Boise Public Library
“The Lake” by Perrine Leblanc.
Fiction. Imagine a picturesque village, surrounded by a beautiful forest and river. And tucked away in the center of the forest is a lake that the locals call “the tomb.” Three young women have disappeared there, one by one. Two villagers decide to leave their home in search of a new life. But they cannot forget or run from the truth.
Eagle Public Library
“Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share” by Kristin Donnelly.
Adult nonfiction. This is the cookbook for today’s potluckers, delivering Instagram-worthy dishes packed with exciting, bold flavors. Perfect for a crowd, the recipes navigate carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan preferences. Beautiful color photographs accompany lots of practical information (such as how to pack foods to travel). This is the ultimate book for gathering friends and family around an abundant, delicious meal.
Meridian Public Library
“My Brilliant Idea: (And How it Caused My Downfall)” by Stuart David.
Teen fiction. Jack “The Jackdaw” Dawson is a young man with a serious plan. Daydreaming in class one day, Jack gets an idea so brilliant, so visionary, so downright fantastic, he knows it can’t fail: an app that stops you from getting into trouble for daydreaming in class. Fame, glory and tons of money seem just around the corner — but then Jack runs into a few problems. Can The Jackdaw complete his scheme, or is this too much for even his superior brain to cope with?
“Unhooked” by Lisa Maxwell.
Teen fantasy fiction. For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer. But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all. … Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the Neverland you’ve heard about in stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe. Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself?
Garden City Library
“Grover Cleveland, Again!” by Ken Burns and Gerald Kelley.
Juvenile nonfiction. Have you ever wondered how many pets Theodore Roosevelt had? How Chester Arthur died after only 10 months in office? Why Grover Cleveland appears two separate times in any list of U.S. presidents? This beautifully illustrated children’s reference by renowned historian Ken Burns answers all these questions and more. More than just a list of the presidents and their achievements, Burns writes on a level children can understand about the history of the times and the events that made the nation, as well as the little-known facts that make each president human.
Ada Community Library
“A Few of the Girls: Stories” by Maeve Binchy.
Adult fiction. In her honest and compelling style, Maeve Binchy tells the stories of many layers of women’s friendships and relationships. The portrayal of all-too-human people with flaws who bounce their emotional damage off of each other makes for great reading. The stories do not offer clear-cut images of what constitutes a good or bad relationship, just how many strengths and misunderstood frailties go unobserved between people who believe they share emotional intimacies.
Nampa Public Library
“Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots” by David Fisher.
Adult nonfiction. The must-have companion to Bill O’Reilly’s historical docudrama “Legends and Lies: The Patriots,” an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leaders. The American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against each other, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. These were the times that tried men’s souls: No one was on stable ground, and few could be trusted. Through the fascinating tales of the first Americans, “Legends and Lies: The Patriots” reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the country into a war zone. From the riots over a child’s murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the suspicious return of Ben Franklin, the “First American,” from the Continental Army’s first victory under George Washington’s leadership, to the little-known southern guerilla campaign of “Swamp Fox” Francis Marion, and the celebration of America’s first Christmas, “The Patriots” re-creates the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy and luck that led to this country’s creation.