From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author comes a second stunning collection. Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory -- the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others.
Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time, children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories and remake the world. Every story in "Memory Wall" is a reminder of the grandeur of life -- of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe.
The story "Memory Wall" won the 2010 National Magazine Award for fiction. It 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:
"The Hundred-Foot Journey," by Richard C. Morais
And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life's journey in Richard Morais's charming novel brimming with the colors, flavors and scents of the kitchen.
Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant, I Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets and gourmet outings with his mother.
But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumiere, a small village in the French Alps.
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf distance between different cultures and desires.
"The Real Life Body Book," by Hope Ricciotti MD, and Monique Doyle Spencer
When you have questions about your health, you want answers form a trustworthy source. In "The Real Life Body Book," a Harvard ob-gyn has joined forces with a humor writer to explain the full range of health issues facing young women today.
This comprehensive and authoritative guide focuses on whole body wellness and prevention, form skin (acne, piercing, tattooing) and the head (mental health and hormones, stress) to the bones, heart and stomach (diet and digestion), plus sex and reproductive wellness.
Hop Ricciotti, MD is a practicing clinician and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Monique Doyle Spencer is a contributing columnist for the Boston Globe.
"Fighting for Your Marriage," by Howard J. Markman Scott M. Stanley and Susan L. Blumberg
Since 1994, the best-selling classic "Fighting for Your Marriage" has been the go-to reference for couples that want to enhance their marriage and prevent divorce. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition (which contains a new instructional DVD for couples) is based on the widely acclaimed PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach.
Groundbreaking studies have found that couples who use the strategies of this proven approach are able to handle conflict more constructively, protect their happiness and reduce the odds of breaking up. The authors have included a wealth of proven, research-based techniques and down-to-earth guidance for all couples who seek to promote greater character and pleasure in their long-term relationships.
"The Weekend," by Bernhard Schlink; "The Cailiffs of Baghdad," Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak; "Tree Bark," by Hugues Vaucher; "Andy Warhol," by Arthur C Danto;