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:
"The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady," by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
After 50 years of plotting, Marylou gets her chance at revenge. She suffered the horrible consequences of a radioactive cocktail that Dr. Wilson Spriggs gave her in 1953 as part of a secret government study, and now she is going to kill him.
Marylou changes her name to Nancy, moves into Spriggs' Tallahassee neighborhood and begins to insinuate herself into his family's life. Long retired and suffering from dementia, Spriggs now lives with his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, all of them pawns in Marylou's game.
Readers will laugh out loud at this dark comedy about revenge and forgiveness.
"Tiger Hills," by Sarita Mandanna
Amid the beautiful landscape of Coorg in Southern India, Devi is the first girl to be born into the Nachimanda family in over 60 years.
Spirited and strong-willed, she finds a friend in her opposite, a shy boy named Devanna. His mother dies under tragic circumstances, but the two grow up together cocooned by an extended family with long roots in the land.
One night at a traditional "tiger wedding," Devi catches her first glimpse of Machu, the tiger killer and Devanna's cousin. She dreams of someday marrying him, but this love alienates Devanna and drives him away from the village to study medicine.
The consequences for generations to come remind readers to reflect on the choices made in the name of family, nation, and love.
"The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football," by John J. Miller
In the late 19th century, football was not the quintessential American game as we now know it. Basic rules were still evolving and it was incredibly violent and dangerous. Its popularity grew despite the highly publicized injuries and deaths of players at America's top schools.
Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot led a group to abolish the game, but President Theodore Roosevelt recognized its potential for building character and recruited men with football experience for his Rough Riders.
In 1905 he summoned the top college coaches to the White House, resulting in the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and a series of rule changes that saved football.
"Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation," by Ellen Fitzpatrick
Revisit one of the most memorable events of the 20th century through the written words of ordinary Americans.
Of the 1.5 million letters received by Jacqueline Kennedy within two years of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, 250 are included in this record of personal and national mourning. Crossing generations, regions, race, religion, educational level, and political affiliation, these letters capture the nation in a time of crisis.
Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick intersperses them with historical notes and concludes with biographical statements about the letter writers.
"Crossing," by Andrew Xia Fukuda; "The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas," by Chris Ewan; "Brain Games for Dogs," by Claire Arrowsmith; "No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism," by David W. Stowe