New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 8/15/13


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:


“Nearer Home,” by Joy Castro.

The second New Orleans–set mystery starring Times-Picayune reporter Nola Céspedes returns to the post-Katrina city (this one spans 10 days in 2009, during Jazz Fest) and, again, makes ingenious use of beleaguered New Orleans as backdrop. Nola, a Latina who grew up in the projects in the Ninth Ward, has been promoted from feature writing to the crime beat. Castro does a little corpus ex machina to get the plot moving and has Nola stumble over a fresh crime scene on her morning run. Nola recognizes the victim as Dr. Judith Taffner, one of her former journalism professors at Tulane, whom Nola disliked intensely. Quicker than you can say “journalistic ethics,” Nola breaks into the victim’s office and pockets Taffner’s flash drive. This novel is incredibly unconvincing concerning Nola’s investigation, and her love affair is equally unconvincing. However, the New Orleans setting and the hard-scrabble character of Nola help to carry an unlikely story.”

— Connie Fletcher, Booklist, July 01, 2013

“The River of No Return,” by Bee Ridgeway.

“In her stellar debut, Ridgeway manages the permutations of the time-travel trope with originality and aplomb. Lord Nick Falcott was an early nineteenth-century aristocrat, until he unexpectedly “jumped” into the twenty-first century while engaged in bloody battle. He then discovers the powerful, secret Guild that keeps a watchful eye on time shenanigans while it shepherds its bewildered new members through their futuristic lives. Nick is prepared to live in contemporary ease in America and willfully ignore the echoes of his past, but the Guild has other plans for him. They send him back to 1815 England to discover the nefarious plans of a shadowy nemesis who seeks a talisman that controls time. Also in 1815 exists Julia Percy, whose grandfather played with time and managed to pass on his legacy to Julia without her being completely aware of it.”

— Julie Trevelyan, Booklist, March 03, 2013.


“I am Venus,” by Barbara Mujica.

“Instructions For a Heatwave,” by Maggie O’Farrell.


“Work With Me,” by Barbara Annis & John Gray.

“Two of the world’s foremost authorities on gender relations team up to shatter the myths about how and why men and women think and act as they do in the workplace. Each day, men and women looking to bring their best to work are often challenged by false assumptions and mistaken opinions about the others gender—persistent blind spots that frequently result in misunderstandings and miscommunication, affecting their ability to fund success and satisfaction in their work lives as well as in their personal lives. This definitive work—personal life relational guide brings insights and offers solutions to help bother men and women remove the blind spots that separate them, allowing for greater success and satisfaction in their professional and personal lives.”

—jacket notes

“Circle of Friends,” by Charles Gasparino.

“A richly textured page-turner of investigative journalism based on extensive reporting, Circle of Friends chronicles the massive federal crackdown that has already put some of the biggest names on Wall Street behind bars. Gasparino goes behind the headlines to reveal how the government makes its case, using every tool at its disposal—and at great expense to taxpayers—to supposedly make the investing world safer for average Americans. A riveting work of nonfiction, as engrossing and explosive as fictional thrillers of the finest magnitude, and a wakeup call to the investing public”—jacket notes


“The Road to Burgundy,” by Ray Walker.

“Brothers At War,” by Sheila Miyoshi Jager.


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