New at the library


"Hostels U.S.A." is the definitive hostel guide. Providing the inside scoop on hostels throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, this indispensable resource makes planning your trip a snap.

Whether you're looking to party or just want a clean, quiet affordable place to crash, Paul Karr and his traveling contributors -- along with dozens of hostellers interviewed for their thoughts and comments -- tell it like it is with candid descriptions and unique, at-a-glance ratings.

You'll learn how to get there by car, train, bus bike or on foot -- but most importantly you'll get the lowdown on cleanliness, party potential, safety, hospitality and what to see and do in the area.

"Hostels U.S.A." by Paul Karr 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:


"The Outlander," by Gil Adamson

In 1903 a mysterious young woman flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At 19, Mary Boulton has just become a widow -- and her husband's killer.

As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death.

Responding to little more than the primitive fight for life, the widow retreats ever deeper into the wilderness -- and into the wilds of her own mind -- encountering an unforgettable cast of eccentrics along the way.

With the stunning prose and captivating mood of great works like Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain," Gil Adamson's intoxicating debut novel weds a brilliant literary style to the gripping tale of one woman's desperate escape.

"Black Lands," by Belinda Bauer

Eighteen years ago, Bill Peters disappeared. Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered -- after all, serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted to killing six other children and burying them on the same desolate moor that surrounds their small English village.

Only Billy's mother is convinced he is still alive. She still stands lonely guard at the front window of her home, waiting for her son to return, while her remaining family fragments around her.

But her 12-year-old grandson, Steven, is determined to heal the cracks that gape between his nan, his mother, his brother and himself. Steven desperately wants to bring his family closure, and if that means personally finding his uncle's corpse, he'll do it.

At school, when the lesson turns to letter writing, Steven has a flash of inspiration. He secretly pens a letter to Avery in jail asking for help in finding the body of "W.P." -- William "Billy" Peters. So begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.


"Istanbul's Bazaar Quarter Backstreet Walking Tours," by Ann Marie Mershon & Edda Renker Weissenbacher

Istanbul teems with history, architecture and culture. You'll discover them for yourself as you follow these routes through the seldom-explored streets around Istanbul's famous bazaars: The Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

Edda Renker Weissenbacher has wandered the bazaar district for decades, amassing a wealth of knowledge about these fascinating back streets. Ann Marie Mershon's photos enhance the authors' detailed descriptions of over 80 enchanting sites along these self-guided walks.


"The Silent Hour," by Michael Koryta; "Cemetery Road," by Gar Anthony Haywood; "Runaway Dream," by Louis P. Masur; "Take Your Kids to Europe," by Cynthia W. Harriman.


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