New at the library - 03/03/11

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Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is about to celebrate her son's release from army service when he is returned to the front lines. Inorder to avoid receiving any potential bad news at home, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee. Estranged from her husband, Ora brings along Avram, their former best friend and her former lover. Once a brilliant artistic spirit, Avram has lived as a virtual hermit since he was brutally tortured as a POW in the Yom Kippur War. Never having met her son, Avram now hears the complete story of Ora's motherhood during their hike. Their conversation opens Avram to human relationships, reveals daily life in Israel, and considers the burdens that fall on each new generation.

"To the End of the Land" by David Grossman 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:

Fiction

"Nashville Chrome," by Rick Bass

In 1959, the Brown siblings -- Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed -- enjoyed international success as a singing trio, rivaled only by longtime friend Elvis Presley. Even the Beatles tried in vain to learn the secret to their haunting harmonies, honed by a childhood spent listening for the tone of a saw blade at their parents' Arkansas lumber mill.

However, the Browns' celebrity couldn't survive the changing times. The past contrasts with the present, which finds Maxine ailing and alone, yearning for human connection and one last chance at celebrity. Bass vividly evokes a great era in American music while revealing one family's experience with the complexities of fame.

Nonfiction

"The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress," by Val Walker

Drawing on numerous interviews with expert comforters, this is a compassionate guide to offering warmth and support to anyone in distress.

Interviewees include Alicia Rasin, a victims advocate for the city of Richmond, Va., and Patricia Ellen, a grief counselor and Outreach Director at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.

Each of us has been or will be a caregiver at some time. This book inspires more confidence and ease in making the human connections that are essential to helping someone in distress.

"The Cleaner Plate Club," by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin

Forget about forcing kids to eat every last bite on the plate. Today's family eating movement is about raising healthy children who love fresh, whole foods. Introduce them to real foods that don't come from a box or drive-through window. Fight back against the giant food corporations marketing their products to your kids.

Most importantly, don't worry about being perfect and make delicious meals your children will love. The authors share strategies and simple recipes that have worked with their own children.

Others

"Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life," by Philip Smith, Timothy L. Phillips, and Ryan D. King; "The Pink Ribbon Diet: A Revolutionary New Weight Loss Plan to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk," by Mary Flynn and Nancy Verde Barr; "The Devotion of Suspect X," by Keigo Higashino; "Swamplandia," by Karen Russell

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