New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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— 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:

Fiction

"Helen Keller in Love," by Rosie Sultan

This novel re-imagines a part of Helen Keller's life about which she rarely spoke or wrote. When Helen is in her 30s and Annie Sullivan is diagnosed with tuberculosis, the young Peter Fagan steps in temporarily as a private secretary. He opens a new world to Helen, and their sensual interactions -- signing and lipreading with hands and fingers -- quickly set in motion a liberating, passionate and clandestine affair. It's not long before Helen's secret is discovered and met with stern disapproval from her family and Annie. As pressure mounts, the lovers plot to elope, and Helen is caught between the expectations of the people who love her and her most intimate desires.

"The Islanders," by Christopher Priest

The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands. The names of the islands are different depending on who you talk to, and their very locations seem to twist and shift. Some islands have been sculpted into vast musical instruments, others are home to lethal creatures, and others the playground for high society. Hot winds blow across the archipelago and a war fought between two distant continents is played out across its waters. The Islanders serves as an unreliable but enticing guide to the islands, an intriguing, multi-layered tale of a murder and the suspect legacy of its appealing but untrustworthy narrator.

Nonfiction

"The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death," by Jill Lepore

This history of American ideas about life and death begins with the story of a 17th-century Englishman who had the idea that all life begins with an egg and ends with an American who, in the 1970s, began freezing the dead. In between, life got longer, the stages of life multiplied, and matters of life and death moved from the library to the laboratory, from the humanities to the sciences. Lately, debates about life and death have determined the course of American politics. Investigating the surprising origins of the stuff of everyday life - from board games to breast pumps - Jill Lepore argues that the age of discovery, Darwin, and the space age turned ideas about life on earth topsy-turvy.


"Rolling Pennies in the Dark: A Memoir with a Message," by Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon's memoir is both heartbreaking and highly inspirational. He reveals his astounding transition from a desperately poor child living in abject squalor to becoming a White House writer. Through determination, a deep faith in God, and belief in himself, MacKinnon has taken the pains of his childhood and turned them into the fuel of compassion. His message inspires readers to move beyond their own difficulties, and urges both political parties to end the neglect of millions of Americans.

Others

"The Crowded Grave," by Martin Walker; "The Playdate," by Louise Millar; "Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love," by Fran Hawthorne; "The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene," by Lydia Pyne and Stephen Pyne.

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