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

"If Jack's In Love," by Stephen Wetta

Jack Witcher is the odd man out in his family.

In 1967, he is a 12-year-old genius living in a Virginia suburb at the house avoided by the rest of the neighborhood.

His father is chronically unemployed, his mother is a sweet but ugly cashier at the corner market, and his older brother is a pot-smoking hippie.

It seems things couldn't get worse for Jack until the town's golden boy disappears and his hippie brother becomes the main suspect.

Jack is in love with the missing boy's sister, Myra, and together with Mr. Gladstein, the town jeweler and lone Jew, they devise a plan to win Myra's love.

"The White Woman On the Green Bicycle," by Monique Roffey

In 1956, George and Sabine Harwood leave England to begin their marriage in postindependence Trinidad. George immediately falls in love with the island, while Sabine struggles with loneliness, exhaustion, and racial segregation.

This strains their marriage, but they manage to endure the challenge.

Sabine finds some comfort in writing to Trinidad's new leader, Eric Williams, though she never sends the letters. When George discovers them years later, more secrets from their marriage emerge.

Nonfiction

"In Praise of the Unfinished: Selected Poems," by Julia Hartwig.

Julia Hartwig is one of the most prominent Polish poets of the 20th century and her work has been translated into many languages.

Finally, this career-spanning collection is the first book of her poems to be published in English.

She candidly writes about the tragic events of the last century, but ultimately exhibits a welcoming of new experience and an appreciation for the beauty of life.

She reaches readers with a compassionate spirit and the need to live in the moment.

"Modigliani: A Life," by Meryle Secrest

Artist Amedeo Modigliano lived his life as a legend. His work was distinct, influenced by sculptures from Africa and Oceania, and linking the Cubists with the portraitists and Art Deco painters.

He was born into a poor but refined Jewish Italian family and contracted tuberculosis at a young age. This would be his well-kept, lifelong secret, which he attempted to disguise with alcohol and opium.

He embraced fatalism, idealism, creativity, and death, and ascribed to Nietzsche's theories of the artist as divinely gifted and inspired.

Biographer Meryle Secrest gained unprecedented access to letters, diaries and photographs to share the story of Modigliani as a man and an artist.

Others

"Landed," by Tim Pears; "The Outlaw Album," by Daniel Woodrell; "Chococo: Chocolate Cookbook," by Claire Burnet; "Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit + Crochet," by Mags Kandis.

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