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:
"Salvage the Bones," by Jesmyn Ward
Esch's family lives in Bois Sauvage, a coastal Mississippi town. Food is not plentiful, but she and her three brothers are trying to stock up for the hurricane developing over the Gulf of Mexico. The siblings are motherless, with an largely absent father. Sacrifice and protection amid scarcity are at the heart of this novel. The plot builds over 12 days.
"Zazen," by Vanessa Veselka
Bombs are going off in Della's industrial city. Some people flee the country but others, like Della's coworkers at a vegan diner, choose the personal rebellion of hair dye, sex parties, and self-absorption. At 27, Della lives in her brother's leaky attic, but she'll need to leave when his twins are born. Something from her past breakdown still affects her mind. The destruction of the bombs excites her to phone in fake threats at various locations and to relish the ensuing panic.
"Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom," by Jennifer S. Holland
National Geographic writer Jennifer Holland shares 47 amazingly unexpected, heartwarming bonds that have formed between uncommon animals. Many readers will remember Koko the gorilla and her kitten, All Ball, from the 1980s. A more recent pairing, resulting from the devastating 2004 tsunami, happened between a 130-year-old tortoise and a baby hippo. There are also examples of predators befriending their natural prey, a fish and a dog, an elephant and a sheep, a leopard and a cow, and a rhinoceros and a goat, among other surprising combinations. The book is full of beautiful photographs and neat facts about the animals.
"Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of the Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists," by Mike Veseth
Author Mike Veseth describes how three powerful forces are transforming the wine business. First, globalization is de-centering the wine world and providing an unprecedented array of choices. Second, he argues that branded wines, such as Two Buck Chuck, simplify the choice for buyers but also dumb down the experience of wine with bland reliability. Third, the terroirists are fighting against these market forces to preserve wine's soul. Mike Veseth writes The Wine Economist blog and teaches The Idea of Wine class at the University of Puget Sound.
"Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House," edited by Rob Spillman; "The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories," by Joan Aiken; "Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis," by Jeffrey N. Gingold; "Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing," by Roger Rosenblatt.