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 Homecoming of Samuel Lake," by Jenny Wingfield

The annual reunion at the sprawling family farm in Arkansas is precious to the Moses clan. Willadee Moses, her preacher husband Samuel Lake, and their three children eagerly anticipate the summer festivities. However, this year will be different. John, the Moses patriarch, dies unexpectedly and Samuel loses his parish. Amid this turmoil, Samuel and Willadee's 11-year-old daughter, Swan, dedicate to protecting the 8-year-old neighbor boy with a terrifying father.

"Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away," by Christie Watson

Teen siblings Blessing and Ezikiel are forced to leave their comfortable home in Lagos after their mother catches their father with another woman. They move to Warri, a village without running water or electricity in the Niger Delta, to live with their maternal grandparents. Blessing finds it difficult to adjust to these new hardships, but her grandmother, a traditional midwife, eventually becomes a beloved mentor. Ezikiel, however, neglects his studies and joins the Freedom Fighters, a gang of boy soldiers. Their grandfather also struggles with his sense of identity, dabbling in Islam and contemplating a second wife.

Nonfiction

"The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush," by Howard Blum

This is the adventurous, true story of three men whose lives notably intersected in the Yukon Gold Rush. George Carmack, a former Marine raising a family and living among the Taglish tribe, made the initial discovery of Yukon gold and amassed great wealth. However, thieves made off with his fortune in gold bars and left few clues. Charlie Siringo, who was a sharp-shooting cowboy before joining the Pinkerton Detective Agency, embarked on a rugged, cross-territory odyssey to run them down. Ultimately, he came face-to-face with Soapy Smith, a conman at the top of a vast criminal empire, and his gang of 300 cutthroats.

"Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World," by Catherine E. McKinley

Indigo, a blue pigment obtained from the leaf of a parasitic shrub, has a long history of being at the center of turbulent human encounters. Author Catherine McKinley traces its relationship with slavery, influence on fashion, and spiritual significance. She journeys across the ancient trade routes of West Africa and grows closer to her ancestors. McKinley is the paternal granddaughter of African slaves, the maternal granddaughter of a Massachusetts textile factory owner, and the adopted daughter of Scottish descendants, whose clan wore indigo tartans.

Others

"The Return of Captain John Emmett," by Elizabeth Speller; "Uncertain Journey," by James Rouman; "The Great Potluck Cookbook: Our Favorite Recipes for Carry-In Suppers, Brunch Buffets, Tailgate Parties & More!" by Good Housekeeping; "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Web Designer," by Neil Tortorella.

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