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"Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey." He was the voice of an era. Millions grew up listening to Paul Harvey News and Comment and The Rest of the Story, and trusted the great man who spoke for the little guy. "Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story" by Paul J. Batura follows the remarkable life of one of the founding fathers of the news media.

Harvey started his career during the Great Depression and narrated America's story day by day, through wars and peace, the threat of communism and the crumbling of old colonial powers, consumer booms and eventual busts.

This is a colorful biography of the radio pioneer-turned-legend whose guiding light saw the country through dark times. Harvey brought them that world "in dime store words," with a sense of optimism and faith, and with a deep love for America. Here is Harvey's story, the rest of the story, as he would tell it himself.

Batura's book 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:

General interest

"Embracing the Wide Sky," by Daniel Tammet

Tammet captivated readers and won worldwide acclaim with the 2007 New York Times bestselling memoir "Born on A Blue Day" and its vivid depiction of a life with autistic savant syndrome. In his fascinating new book, he writes with characteristic clarity and personal awareness as he sheds light on the mysteries of savants' incredible mental abilities -- and our own. Tammet explains that the differences between savant and non-savant minds have been exaggerated; his astonishing capacities in memory, math and language are due to neither a cerebral supercomputer nor any genetic quirk, but are rather the results of a highly rich and complex associative form of thinking and imagination.

Many readers will be particularly intrigued by Tammet's original ideas concerning the genesis of genius and exceptional creativity. He illustrates his arguments with examples as diverse as the private language of twins, the compositions of poets with autism and the breakthroughs, and breakdowns, of some of history's greatest minds. This profound and provocative book will transform our understanding and respect for every kind of mind.

Fiction

"The Alpine Uproar," by Mary Daheim

A fight erupts at the local tavern, and a patron is murdered with a pool cue. What initially seems to be an open-and-shut case soon disintegrates. There are plenty of witnesses to the fatal fight, but since most of them were half-tanked at the time, Sheriff Milo Dodge is left scratching his head over a fistful of conflicting stories. Each one has an agenda behind the story -- some of them committed enough to lie.

Luckily for Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, the news breaks just before the paper's Wednesday deadline, so for once she can give the radio station some real competition. But soon she has an even bigger story to report -- a heartbreaking highway accident that leaves two people dead and a likable young local on life support. Emma senses that there's a story behind the story and is determined to uncover the truth.

It's up to Emma and her longtime compatriot, Sheriff Dodge, to figure things out. This is book 21 in the Emma Lord series.

"Nemesis," by Jo Nesbo

During a bank robbery in Oslo, the robber raises the gun to the teller's head and shoots her dead. Then he escapes, having left no forensic evidence whatsoever and two million Norwegian kroner disappears without a trace. But investigator Harry Hole and his female sidekick soon clock on to discrepancies in the CCTV footage, which leads them where no other cop thought to look.

As Harry's girlfriend is in Moscow fighting for custody of her son, he gets back with an ex. When she is found dead in her bed in an apparent suicide, Harry suspects foul play. But as he has no recollection of what happened between meeting her and waking up in his own bed with a hangover, he has to tread carefully without drawing attention to himself.

As the death toll continues to mount, Hole becomes a prime suspect in a criminal investigation led by his longtime adversary Tom Waaler and Waaler's vigilante police force. Racing from the cool, autumnal streets of Oslo to the steaming villages of Brazil, Hole is determined to absolve himself of suspicion by uncovering all the information needed to crack both cases. This is the fourth Harry Hole novel by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo and the third that's been translated into English.

Other books

"Strip Jack" by Ian Rankin; "Even" by Andrew Grant; "Einstein's Telescope" by Evalyn Gates; "Alphabet Kids: from ADD to Zellweger Syndrome" by Robbie Woliver.

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