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Since the early 1980s, renowned musician and visual artist David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. Two decades ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them with him when traveling around the world.

Byrne's choice was initially made out of convenience rather than political motivation, but the more cities he saw from his bicycle, the more he became hooked on this mode of transport and the sense of liberation, exhilaration and connection it provided.

Along the way, Byrne has thoughts to share about fashion, architecture, cultural isolation, globalization and the radical new ways that some cities, like his hometown, are becoming more bike-friendly -- all conveyed with a highly personal mix of humor, curiosity and humanity.

"Bicycle Diaries" by David Byrne 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

"Bryant & May on the Loose," by Christopher Fowler

The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their embarrassed superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line. This is the 21st century, and not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate solving London's most unusual crimes can save them.

While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers -- leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder. The PCU will reunite for one last encore performance--in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet. They've got until the end of the week to solve a murder with unlikely links to gangland crime.

"I, Sniper," by Stephen Hunter

Four famed 1960s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter.

But as the Bureau, led by special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide.

In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics and forensics to motive, means and opportunity. Maybe it's a little too perfect.

Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy -- one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals.

Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them.

Nonfiction

"Corvus: A Life with Birds," by Esther Woolfson

Ever since her daughter rescued a fledgling rook years ago, Esther Woolfson has been fascinated with corvids, the bird family that includes crows, rooks, magpies and ravens.

Today, the rook, named Chicken, is a member of the Woolfson family along with a talking magpie named Spike, a baby crow named Ziki, a starling, a parrot and others.

Letting her experience speak for itself, Woolfson likens the fears and foibles of corvids to those of humans, taking into account the science of bird intelligence, evolution, song and flight. It is through this intimate lens that Woolfson invites us to reconsider the kind of creature capable of being's man's best friend.

Others

"The Tyranny of E-Mail," by John Freeman; "The Widow Clicquot," by Tilar J. Mazzeo

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