New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 8/22/13

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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

“Weight of a Human Heart,” by Ryan O’Neill.

“Ranging from Australia and Africa to Europe and Asia and back again, ‘The Weight of the Human Heart’ heralds a fresh and important new voice in fiction.

“With imagination, wit, and a keen eye, Ryan O’Neill draws the essence of the human experience with a cast of characters who stick with your long after you turn the last page of this rich and dazzling collection of stories.”

— jacket notes

“Traveling Light,” by Andrea Thalasinos

“Smart, married, and thoroughly mired in the past, 50-year-old PhD Paula Makaikis lacks the personal power to admit her choices have left her quietly desperate after 10 years of sleeping on the couch while her hoarder husband locks himself in the bedroom every night.

“Paula’s Greek heritage and superior intellect make her the perfect director for NYU’s Center for Immigrant Studies. Yet she’s internalized the stultifying messages from her proudly Old World mother ( Stop with the education, already. Men don’t like too-smart women) until her self-esteem has practically vanished.

“When a dog named Fotis (Greek for light) lands unexpectedly in her life, Paula impulsively abandons the city for points north.

“Synchronicity lands her a job at a raptor rehabilitation center in Minnesota, where her fractured heart and soul begin a long-needed process of healing.”

— reviewed by Julie Trevelyan, Booklist, June 4, 2013.

Nonfiction

“The Longest Road,” by Philip Caputo.

“Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away.

“And a question began to take shape: how does the United States peopled by every race on earth, remain united?

“So it was in 2011, in an America more divided than in living memory, Caputo, his wife, and their two English setters made their way in a truck and classic trailer from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering sixteen thousand miles.

“What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today’s United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could pull us apart.”

— jacket notes

“The Working Memory Advantage,” by Tracy and Ross Alloway.

“Working memory — your ability to work with information — influences nearly everything you do.

“What if you could find a way to better handle a crazy schedule or expertly manage risks?

“What if you could gain an advantage in climbing the career ladder or in sports?

“What if there were a way to improve your outlook on life, to face each day with more optimism and confidence?

“The Working Memory Advantage offers unprecedented insight onto one of the most important cognitive breakthroughs in recent years — a vital new approach to making your brain stronger, smarter, and faster.”

— jacket notes

Others

“Massacre Pond,” by Paul Doiron. “The Tudor Conspiracy,” by C.W. Gortner. “Trail Blazer: a Biography of Jerry Brown,” by Chuck McFadden. “The Red Man’s Bones,” by Benita Eisler.

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