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

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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

"The Summer Without Men," by Siri Hustvedt

Mia Fredrickson spent 30 years married to her neuroscientist husband until the day he abruptly requested a break. Thrown off balance, she lands in a psychiatric ward. Following her release, Mia moves alone into a rented house in her childhood town.

She is full of rage and self-pity until she slowly becomes drawn into the lives of those around her -- her mother and friends in the old people's home, her young neighbor with two kids and an angry husband and the adolescent girls in her poetry workshop.

This is a novel about women and girls, love and marriage and the sameness and difference between the sexes.

"Widow: Stories," by Michelle Latiolais

Michelle Latiolais bridges the phases of existence before and after a catastrophe by weaving together meditations on grief with other tales. Written with insight and detail, these stories reveal both the anguish and humor of one of life's great transformations.

Turning away from prettiness and etiquette, Latiolais represents loss with honesty. The power, playfulness and beauty of language link the 17 short stories, quietly suggesting they and their narrators share more of a relationship than is immediately apparent.

Nonfiction

"A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson," by Patricia Brady

In 1788, Andrew Jackson, a young lawyer, met the future Rachel Jackson. She was still married at that time to her first husband, who was jealous and abusive.

With the blessing of her prominent family, Rachel followed the common practice of self-divorce and eloped with Andrew. When he stepped onto the national political scene, opponents took jabs at his personal life, questioning the respectability of his marriage. Strengthened by their love for each other, the couple stood firm in the face of criticism.

Andrew's devotion proved to be lifelong, moving alone into the White House and never remarrying after Rachel's death just weeks after he was elected president.

"The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72," by Molly Peacock

A model for late blooming, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany invented the art form of mixed-media collage in 1772 at the age of 72. Early in life, she survived a teen marriage, forced upon her to improve the family's fortune, to a 61-year-old drunk. Widowed by 25, she spent the next 20 years enjoying her independence, cultivating friendships and embarking on creative projects.

She found love in midlife and remarried. Arising from the grief of her second husband's death 23 years later, she picked up her scissors and cut a replica of a fallen geranium petal. Prolific from that moment, she created 985 botanically accurate cut-paper flowers over the next decade.

Others

"The Chaos Crystal," by Jennifer Fallon; "Fadeaway Girl," by Martha Grimes; "The Buena Salud Guide For a Healthy Heart," by Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D.; "No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex & Intimacy in Marriage," by Dr. Juli Slattery

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