New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 08/04/11

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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

Featured books include:

Fiction

"Leche," by R. Zamora Linmark

Vince was introduced in Linmark's first novel, "Rolling the R's," and he returns as the protagonist in "Leche."

Born in the Philippines, Vince takes a trip back to Manila after 13 years of living in the U.S. Amid the chaos of the city, he is haunted by childhood memories and a troubled family history.

He encounters a strange and lively mix of characters, including a renegade nun, a political film director, hustlers and the country's First Daughter.

While Vince searches for his personal identity, readers also explore the colonial and cultural history of the Philippines.

"Mornings in Jenin," by Susan Abulhawa

In 1948, the Palestinian Abulheja family is forced by the newly formed state of Israel to move into the Jenin refugee camp, where their young daughter, Amal, is born. It is a precarious existence, but she and her father find love and joy in their daily ritual of reading together at dawn.

This is Amal's story, covering four generations of her family and 60 years of struggling to survive the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Woven throughout the story are love, loss, faith and forgiveness.

The author has a special connection to her characters, having been born to refugees of the Six-Day War in 1967.

Nonfiction

"The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior," by Paul Strathern

In 1502, the lives of Leonardo da Vinci, Niccol?? Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia -- iconic men of the Renaissance -- intersected for a brief and perilous journey.

The three distinct personalities traveled together that autumn through the mountains, remote villages, and hill towns of the Italian Romagna. Machiavelli, the political manipulator, had volunteered da Vinci to be Borgia's chief military engineer. The details were preserved in Machiavelli's dispatches and da Vinci's notebooks.

More than an adventure story, this is also an analysis of how history is made.

"Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India," by Joseph Lelyveld

Mahatma Gandhi was a prosperous lawyer who chose the life of an ascetic, wholly dedicated to political and social action. His sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were cultivated during two decades spent in South Africa. He quickly came to be revered in India as "Great Soul," shaping its independence movement.

Despite the place of honor he occupied in India's imagination, he realized late in life that few of his followers were inclined to put his teachings into action. More than six decades after his assassination, his legacy still persists in the international social conscience.

Others

"I Knew You'd Be Lovely," by Alethea Black; "What I Didn't See and Other Stories," by Karen Joy Fowler; "Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock," by V?©ronik Avery; "Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story," by Jerry Weissman

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