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 Shoemaker's Wife," by Adriana Trigiani

The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future. From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy, to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

"An Unexpected Guest," by Anne Korkeakivi

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking British diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. The 24-hour time frame of this novel is packed with depth, exploring whether redemption from past regrets is possible and the lengths one must go to attain it.


"Total Memory Makeover," by Marilu Henner

Actress and memory expert Marilu Henner is one of only 12 documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), a rare and incredible ability that allows her to vividly recall every detail of her life since childhood. While most of us may prefer to keep the unhappy times buried in the past, Marilu believes that only by remembering what happened then can we change our lives for a better now. She presents simple, practical exercises to help turn memories into a treasure map for a successful future.

"Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward," by Lisa Niemi Swayze

Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze were married for 34 years. How many couples stop and think about what it truly means to avow union until "death do us part"? For the first time, Lisa shares the details of Patrick's battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and she describes his last days, when she simply tried to keep him comfortable. While this is an emotionally honest and unflinching depiction of illness and loss, it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. Lisa shows that no matter how dark the prospect of another day may seem, there are always reserves of strength upon which to call.


"Home," by Toni Morrison; "In One Person," by John Irving; "Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization," by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane; "The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls that Can Sink a Startup," by Noam Wasserman.


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