New at the library - 11/10/11

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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

"Bed," by David Whitehouse

Mal Ede returns to his childhood bed on his 25th birthday and decides never to rise again.

Wild and curious as a child, but now disillusioned as an adult, he is the eccentric eldest son of a normal, middle-class family.

His younger brother narrates his transformation over the next two decades into the fattest man in the world.

Though Mal offers no explanation for his confinement to bed, he nevertheless inspires a worldwide cult of followers who believe he is making an important statement about modern life.

This funny debut novel is, in fact, a commentary on mortality, obesity, celebrity, depression and adulthood.

"The Family Fang," by Kevin Wilson

Siblings Buster and Annie Fang survived a childhood of unwillingly starring in their parents' performance art, and have now found it difficult to cope with normal adulthood.

When they hit bottom, the only place they can go is home.

Their parents, Caleb and Camillle, plan one last great performance without their kids' consent to participate.

Ambition emerges and conflict follows, forcing the Fangs to decide whether family or art is more important.

Nonfiction

"Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America," by Maureen Stanton

As the popularity of TV shows such as Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers surges, author Maureen Stanton gives readers an insider's view of the American flea market subculture.

Unlikely master antiques dealer Curt Avery began collecting and selling old bottles at the age of 12. Thirty years later, this gruff, shorts and sandals-wearing man aims for a spot in the high-end Boston antique show.

Luck plays a role in his success but, more often, he draws on his expertise in American history to buy and sell the right objects.

There is plenty of humor and high drama in this "fleaosphere" as seen through Avery's eyes.

"What It Is Like to Go to War," by Karl Marlantes

At the age of 23, Karl Marlantes was dropped in Vietnam as an inexperienced second lieutenant in command of 40 Marines.

He has spent the past 40 years dealing with his wartime experience of intense combat, killing the enemy, and watching friends die.

War has always been a part of human history, but Marlantes demonstrates how ill-prepared modern soldiers are for its psychological and spiritual aspects.

In the past, warriors were prepared by ritual, religion and literature, all of which continued to help them upon their return home.

Marlantes weaves together personal experiences and readings, from Homer to Jung, to examine how better to prepare today's young soldiers for war.

Others

"The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl," by Marc Schuster; "Someday This Will Be Funny," by Lynne Tillman; "Finding No. 1 Stocks: Screening, Backtesting, and Time-Proven Strategies," by Kevin Matras; "When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What to Expect and What You Can Do," by Claudia Zayfert and Jason C. DeViva.

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