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:


"Irma Voth," by Miriam Toews

Living in a rural Mennonite community in Mexico, 19-year-old Irma has been cast out of her family for a premature marriage to a Mexican ne'er-do-well.

Though she remains close to her rebellious younger sister, Irma yearns for the lost intimacy with her mother and finds her faith in God damaged beyond repair.

When a celebrated filmmaker arrives to make a movie about her community, Irma is drawn to the outsiders and works on set as a translator.

Her father, however, is determined to destroy the film and his actions set Irma on a path to discover her potential in the unexpected world outside the confines of their stifling community.

"The Translation of the Bones," by Francesca Kay

Slow-witted but harmless young Mary-Margaret O'Reilly may have witnessed a miracle.

Word spreads and religious mania descends on the Church of the Sacred Heart in Battersea, London.

The consequences are far-reaching, affecting the parish priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, a woman in a loveless marriage who misses her son at boarding school, another mother whose soldier son is in Afghanistan, and Mary-Margaret's own mother, imprisoned in a tower block with only her thoughts for company.

Mary-Margaret's attempt to prove that Jesus loves her will change all of these lives in this story about human connections and faith.


"The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition," by Katherine S. Newman

An increasing number of adults in their 20s and 30s are living in their parents' homes.

Sociologist Katherine Newman explores this trend in six countries, in which the cultural and political responses to these accordion families differ dramatically.

The Japanese regard these "parasite singles" with a sense of horror and fear, whereas Italians are accustomed to "mamma's boys" and commonly accept the trend.

Drawing from over 300 interviews, Newman takes readers into the homes of these accordion families and considers the links between globalization and the failure-to-launch trend.

"The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family that Shaped Britain," by Allan Massie

Author Allan Massie presents the story of the Stuart family, drawing on the accounts of historians, novels, and plays.

He documents their path from the salt marshes of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England, and eventually to exile.

Massie brings key figures to life, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The family played a major role in the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War, and the Restoration, spanning one of history's most tumultuous reigns.


"Daughter of Providence," by Julie Drew; "The Little Russian," by Susan Sherman; "Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, the Answers You Need," by Rosalind C. Kalb; "Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Guide to Knowing if Your Relationship Can - and Should - Be Saved," by Lundy Bancroft and JAC Patrissi.


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