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It's 1946, and Henry has crawled into the desert of California's Monument Valley to die. He's stumbled onto a film set, though, and is saved by none other than Henry Fonda, and he ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a script based on his life.

Returning to Ireland in 1951 to film "The Quiet Man" -- which, to Henry's consternation, has been completely sentimentalized -- he severs his relationship with Ford. His career in film over, Henry settles into a quiet life in a village in Dublin, where he finds work as a caretaker for a boy's school.

After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin in 1974, Henry is profiled in the newspaper and suddenly the secret of his rebel past is out. Henry is a national hero. Or are his troubles just beginning?

"The Dead Republic," by Roddy Doyle 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:

Fiction

"The Singer's Gun," by Emily St. John Mandel

Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens.

Anton longs for a less questionable way of living in the world, and by his late 20s has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager. Then a routine security check suggests that things are not quite what they appear. And Aria begins pressuring him to do one last job for her. But the seemingly simple job proves to have profound and unexpected repercussions.

Nonfiction

"Bonobo Handshake," by Vanessa Woods

Compared to chimps, we know hardly anything about bonobos. They are an extremely endangered species of ape and share 98.7 percent of our DNA. But while chimpanzees live in male-dominated societies with sexual coercion, infanticide and war, bonobos are peaceful and female dominated; there is no infanticide or war, and sex is used to resolve conflict. The question is, how much of us is chimpanzee, how much is bonobo?

"Bonobo Handshake" is the memoir of Vanessa Woods's journey to answer these questions. In 2005, she agreed to marry a handsome primatologist who was on the hunt for the answer to the greatest question of all time: What makes us human?

Vanessa goes to live with him in Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for orphan bonobos in Kinshasa, the capital of Congo. The parents of the bonobos were killed by the bushmeat trade, and the orphans were sold as pets before they were rescued. "Bonobos Handshake" is a memoir of science, adventure, love and finding inspiration where you least expect it.

"Tattoos on the Heart," by Gregory Boyle

How do you fight despair and learn to meet the world with a loving heart? How do you overcome shame? Stay faithful in spite of failure? No matter where people live or what their circumstances may be, everyone needs boundless, restorative love.

Gorgeous and uplifting, "Tattoos on the Heart" amply demonstrates the impact unconditional love can have on your life. As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

In each chapter readers can benefit from Boyle's wonderful,hard-earned wisdom. With Gregory Boyle's guidance, they can recognize their wounds in the broken lives and daunting struggles of the men and women in these parables and learn to find joy in all people. This book reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.

Others

"White Cat," by Holly Black; "A Vintage Affair," by Isabel Wolfe; "Settled in the Wild," by Susan Hand Shetterly; "The Icarus Syndrome," by Peter Beinart

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