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:


"The Detour," by Andromeda Romano-Lax

It was supposed to be a simple, three-day job, but when things go wrong and get dangerous, Ernst Vogler goes along with the adventure. An artistic, apolitical young man, Ernst is unhappy in 1938 Germany, where he is employed with the Third Reich's project to collect the great art of Europe. His latest assignment takes him to Italy to collect the marble statue, The Discus Thrower. However, the Italian twin brothers who are to escort him to the border have other priorities, and Ernst is surprised by love and loss along the way.

"The Pilgrim," by Hugh Nissenson

Charles Wentworth leaves England and the sorrow of his fiance's death to travel to the New World in 1622. He carries with him a lifelong struggle between his desire for faith and doubts about God's love for him. On his journey, the heartbroken Puritan falls in love again with a young woman seeking the pious life. Together in Plymouth, among the dangers of famine, disease, and an unfamiliar landscape, the two pilgrims hope to build a new life centered on their love for each other and the divine.


"Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings," by Alison Weir

British historian Alison Weir uses information from original sources to give readers the truth about Mary Boleyn. Until now, her life has been perceived mainly through gossip and romantic misconceptions. Weir reveals the treatment of Mary by her ambitious family and the likely nature of her relationship with her sister, Queen Anne Boleyn. She explores her role at the English court, and investigates her real reputation along with that of her mother, Elizabeth Howard. Weir also offers plausible theories about the undocumented years of Mary's life, and presents new evidence regarding the paternity of Mary's children.

"The Three Graces: Snapshots of Twentieth-Century Women," by Michal Raz-Russo

The photographs in this book are drawn from collector Peter J. Cohen's pictures featuring trios of women, dating from the 1910s to the 1960s, and largely of American origin. Removed from private albums and rendered anonymous, they show the evolution of self-presentation in front of the camera. Shaped by generational changes and cultural influences, the women pictured here are in turn pleasant, playful, sultry, and provocative. Snaphot photography enabled women to present and preserve a certain image of themselves. Posing in front of homes and cars confirmed social status, and photos from excursions and vacations represented the freedom, variety, and leisure of modern life. Most without captions, these photos leave much to the imagination with regard to their circumstances and the subjects' identity.


"Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories," by Edith Pearlman; "Men in the Making: Stories," by Bruce Machart; "The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food without Gluten & Lactose," by Barbara Kafka; "Western Home Landscaping: From the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, from the Southwestern US to British Columbia," edited by Lisa Kahn.


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