New at the Walla Walla Public Library


Featured books will be available for the public today.

They can also be placed on hold online at or call the library for assistance at 527-4550.

Featured books include:


"We the Animals," by Justin Torres

This intense coming-of-age story follows three brothers from childhood to young men entering the world.

Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn and have a passionate, chaotic relationship.

The brothers are inseparable, making exuberant messes with tomatoes, creating kites from trash, and keeping quiet while Ma sleeps off her graveyard shift.

In vivid prose, we are reminded what madness our family can both incite and alleviate.

Can we always reconcile who we are with who our loved ones see?

"Before I Go to Sleep," by S.J. Watson

This debut novel from S.J. Watson tells the thrilling tale of Christine, who, after surviving what she believes is a car crash, develops an amnesia that allows her to store memories for only 24 hours.

Even the most basic items she must relearn every day: where she lives, her profession, even her husband's name.

Christine, with the help of her doctor, keeps a journal that becomes a lifeline to her past.

Everything is not as it seems. She slowly discovers that those whom she is told to trust are telling her only half the story.


"Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir," by Oscar Hijeulos

Born in 1951 to a Cuban restaurant cook and a poetry-writing mother in a working class Manhattan neighborhood, Oscar Hijuelos developed against all odds to become the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

On a childhood trip with his mother in pre-Castro Cuba, Hijuelos caught a disease that landed him in a home for the terminally ill for a year.

This experience estranged him from the language and people he had loved. His quest for his true identity followed him into adulthood, ultimately finding resolution in his fiction.

The characters that populate his memories are both funny and tragic, all lending a hand in shaping this literary genius.

"The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris," by David McCullough

Pultizer Prize winner David McCullough details the remarkable journeys of adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects and others as they traveled across the Atlantic to 19th century Paris for discovery, opportunity, and self-enrichment.

These individuals, many of whom had little experience with different cultures, would bring back lasting influences on American art, politics, industry, and medicine while finding inspiration for some of our country's greatest authors, including James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mark Twain.

McCullough tells each dynamic story with excitement and power of how these Americans struggled and flourished in the City of Light.

As McCullough writes, "Not all pioneers went West;" these Americans set out on their own journey of discovery.


"Man's World," by Rupert Smith; "Astrid & Veronika," by Linda Olsson; "The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel," by Khaled Hosseini; "The Paranormal Caught on Film: Amazing Photographs of Ghosts, Poltergeists and Strange Phenomena," by Dr. Melvyn Willin.


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