New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 06/30/11

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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 Eden Hunter," by Skip Horack

In 1816, five years after his capture, African pygmy Kau flees slavery into the Spanish Florida wilderness. Accompanied by memories of his former life and a desire to live once again in harmony with nature, Kau makes the dangerous trek through pinewoods, swamps and river bottoms.

The renegades, thieves, traitors and mercenaries he encounters along the way present an even greater threat than the dark magic of the forest. Kau finally arrives at a remote fort on the Apalachicola River and reluctantly joins a group of several hundred runaway slaves, who had been recruited by the British to fight in the War of 1812 and then abandoned to fend off the vengeful Americans.

Inspired by actual events, this novel depicts a violent time in our nation's history through the unique perspective of Kau.

"The London Train," by Tessa Hadley

Paul, troubled by the death of his mother, leaves his second wife and children in Wales to search for Pia, his daughter from his first marriage. He finds her in London, pregnant and illegally inhabiting a dilapidated flat with a Polish brother and sister.

Pia's excitement about living on the edge is contagious, and Paul abandons his old life to begin anew in London.

Meanwhile, Cora leaves London to occupy the house she inherited from her parents in Cardiff. She is escaping the disappointments of her life and marriage, still not having fully come to terms with the deeper reason for why she cannot stay with her decent husband.

A chance meeting on the London train connects the two stories and has far-reaching consequences for Paul and Cora.

Nonfiction

"Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul," by Howard Schultz

This business book has the drama and suspense of a novel. Almost eight years after stepping aside from the daily oversight of Starbucks, Howard Schultz returned as CEO to stabilize the company in the midst of falling sales.

The company that could once do no wrong seemed to have lost its way after years of focusing on rapid expansion. Schultz restored attention to Starbucks' core values, reignited innovation, and fended off critics and competitors.

Readers gain an intimate understanding of his decision-making process, following him from planning sessions in Seattle, to conversations with Rwandan coffee farmers, to investor presentations in New York. Schultz delivers a sense of hope that the future can be just as or more successful than the past.

"The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss," by Edmund de Waal

Involved in banking, the Ephrussi family found wealth and respect in 19th century Paris and Vienna but were left with little more than 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings by the end of World War II.

The netsuke were collected by Charles Ephrussi, who shunned the family business to study art, and passed down through five generations to the author and ceramicist Edmund de Waal.

During World War II, with the family imprisoned or in exile, nearly all of their priceless books, paintings and other possessions were confiscated by the Nazis. The netsuke escaped this fate, thanks to the efforts of Anna, a loyal maid who hid the carvings in her straw mattress.

Others

"Crime: Stories," by Ferdinand von Schirach; "Daughters of the Revolution," by Carolyn Cooke; "Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + Plus-Size Style + 15 Projects," by Lisa Shroyer; "The Poets Laureate Anthology," edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt

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