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In the not-distant future, the citizens of Union Grove, N.Y., have little knowledge of the world outside their town. Travel is horse-drawn,The Witch of Hebronmedicine is herbal and farming is at the center of life.

But it's no pastoral haven. Wars are fought over dwindling resources and illness is a constant presence. Bandits roam the countryside, preying on the weak. And a sinister cult, led by a man of other-than-worldly abilities, threatens to shatter Union Grove's fragile stability.

At the center of the novel is 11 year old Jasper Copeland, the son of Union Grove's doctor, who runs away from home after committing a cunning act of revenge. Having put forward a shocking yet eerily convincing vision of the world's future in his acclaimed nonfiction book "The Long Emergency," James Howard Kunstler now seamlessly weaves hot-button issues such as the decline of oil and the perils of climate change into a compelling narrative of violence, religious hysteria, innocence lost and love found.

"The Witch of Hebron," by Kunstler, 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

"Small Wars," by Sadie Jones

Small Wonders by Sadie JonesHal Treherne is a major in the British Army, a young and dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. When he is transferred to the British colony of Cyprus in 1956, Hal is joined by Clara, his beautiful and supportive wife. The Trehernes quickly learn that the Mediterranean is no "sunshine posting," however, and soon Hal is caught up in battle to defend the island against Cypriots seeking enosis, union with Greece.

What place is there for honor amid cruelty, and what becomes of intimacy in the grinding gears of empire? A passionate and brilliantly researched novel about the effects of war on men who wage it and the families they leave behind, "Small Wars" raises important questions that resonate for our own time.

Nonfiction

"Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things," by Randy O. Frost Gail Steketee

Think about the one thing you would grab first in a fire. Now imagine feeling that strongly about every single possession. What drives thoseof us who just can't throw things away?

Like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items almost lost him his home? Stuff is the first comprehensive book about compulsive hoarding, a disorder that affects far more people than is commonly known.

Randy Frost and Gail Steketee were the first scientists to study hoarding when they began their work; they expected to find a few sufferers but ended up treating hundreds of people and fielding thousands of calls from the families of others. For the more than six million sufferers, their relatives and friends, and the rest of us with complicated relationships with our things, "Stuff" answers the question of what happens when our stuff starts to own us.

"Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian," by Paul F. Knitter

Without Buddha I Could Not Be a ChristianBeing a Christian isn't easy. Sustaining your belief throughout your life is a rare accomplishment. Indeed, central to the Christian condition is reflection on one's faith.

In this landmark work, well-known theologian Paul Knitter explains how he looked to Buddhism to overcome a crisis in faith, becoming a stronger and more committed Christian in the process.

Honest and unflinching, "Without Buddha" is a moving story of one man's quest for truth and spiritual authenticity. From the nature of prayer to Christian views of life after death, Knitter demonstrates how Buddhist perspectives can inspire a more person-centered and socially engaged understanding of Christianity.

Others

"Ashes," by Kathryn Lasky; "Don't Blame the Devil," by Pat G'Orge-Walker; "The Future of Faith," by Harvey Cox; "The Program; the Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You," by Kelly Traver, M.D.

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