New at the library - 06/23/11

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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 Beauty of Humanity Movement," by Camilla Gibb

A passionate culinary artist, the elderly Hung continues to feed his loyal customers at his pho stall in Hanoi after decades of poverty and struggle. Before rent became exorbitant, he operated a real shop in which he permitted the artists of the Beauty of Humanity Movement to meet during the communist regime in the 1950s.

Hung's memory might hold a clue for Maggie, an art curator in the United States, who has returned to her native country to search for information about her dissident father's disappearance during the war.

Tu, a young tour guide and one of Hung's best customers, is accustomed to Americans that are quite different from Maggie. When the paths of these three intersect, it marks them all forever.

"Silver Sparrow," by Tayari Jones

James Witherspoon has two families. In his middle-class Atlanta neighborhood in the 1980s, one is public and the other secret. The teenage girls from each family meet and become friends, but only one of them knows the truth of their relationship.

They form the center of a cast of rich yet flawed characters who bring both joy and destruction to their lives. Caught in the middle, the girls seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women -- just not as their own mothers.

Nonfiction

"The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure," by Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman always excelled in school and conformed to expectations. The college grad surprised everyone, especially herself, when she bought a plane ticket to Ireland on a whim.

With important life decisions on hold, she befriends a free-spirited Australian girl who awakens Rachel's passion for adventure. The ensuing year-long odyssey spans three continents, introduces new friends and reveals more truths about Rachel than she realized she was seeking.

Ultimately, she learns to live for the moment.

"I Like You: Hospitality under the Influence," by Amy Sedaris

This hilarious entertaining guide will help readers host a party with flair. Amy Sedaris offers recipes and unconventional pieces of advice for every type of gathering, including the absolutely bizarre.

There are tips for children and guests, plus an appendix full of arts and crafts ideas. Amy's photos and anecdotes will have readers laughing throughout the book.

Others

"Emily, Alone," by Stewart O'Nan; "The Last Talk with Lola Faye," by Thomas H. Cook; "Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes," by David Wangerin; "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," by Karen Armstrong

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