Book signing set for local author

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Walla Walla author Karen Fisher-Alaniz will be at Mr. Ed's family restaurant at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 to autograph copies of her book "Breaking the Code: A Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything."

The book is as much about her father's World War II experience as a Japanese code breaker in the U.S. Navy as it is about her effort in cracking his years of silence about his time in the war, which included being at the pivotal, bloody battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Mr. Ed's, at 2555 E. Isaacs Ave., also figures prominently. It is where she and her father met for weekly breakfasts, during which she slowly - through his bouts of symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder - got him to reveal painful memories he'd been keeping secret since the war.

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