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In a very near future--oh, let's say next Tuesday--a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse.

But don't tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the 39-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well bethe world's last diary, and less proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio.

Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn't it? Lenny's from a different century -- he totally loves books (or "printed, bound media artifacts," as they're now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying.

But even more than books, Lenny Loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel 24-year old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Undeterred Lenny vows to love both Eunice and his homeland.

Wildly funny, rich, and humane, "Super Sad True Love Story" is a knockout novel by a young master.

"Super Sad True Love Story," by Gary Shteyngart 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 Sonderberg Case," by Elie Wiesel

Despite personal success, Yedidyah -- a theater critic in New York City, husband to a stage actress, father to two sons -- finds himself increasingly drawn to the past. As he reflects on his life and the decisions he has made, he longingly reminisces about the relationships he once had with the men in his family (his father, his uncle, and his grandfather) and the questions that remain unanswered.

It's a feeling that is further complicated when Yedidyah is assigned to cover the murder trial of a German expatriate named Werner Sonderberg. Sonderberg returned alone from a walk in the Adirondacks with an elderly uncle, whose lifeless body was soon retrieved from the woods. His plea is enigmatic: "Guilty...and not guilty."

Nonfiction

"An Eagle Named Freedom," by Jeff Guidry

From the moment Jeff Guidry saw the emaciated baby eagle with broken wings, his life was changed. For weeks he and the staff at SarveyWildlife Care Center tended to the grievously injured bird.

Miraculously, she recovered, and Jeff, a center volunteer, became her devoted caretaker. Though Freedom would never fly, she had Jeff to give her wings. And after Jeff was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000, Freedom returned his gift.

Between sessions of debilitating chemotherapy, Jeff went back to Sarvey and began taking Freedom for walks that soothed his spirit and gave him the strength to fight. When he learned he was cancer free, Jeff's first stop was Sarvey to walk with Freedom.

A tender tale of hope, love, trust and life, this moving true story is an affirmation of the spiritual connection that humans and animals share.

"Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.," by Randy Florke

Country Living contributing editor Randy Florke shows how to decorate and renovate a home inexpensively with repurposed, restored and recycled materials.

Providing inspiration and practical information, he perfectly captures why sustainable living is important and reveals how everyone can create a home that's as harmonious with the environment as it is beautiful.

Sharing his flea market and thrift shopping skills as well as some savvy wisdom inspired by his grandmother, Florke will help you create a welcoming, lovely, earth-friendly d?copy;cor -- without spending a fortune.

Others

"An Odyssey With Animals," by Adrian R Morrison; "Adventures Among Ants," by Mark W Moffett; "As Husbands Go," by Susan Isaacs.

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