Book Gifts by Local Authors


By Lynn Schmidt

The gift-giving season is upon us, and everyone loves a good book. Here are five great books by local authors that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. For those extra special gifts for yourself or others, you can get signed copies of these books at Rediscovered Books in Boise, and coming soon to Caldwell. Happy Holidays – happy reading!

Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than-Bigmouth Bass
By Mary Ann Fraser

In this delightful read-aloud children’s book, Milton and Odie are a couple of ice-fishing otters with very different personalities. Milton is a pessimist and is doubtful he’ll catch any fish. Odie is an optimist and imagines all the fish he’ll catch. When the two of them meet and become friends, they learn that the world is full of possibilities. Lovely illustrations and relevant teaching points make the book a wonderful gift for children.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel
By Samantha Silva

Charles Dickens is not enjoying the holiday season. He’s having money problems and experiencing writer’s block. Then he meets Eleanor Lovejoy and embarks on his own Scrooge-like journey. This fictional story about the creation of Dickens’ book A Christmas Carol is a heartwarming holiday tale for readers of all ages. Charles Dickens and Victorian London are brought to life, and the adventures of the famous author will entertain you.

Idaho: The Gem State
By Mark Lisk

Idaho is a magical state, and its loveliness is inspiring. The spectacular photography in this coffee-table book takes you on a visual tour of the beauty found in Idaho. Highlights include the lakes of the Panhandle, the magnificent Salmon and Selway rivers, the peaks of the White Cloud and Sawtooth mountains, the upper Snake River country, and the canyons of the Owyhee’s. The book is perfect for anyone who loves Idaho.

The How & the Why
By Cynthia Hand

Cassandra McMurtrey has terrific parents, but at eighteen, she has questions that her parents can’t answer. She wants to know who she is and where she came from. This captivating young adult novel looks at both sides of an adoption story. Idaho is the backdrop for the compelling book which takes place in Boise and Idaho Falls. The story engages you by thoughtfully exploring the concept of family and the ties that bind us to others.

Thriving from A to Z: Best Practices to Increase Resilience, Satisfaction, and Success
By Lynn Schmidt, PhD

2020 is fast approaching, and it’s time to determine how to step up your game. Thriving from A to Z is a fun and engaging book that is action-oriented to help you implement activities to build resilience and overcome challenges. Twenty-six best practices and implementation tips are provided in an easy to apply format for readers of all ages. The book is an inspiring resource for personal development and for coaching or mentoring others.