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:


"Far from Here," by Nicole Baart

Danica Greene has a pathological fear of flying, yet ironically is married to Etsell Greene, who dreams of becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. When a friend offers Etsell a chance to test-drive his dream, Danica reluctantly lets her husband leave for three weeks in Alaska.

The day before he was scheduled to return, Etsell is pronounced missing and Danica's thoughts run wild; she even wonders if he faked his death.

While Danica endures nightmares and waits for news, she turns to her neighbor Ben, a single man and pastor, for comfort.

Ultimately Danica decides to board a plane to Alaska to explore her feelings and put to rest the dreams she savored with Etsell, and see if new dreams can be ignited.

"Calico Joe," by John Grisham

In the summer of 1973, Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen.

The kid from Calico Rock, Ark., dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher.

On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever.


"Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique," by John Gribbin

John Gribbin argues that the very existence of intelligent life anywhere in the cosmos is, from an astrophysicist's point of view, a miracle.

So why is there life on Earth and seemingly nowhere else? What happened to make this planet special?

Taking us back some 600 million years, Gribbin lets readers experience the series of unique cosmic events that were responsible for our unique form of life within the Milky Way Galaxy.

This is a daring, fascinating exploration into the dawning of the universe, cosmic collisions and their consequences, and the uniqueness of life on Earth.

"The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith," by Matthew Bowman

In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One of the nascent faith's early initiates was a 23-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine.

He recounts the church's origin and development, explains how Mormonism came to be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world by the turn of 21st century, and ably sets the scene for a 2012 presidential election that has the potential to mark a major turning point in the way this faith is perceived by the wider American public.


"Almost Never," by Daniel Sada; "Memoirs of a Porcupine," by Alain Mabanckou; "Dishing Up Oregon: 145 Recipes that Celebrate Farm-to-Table Flavors," by Ashley Gartland; "The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1907-1922," edited by Sandra Spanier and Robert W. Trogdon.


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