Like his famous stepfather/uncle and mentor Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York's Central Park, landscape architect John Charles Olmsted believed that pastoral spaces were integral to a healthy urban life. The success of Central Park brought attention to the company and sparked a nationwide movement to beautify cities.
John Charles Olmsted had become a full partner in the Olmsted firm in 1884. In 1903, he traveled to Portland and Seattle, submitting master plans for park systems in those cities as wells as Spokane. Careful attention to natural vistas, topography and native plants allowed his verdant havens to provide a renewing connection to the outdoors. Each green retreat was unique, compatible with surroundings and intended uses and skillfully crafted to take full advantage of the site. He left a legacy that is still enjoyed daily by people across the Pacific Northwest.
Joan Hockaday's book "Greenscapes: Olmsted's Pacific Northwest" is on the Reserve Shelf at Walla Walla Public Library.
Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Other books include:
"Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story," by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel together to sacred sites throughout Greece and France.
Sue -- newly aware of aging, caught in a creative vacuum and longing to reconnect with her now grown daughter -- struggles to find the wherewithal to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel.
Ann a new college graduate heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression.
The intimacy of travel and the wondrous nature of the places Sue and Ann visit bring forth each woman's internal struggle and provide fertile terrain for reflection and inspiration. In voices candid and lyrical, this modern-day Demeter and Persephone explore the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sacred sites in Athens and Eleusis, Paris and Rocamadour, and places in between. They also give voice to a moving transformation of that most protean of human connections -- the bond of mothers and daughters.
"Under This Unbroken Sky," by Shandi Mitchell
Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for the crime of stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Teodor Mykolayendo is a free man. While he was gone, his wife, Maria, their five children, and his sister, Anna, struggled to survive on the harsh northern Canadian prairie, but now Teodor -- a man who has overcome drought, starvation and Stalin's purges -- is determined to make a better life for them. "Under this Unbroken Sky" is a mesmerizing tale of love and greed, pride and desperation, which will resonate long after the last page is turned.
"Day After Night," by Anita Diamant
This book is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for "illegal" immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast north of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp with profoundly different stories. All of them survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to begin to hope, Shayndel, Leonie, Tedi and Zorah find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.
"Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin; "A Sandhills Ballad" by Ladette Randolph; "The Inheritance" by David E. Sanger; "The Guy's Only Guide to Getting Over Divorce" by Sam J Buser, PhD.