Boise Public Library
“Red Rising” by Pierce Brown.
Science fiction. Set in a dismal future where the human race belongs to a caste system based on colors, the Earth is dying. Darrow and his fellow reds labor in slave-like conditions under the notion they are helping prepare Mars for the rest of humanity’s colors to join them. Faced with a betrayal, Darrow starts on a journey of revolution.
Eagle Public Library
“Icarus” by Deon Meyer.
Adult fiction. Captain Benny Griessel, a lead detective in South Africa’s priority crimes unit, is assigned to investigate the murder of Ernst Richter, the tech whiz behind MyAlibi, a website which provides alibis, complete with phony documentation for a price. When Griessel is called to the scene of a multiple homicide involving a former colleague, his four years of sobriety are undone instantly. Soon there’s an unexpected connection to a storied family winery and Griessel’s reputation is on the line.
Meridian Public Library
“Gamelife: A Memoir” by Michael W. Clune.
Nonfiction. Gamelife is the memoir of a childhood transformed by technology. Afternoons spent gazing at pixelated maps and mazes train Michael’s eyes for the uncanny side of 1980s suburban Illinois. A game about pirates yields clues to the drama of cafeteria politics and locker-room hazing. And in the year of his parents’ divorce, a spaceflight simulator opens a hole in reality. In telling the story of his youth through seven computer games, Michael W. Clune captures the part of childhood we live alone.
“Sunny Side Up” by Jennifer and Matthew Holm.
Young adult nonfiction. Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer, a prospect that’s not as exciting as it sounds. Luckily, she soon meets a boy her own age — Buzz, a comic book nerd — and soon they’re having adventures of their own as they face down alligators, stray cats and mysterious neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t remain a secret much longer.
Nampa Public Library
“The Sweet Spot: How to find your groove at home and work” by Christine Carter.
Adult nonfiction. In this inspiring and influential new book, Christine Carter synthesizes the latest in neurological, psychological and sociological science to reveal the secret to success and happiness at work and at home. Complete with “The Easiest Thing” sidebars that give readers simple start-here strategies, “The Sweet Spot” is the first book to offer readers a clear and achievable alternative to our modern, busy treadmill.
Garden City Library
“Make Your Home Among Strangers” by Jennine Capo Crucet.
Adult fiction. This novel tells the story of Lizett, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, and of her struggle to balance her family’s old cultural values and her new educational goals in America. As she begins a difficult freshman year at a prestigious college against the wishes of her family, she endeavors to still be present for her recently divorced mother and her sister, a single mother.
Ada Community Library
“Mobile Library” by David Whitehouse.
Adult fiction. This book begins with a “Thelma & Louise” moment involving a bookmobile poised on a cliff edge. It is a touching story involving schoolyard bullies and a small neglected boy named Bobby who has a single mixed-up friend, Sunny. We ride along on an adventure with both dark and light personalities intertwined, and always, there are books.