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:


"How It All Began," by Penelope Lively

The Daltons' marriage breaks up because Charlotte Rainsford, a woman they don't know, is mugged on a London street. Consequences ripple through the lives of acquaintances and strangers. An interior designer meets a business partner who might be too good to be true; an aging historian has an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a central European immigrant reinvents his life. These colorful characters illustrate how paths can be altered in the most unexpected ways.

"Queen of America," by Luis Alberto Urrea

The heroine of The Hummingbird's Daughter returns in Luis Alberto Urrea's new novel. Young Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora", escapes with her father to Arizona after the bloody Tomchic rebellion of 1892. She soon must flee the borderlands and travel into the heart of the United States, as she is overwhelmed by pilgrims in need of her healing powers and pursued by assassins from Mexican dictator Porfirio Daz. Her journey takes her to New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis, and brings encounters with European royalty, Cuban poets, beauty queens, anxious immigrants, and grand tycoons. As Teresita adjusts to her place in a new world, she must ask herself whether a saint is allowed to fall in love.


"Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us," by Mary Ellen O'Toole

Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole explains the four-step SMART method to measure the risk of any situation. O'Toole uses her decades of experience and training to help readers make smart decisions in potentially dangerous circumstances. She asserts that instinctual reactions based on emotion are not enough to stay safe and that not even an expert profiler can judge dangerous people by sight. Readers will learn how to protect themselves and their families, how to safely hire domestic workers, and how to respond to threats.

"Growing Up Amish," by Ira Wagler

This is author Ira Wagler's own coming-of-age story set in an Old Order Amish community. He shares his quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Born into a small community in Aylmer, Ontario, Wagler describes his childhood on the family farm through his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16. At 17, he walked away from his home in Iowa in the middle of the night and entered a world much wider than he could have imagined.


"Death and the Maiden: A Daniel Jacobus Mystery," by Gerald Elias; "The Uninnocent: Stories," by Bradford Morrow; "The Caregiving Wife's Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself," by Diana B. Denholm; "The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims," edited by Andrew G. Bostom.


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