Staff Favorites 2016

 

The Bear Who Wasn't There: And the Fabulous Forest Cover Image
By Oren Lavie, Wolf Erlbruch (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781617754906
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: Black Sheep - October 4th, 2016

This book is perfectly written for a child's imaginative understanding and the poetic prose will delight adults also. The main character is a very positive bear. Starting as an itch and turning into himself, he sets out to find out who he is. Turtle Taxi takes him along, introducing him to Convenience Cow, Lazy Lizard and Penultimate Penguin. This should be on every child's shelf. - Paige


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The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
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ISBN: 9781616204846
Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2016

Meridian Wallace is constantly looking for ways to pursue her passion for ornithology while her marriage becomes more stifling. This is not a simple case of a woman casting off tradition. This is the story of a woman finding a path through "subterranean chauvism" - Laura


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The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781476724232
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 15th, 2016

Introducing the newest and most insidious food additive: flavor. While flavorings might seem innocuous - some are even derived from natural sources - Schatzker discusses the consequences of eating food that tastes like what is it not. A fascinating look into the world of the pasteurized and processed. 


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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Cover Image
$30.00
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ISBN: 9780670016952
Published: Viking - December 6th, 2016

The amazing science writer Dava Sobel shines her light on the role of women in the field of astromony from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s - human computers, researchers, innovators, scientists, benefactors and a Harvard professor - read how these women helped unlock the secrets of the stars. Great gift for those who love history, women's history and astromony. - Wil


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A City Dreaming Cover Image
$25.95
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ISBN: 9781682450383
Published: Regan Arts - October 4th, 2016

Hitchkiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets The Matrix meets Scott Pilgrim meets Charles Bukowski meets Midnight Cowboy meets Fear and Loathing in las Vegas meets Harry Potter meets Ghostbusters... it's delightful - Nolan


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Ballet Cat Dance! Dance! Underpants! Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$9.99
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ISBN: 9781484713792
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

The flashier, wittier step sister of Piggie and Elephant. These books are sparly and quirky and purrfect! Two characters, short dialogue and hilarious facial expressions make these the best kind of read-alouds. Paw-to-hoof promise they will be easy to read over and over. - Paige


The Other Idahoans - Regular Cover Image
By Todd Shallat, Colleen Brennan (Editor), Toni Rome (Designed by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780990736349
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: Rediscovered Books - April 26th, 2016

Important Idahoans - without parks or streets named after them. - Realy Ann


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Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

Pax and his boy Peter never wanted to be apart. When the war forces them onto different paths, their love for each other drives them on journeys they never expected. This is one of the best books of 2016. - Laura


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Born to Run Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

Springsteen's narrative lyrics are so succint he manages to speak volumes with consise simplicity. His autobiography allows him a more thoughtful, meditative, and well-rounded breadth. My favorite book of the year. - Nolan


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Scrappy Little Nobody Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781501117206
Published: Gallery Books - November 15th, 2016

There was a moment during the week I read this book that I saw something humourous on the street and my first impulse was to text Anna about it ... basically this book became by BFF. Kendrick is hilarious, smart, and full of integrity. - Nolan


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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781619636071
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - September 6th, 2016

In the penultimate novel for the "Throne of Glass" series, the stakes for Aelin have never been higher as her journey to reclaim her throne begins. But becoming a queen wil prove more treacherous than anticipated as a shady past is revealed and her world steps closer to oblivion. - Airethyst


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The Queen of Blood: Book One of The Queens of Renthia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062413345
Published: Harper Voyager - September 20th, 2016

Spirits may keep the land alive but their only desire is the death of every living person. One brave girl and a disgraced champion will wade through the gore of their friends to save a land unable to save itself. - Airethyst


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Vassa in the Night: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765380548
Published: Tor Teen - September 20th, 2016

In this book there are convenience stores that dance on chicken legs in parking lots surrounded by the severed heads of shoplifters on pikes. Oh, and they're owned by Baba Yagas. That's not even the weirdest, creepiest, or most magical part of the story. - Katt


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American Housewife Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101970997
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Published: Anchor - October 18th, 2016

Each story in this book is like meeting a new friend: at first they seem normal enough, but as time goes on things take a turn towards insanity. If you like surreal, 21st Century Gothic Style stories, you'll love this book. - Katt


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Wolf Hollow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Strength of character and the power of honesty, Annabelle is the most courageous and brave character I have encountered in a story in a long time. - Rebecca


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The Call Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781338045611
Published: David Fickling Books - August 30th, 2016

Flash Eating Faries!!! - Rebecca


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The Highwayman: A Longmire Story (A Longmire Mystery) Cover Image
$20.00
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ISBN: 9780735220898
Published: Viking - May 17th, 2016

A thrilling ghost story - captures the spirit, and spirits, of the Wind River Valley. Captivating, soulful, and alive. - Ben


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Small Great Things: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780345544957
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 11th, 2016

Inspired by true events in Flint, Michigan - a white supremesist father refused to allow an African-American nurse to care for his newborn son - this is a difficult book to read. I had to put it down several times, but I had to know how things came out. - Realy Ann


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The Last Days of Night: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780812988901
Published: Random House - August 16th, 2016

If you enjoyed All The Light We Cannot See and Erik Larson's histories - this may be the book for you. This is the story of the legal war between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla - who really invented the light bulb? Fascinating... - Realy Ann


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Cloud and Wallfish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763688035
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Published: Candlewick - September 2nd, 2016

There are a lot of secrets in East Berlin in 1989. Amid all the lies, Noah meets Claudia/Cloud and some truths become apparent: the truths of family and friendship. Such a magical book in an unlikely setting. Loved it! - Wil


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My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062391742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: HarperTeen - June 7th, 2016

This is wonderfully bizarre! The narrators, in this wildly historically inaccurate book, keep you laughing to the very end. Also, King Henry VIII turns into a lion. - Kim


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To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
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ISBN: 9781250071446
Published: Flatiron Books - November 29th, 2016

You'll be pulled into Paris, 1886 - as the Eiffel Tower rises ocer the city a young widow works to make her way in a time of restaints and wild freedoms. A world of beautifully described art and architecture! - Jenny


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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear Cover Image
By Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316324908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

This is the amazing true story of the bear that gave Winnie - the - Pooh his name. "You'll always be my bear." Delightful for all ages! - Jenny

 


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The Haunting of Falcon House Cover Image
By Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780805098457
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 14th, 2016

This is the best ghost story I have read in years. It's a perfect blend of character, setting, and creep factor. This book about a young Russian Aristocrat is a keeper. - Laura 


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Six of Crows Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627792127
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 29th, 2015

This action packed prison break is similar to the traditional heist movies (Ocean's Eleven, etc.) but with magic and kick butt young adults. It is a fun, smart story and has a diverse group of characters that you can't help but root for. - Kim