New at the Walla Walla Public Library 4/25


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:


“Nowhere But Home,” by Liza Palmer.

“Queenie Wake left behind North Star, Texas, her family’s reputation as the town harlots, and Everett, the childhood love who broke her heart, for a string of culinary jobs in cities across the country.

“Now she’s back and living with her sister, Merry Carole, who has tried to put the past behind her by running the town’s best beauty shop and raising an upstanding son, Cal, who’s the quarterback of the football team.

“And Queenie’s running a kitchen, albeit one at a Texas prison making death-row inmate’s last meals.

“Returning home forces her to make peace with the people who tried to shame her for her mother’s indiscretions and to confront Everett about their unresolved feelings.

“Palmer deftly covers the complicated ground of family and hometown loyalty in this funny, poignant novel.”

—reviewed by Aleksandra Walker, Booklist, Mar. 15, 2013.

“House at the End of Hope Street,” by Menna Van Praag.

“The house at the end of Hope Street has served women in their time of need for many generations.

Its magical walls have protected them and given them what they needed to heal emotionally and physically, and when Alba finds herself on its doorstep, her future crushed and with nowhere else to go, she receives a warm welcome and the usual 99 days to stay there and get back on her feet.

“Surrounded by the house’s comforting presence, and with help from such famous past residents as Virginia Woolf and Florence Nightingale, who speak to her from their wall portraits, Alba slowly begins to recover.

“Her journey of self-discovery is intertwined with those of other women staying at the house, and together their stories weave a beautiful narrative of redemption and hope.

“Even through the sometimes dark landscape of loss and abuse, Van Praag’s writing is bright and hopeful, while rich characters combined with an enchanting blend of the real and the mystical make this tribute to individuality a delightful and engaging read.”

—reviewed by Cortney Ophoff,

Booklist, Mar. 15, 2013.


“The Secretary: a Journey With Hillary Clinton,” by Kim Ghattas.

“In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival.

“For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas has unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton.

“Populated with a cast of real-life characters, ‘The Secretary’ tells the story of Clinton’s transformation from popular but polarizing politician to America’s envoy to the world in compelling detail and with all the tension of high-stakes diplomacy.”

—jacket notes

“The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis,” Lectures by Ben S Bernanke.

“In 2012, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, gave a series of lectures about the Federal Reserve and the 2008 financial crisis, as part of a course at George Washington University on the role of the Federal Reserve in the economy.

“In this unusual event, Bernanke revealed important back ground and insights into the central bank’s crucial actions during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

—jacket notes


“Fever Tree,” by Jennifer Mc Veigh. “The Edge of the Earth,” by Christina Schwarz. “Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay.” By Christopher Benfey.

“Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor.” By Lynne P. Taylor, MD.


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