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In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread." Who is at the end of your red thread? After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens the Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families.

Maya finds some comfort in her work until a group of six couples share their personal stories and their desire for children. Their painful and courageous journeys toward adoption force Maya to confront the lost daughter of her past. Ann Hood brilliantly braids together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters. She writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate.

"The Red Thread," by Ann Hood 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 Good Son," by Michael Gruber

Special Operations soldier Theo Bailey is right to be concerned when his mother, a controversial Muslim writer, announces that she will be traveling to Pakistan to attend a symposium on peace.

His worst fears are realized when the conference participants are taken hostage by a group of terrorists who resolve to execute the captives one at a time for every new Muslim war casualty.

While Theo masterminds a high-stakes military operation to save the hostages, his mother discovers in her gift for dream interpretation a psychological tool of great power and subtlety.

Tense, gripping and keenly insightful, "The Good Son" is among the smartest and most original political thrillers of its generation.

Nonfiction

"The Collector; David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest," by Jack Nisbet

Between 1823 and 1834, Scottish Naturalist David Douglas wandered from New York to Hawaii in his quest to bring nursery plants to the London Horticultural Society. He was a complex character whose dogged perseverance delivered a flood of both scientific names and garden delights to Great Britain, and in the greater Northwest his achievements far outstripped the commercial aspirations of his employers.

Today, we attach his name to the Douglas fir, iconic tree of the Northwest, as well as to many other familiar plants and animals. Douglas stands as the first outsider to describe the Hudson's Bay Company's extensive reach through the Columbia and Fraser River drainages. He made forays both on and off the main river routes, displaying a remarkable zeal as he gathered everything from minerals to mammals and horned lizards to band-tailed pigeons.

In "The Collector," Nisbet tracks David Douglas, working in concert with several members of Thompson's crew, as he traverses an unfettered landscape and heralds its native flora and fauna.

"Dying For Heaven," by Ariel Glucklich

Why do terrorists do what they do? Not only are religiously motivated terrorists willing to self-destruct to achieve their goals, but neither threats nor incentives consistently prevent their devastating acts. Compounding this is the fact that soon extremist nations and terrorist groups in the Middle East and Asia will have nuclear weapons and may be driven by religion to use them.

Ariel Glucklich, Georgetown professor of religion and advisor to the U.S. defense community, reveals the fallacy of our country's three major assumptions about the motivations that lie behind terrorism: that religious terrorists are acting out of hatred for us, that belief in paradise is the chief factor in their willingness to die for their cause and that religious extremism is always irrational.

"Dying for Heaven" provides the key for understanding the religious drive to self-destruct and offers a way to combat the culture of suicide terrorism.

Others

"And Falling, Fly," by Skyler White; "The Desert Spear," by Peter V. Brett; "Uranium," by Tom Zoellner; "Panic!" by Michael Lewis

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