mixer’s first day on the job, and he doesn’t want to make any mistakes. How can he help the other trucks on the construction site? By mixing some powdery white cement, of course. He mixes it up, adds a little water, and presto — a cake?! He must have mixed flour instead of cement. Not to worry, he’ll try again — and presto! Frosting?! He’ll keep trying until he gets it just right and it’s time for one more mixing: a bubble bath!

Kuna Library

“The Gallery” by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.

Young adult fiction. It’s 1929, and 12-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. But despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household — specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room. The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there’s more to the story — and that the paintings in the Sewells’ gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth. But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say they are. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code and solve the mystery of what’s really going on with Rose Sewell?