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It is 1939. Lavender -- La to her friends -- decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic ... at least for now. As the war drags on, La is in need of some diversion and wants to boost the town's morale, so she organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Does La's orchestra save the world? the people who come to hear it think so. But what will become of it after the war is over? And what will become of La herself? And of La's heart? With his all-embracing empathy and gentle sense of humor, Alexander McCall Smith makes of La's life -- and love -- a tale to enjoy and cherish.

"La's Orchestra Saves the World" 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 Actor and the Housewife," by Shannon Hale

Mormon housewife Beck Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity heartthrob Felix Callahan. A few hours, one elevator ride and one alcohol-free dinner later something has happened ... it isn't sexual. It isn't quite love. But soon Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit, and before they know what hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends -- talk-on-the-phone, drop-everything-in-an-emergency, laugh-out-loud-at-stupid-jokes best friends. Shannon Hale has created a magical and often hilarious story that explores what might happen when you're not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life, and changes everything.

Nonfiction

"Pacific Northwest Trips," by Danny Palmerlee

Whether you're a local looking for a long weekend escape, a visitor looking to explore or someon in need of some ideas when family and friends come to visit, Lonely Planet's Trips series offers the best itineraries -- and makes it easy to plan the perfect trip time and again. The book includes theme icons making finding the perfect trip simple -- no matter what your interest, easy to read maps for every trip, plus driving times and directions. Explore the region with trips ranging from two days to three weeks, and day trips around Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. Local experts share their favorite trips across the region from highway 101 and the Lewis & Clark Trail to microbreweries and hidden hot springs.

"60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle," by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens

It's time to take a hide! Using clear and entertaining narrative, "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle" eliminates doubts about where to hike and what to expect when you get to the trailhead. For locating and accessing the best hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Seattle area, this guide is indispensable. You'll also save time with Key at-a-glance information, providing quick and easy assessment of each hike before you hit the trail. Inside you'll find detailed directions to the trailheads, GPS-based trail maps with accurate hike information and GPS-based elevation profiles. With local authors and hiking experts Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens at your side, the ultimate hike is just a short drive away.

Others

"The Pattern in the Carpet," by Margaret Drabble; "Civil War Wives," by Carol Berkin; "How to Rob an Armored Car," by Iain Levison.

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