In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who,determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as "the great appeaser."
But Harry Turtledove, the unrivaled master of alternate history, has launched a gripping saga that springboards from a different fateful act: What if Chamberlain has stood up to Hitler?
What would Hitler's next move have been? As armies clash, and as the brave, foolish and true believers choose sides, new weapons are added to already deadly arsenals, and strategies are plotted to break a growing stalemate.
"The War That Came Early: West and East," by Harry Turtledove 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 Invisible Bridge," by Julie Orringer
Paris, 1937. Andras Levi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the Rue de Sevigne.
As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter's recipient, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life.
"The Invisible Bridge" resoundingly confirms Julie Orringer's place as one of today's most vital young literary talents.
"Fat of the Land," by Langdon Cook
Foraging is not just a throwback to our hunter-gatherer past; it's a way to reconnect with the landscape.
And Langdon Cook is not just your typical grocery cart-pushing suburbanite. For him gourmet delicacies abound, free for the taking, if we just open our eyes. As a result, Cook finds himself free-diving in icy Puget Sound with hopes of spearing a snaggletooth lingcod.
By book's end he has learned his way around both the kitchen and the great outdoors -- and discovered an unexpected community of fellow foragers.
Cook was a senior editor at Amazon.com until he left the corporate world in 2004 to live in a cabin off the grid with his wife and son.
"Arctic Circle," by Robert Leonard Reid
This is the story of a man who had always been fascinated by the Arctic and its hardy inhabitants. Despite a passion for mountaineering, Robert Leonard Reid had never set foot north of the 55th parallel.
He was the classic armchair traveler. He had read about the region, written about it and talked about it; in his youth he had vowed to visit it after meeting an activist named Fred Meader who worked to block development in Alaska's Brooks Range long before the proposals to develop oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Reid's story will resonate with anyone who has considered the mysteries of the North.
"Jump," by Elisa Carbone; "Venom by Joan Brady; "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes," by David Crann; "Twilight at the World of Tomorrow," by James Mauro.