New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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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 Evolution of Bruno Littlemore," by Benjamin Hale

This debut novel presents an inventive coming of age story, told from the point of view of the world's first speaking chimpanzee.

Raised at the local zoo, the uniquely talented Bruno is taken by primatologist Lydia Littlemore into her home to further his education and nurture his passion for painting. However, he still retains the primal urges of an ordinary chimpanzee, and his outbursts force Lydia out of her job, launching the pair on an unforgettable adventure.

Comic, violent, heartbreaking and perverse, this story is ultimately about finding one's own voice and insisting on it.

"Journal of a UFO Investigator," by David Halperin

Danny Shapiro is an isolated teenager during the 1960s. His mother is dying, his father is hostile, and he has no friends.

Danny copes by creating a fantastical reality of his own, which includes the sinister "Three Men in Black," mysterious lake creatures and a beautiful young seductress and thief with whom Danny falls in love. He is also charged with keeping an alien/human love child alive so that she may redeem the planet.

Raising the question of what is real and what is not, Danny finds the strength to deal with his life and stand up to demons both real and imagined.

Nonfiction

"The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living," by David Wann

The author of "Simple Prosperity," David Wann now challenges readers to transform our non-sustainable culture by transforming ourselves. He aims to inspire a move from the current "old normal" lifestyle of buying water in disposable bottles and allowing the government to ignore global warming toward the "new normal."

To nurture our world and preserve the planet, he presents an agenda that includes local business alliances that lobby for local buying, an investment strategy that values the balance of nature, products made with natural chemicals and a more efficient use of water by placing a higher cultural value on wetlands, streams, rivers and lakes.

"Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House," by Kenneth T. Walsh

African Americans have been an integral part of the White House since the birth of the nation. This book illustrates their influence on the racial attitudes and policies of the presidents over the years.

Beginning with the early slave-holding presidents, with an emphasis on how the slaves dealt with bondage in the supposed capitol of American freedom, the book moves through Abraham Lincoln, the Jim Crow era and the civil rights breakthroughs of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in partnership with Lyndon Johnson. It concludes with the rise of Barack Obama to the presidency. Included is an exclusive interview with Obama.

Others

"The Brothers of Baker Street," by Michael Robertson; "Emily and Einstein," by Linda Francis Lee; "Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family," by Helen Brown; "An American Life," by Ronald Reagan

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