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

"Brand New Human Being," by Emily Jeanne Miller

Logan Pyle is a lapsed grad student and stay-at-home dad, who is holding it together by a thread.

When he finds his wife kissing another man on a pile of coats at a party, the thread snaps.

Logan packs a bag, buckles his son into his car seat, and heads north with a maxed out credit card and revenge in his heart.

After some bad decisions and worse luck, he lands at his deceased father's cabin, where his young widow, Bennie, now lives.

She has every reason to turn Logan away but, when she doesn't, she opens the door to redemption for both of them.

"Man in the Blue Moon," by Michael Morris

Eighteen years ago, Ella Wallace's aunt had warned her about the handlebar-mustached man who snatched her from her dreams of studying art in France.

Now he has disappeared, leaving Ella saddled with debt and struggling to support three sons.

While World War I rages through Europe, Ella begins her own battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker.

A mysterious man arrives at her door, convincing her that he can help.

As the battle for Ella's land intensifies, the town's suspicion of her visitor surges, and it's soon apparent he is an haunted by his past as Ella is terrified for her future.

Nonfiction

"George Orwell Diaries," edited by Peter Davison

Prolific writer George Orwell's fiction, journalism, and criticism continue to hold up six decades after his death for their clarity of style and depth of insight.

The 11 diaries presented in this book cover everything from his youthful forays behind Down & Out in Paris and London to the feverish composition of Animal Farm and 1984.

A mix of the historic and the domestic, the diaries reveal Orwell to be a thoughtful and careful observer, whether in documenting miners and itinerant laborers, the horrific drama of war, or the occupants of his modest barnyard (like his goat, Muriel).

Christopher Hitchens wrote the book's introduction, the last commissioned piece he completed before his death in 2011.


"Plume," by Kathleen Flenniken

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken grew up in Richland at the height of the Cold War, next door to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. She worked at Hanford for three years as a civil engineer and hydrologist.

By the late 1980s, declassified documents revealed decades of environmental contamination and deception, contradicting a lifetime of official assurances to workers and their families that their community was and always had been safe.

At the same time, her childhood friend's father was dying of radiation-induced illness.

er personal story and a historical one converge in these poems.

Others

"The Life of an Unknown Man," by Andreï Makine; "Love Bomb," by Lisa Zeidner; "Off Balance: A Memoir," by Dominique Moceanu; "The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling," by Quinn Cummings.

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