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

"Lost Memory of Skin," by Russell Banks

The Kid is out on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl and, with nowhere else to go, he joins other convicted sex offenders in a makeshift encampment under a south Florida causeway.

Barely beyond childhood, the Kid struggles to comprehend his impulses and poor choices. A university sociologist called the Professor recruits him for his research on homelessness and recidivism.

The Kid accepts the older man's advice and financial assistance, but remains wary of his motives. When the Professor's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world, the balance of their relationship shifts and the Kid is faced with a new kind of moral decision.

"Our Man in the Dark," by Rashad Harrison

John Estem, bookkeeper for Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), feels underappreciated.

He steals $10,000 from the organization with the intention of starting a new civil rights group in Chicago, but ultimately squanders it all.

The FBI approach Estem, warning him that they know about the stolen money, and offer him a stipend to play informant and protect the SCLC from communist infiltration.

Estem feels empowered by his new role until he realizes that the FBI is attempting to use evidence of King's sexual infidelity to discredit him as a moral leader. Real life - the recent revelations that government informants had infiltrated numerous black movement organizations - is the inspiration for this dramatic novel.

Nonfiction

"Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present," by Jeff Madrick

Jeff Madrick profiles the individual men whose greed, he asserts, bred America's economic ills over the last four decades.

They operate under the principle that self-interest guides society more effectively than community concerns. These economists, politicians, and financiers declared a moral battle for freedom but, instead, gave rise to an age of greed. Walter Wriston fought against government regulation, Richard Nixon's political decisions fueled inflation, and Sandy Weill's Citigroup required a $45 billion federal bailout.

Madrick also discusses the significant roles played by Milton Friedman, Alan Greenspan, Ivan Boesky, Ronald Reagan, Jack Welch, and Michael Milken.

"The Rules of Inheritance," by Claire Bidwell Smith

Now a grief therapist, Claire Bidwell Smith was a 14-year-old only child when both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer just months apart.

In Claire's first year of college, her mother begins to succumb to the illness and Claire seeks comfort in boys, alcohol, traveling, the anonymity of large cities and, ultimately, books and family stories.

She struggles with her own loneliness and regret and that of her aging father, who she joins in Los Angeles before his death. This memoir is told in nonlinear fashion, framed by the five stages of grief.

Others

"Contents May Have Shifted," by Pam Houston; "Liebestod: Opera Buffa with Leib Goldkorn," by Leslie Epstein; "No Limits: The Will to Succeed," by Michael Phelps; "Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery," by Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson.

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