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 wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550.

Featured books include:


"Crossbones," by Nuruddin Farah

Over a decade has passed since Jeeblah last returned to Mogadiscio to visit friends. This time, accompanied by his journalist son-in-law, an eerie calm enforced by the threat of violence has replaced the open chaos of the past. Malik, the son-in-law, and his brother, Ahl, attempt to lure Ahl's stepson and his insurgent imam recruiter deeper into the country and away from a pirate stronghold. Jeeblah leaves Mogadiscio just hours before Ethiopia invades Somalia by land and sea, but the brothers are left to experience the renewed pandemonium of war. African novelist Nuruddin Farah completes the trilogy that he began with Links and Knots, examining the individual's reaction to zealotry, profiteering, and political conflict.

"The Leftovers," by Tom Perrotta

The mysterious Sudden Departure claimed many of Mapleton's residents, leaving their neighbors, friends, and family shaken up and bewildered. Kevin Garvey, the new mayor, wants to help the community move forward, but is dealing with difficult changes in his own family. His wife left to join a silent cult, the Guilty Remnant, while his son quit college to follow Holy Wayne, a self-proclaimed prophet. Only Kevin's daughter remains at home, but she is not the sweet girl he used to know. In the aftermath of unexplained loss, what form will relationships in Mapleton take?


"The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," by Sherman Alexie

Celebrated author Sherman Alexie gained recognition as a new talent when this collection of stories was first published in 1993. He blends dark humor, memory, fantasy, and realism to depict life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. The 22 stories are interrelated and take place against a backdrop of basketball, car accidents, laughter, and alcohol. Alexie sheds light on the distances between Indians and whites, those living on and off the reservation, men and women, and modern life and the traditions of the past. This collection provided the inspiration for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals.

"Marie-Thrse, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter," by Susan Nagel

Marie-Thrse was the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, escaping from Paris' Temple Prison at midnight on her 17th birthday after the brutal execution of her family. Many still believe that she switched identities with an illegitimate half-sister, with whom she shared a strong resemblance, and lived the rest of her life as the Dark Countess in a remote castle. Susan Nagel solves the mystery two hundred years later, using handwriting analysis, DNA testing, and previously undiscovered family letters. She shares the remarkable story of a woman who influenced the course of nineteenth-century Europe and who Napoleon referred to as "the only man in the family."


"Plugged," by Eoin Colfer; "Saint's Gate," by Carla Neggers; "The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited," by Bernard DeVoto; "Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon," by John Bingham.


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