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:
"No One Is Here Except All of Us," by Ramona Ausubel
Of Jewish descent, the residents of the isolated Romanian village of Zalischik hope to avoid the catastrophe sweeping Europe in 1939. However, danger creeps ever closer. When a mysterious stranger washes up on the riverbank, she and an 11-year-old girl from the village suggest starting the world over through sheer will and imagination. This reinvention brings hope to the village for years until the real world, all unfolding along with the imagined one, eventually overtakes it. This is the story of life as a member of a tribe and a participant in history.
"The Song of Achilles," by Madeline Miller
With a background in Latin and ancient Greek, author Madeline Miller specializes in adapting classical tales for modern audiences. Based on the Iliad, this is a fast-paced, page-turning retelling of the epic Trojan War. Awkward young Patroclus has been exiled to Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles, who is everything Patroclus is not. Despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. When Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles joins the other men of Greece in laying siege to Troy, and Patroclus follows out of love and fear for his friend. The Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
"The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash between White and Native America," by Richard Kluger
Isaac Ingalls Stevens had one goal when he was appointed the first governor of Washington Territory. This was to persuade the Indians of the Puget Sound to give up their ancestral lands to the government for life on reservations unsuitable for hunting, fishing or grazing, their means of sustaining life. Stevens' hasty treaty negotiations were marked by deceit, threat and misrepresentation. This inflamed his opponents, including Leschi, chief of the Nisqually Tribe, who resolved to save his people's land. Their explosive conflict was to have far-reaching consequences.
"Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age," by Hendrik Hartog
From the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, the growing economy and increased opportunity for social mobility drew more young people from home than ever before. This shifted the balance between the longings of the young and the need of the elderly for care. At a time before pensions, Social Security, and nursing homes, promises of inheritance were used to ensure care by one's children in the later years of life. Court cases reveal a glimpse of the tangle of love, commitments and money, giving cause to reflect on what is owed as members of a family.
"Broken Irish," by Edward J. Delaney; "I Hadn't Understood," by Diego De Silva; "Assassins of the Turquoise Palace," by Roya Hakakian; "The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure," edited by Larry Smith.