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

“Climates,” by Andre Maurois

This lucid new translation of a novel originally published in 1928 probes the timeless complications, betrayals and fascinations wrought by love.

Coming from a wealthy family that owns a profitable paper mill, young Philippe Marcenat lives a comfortable, if empty, life in Limousin, central France, haunted by the notion of a romantic ideal gleaned from a favorite childhood book. While convalescing from bronchitis in Italy, he meets Odile Malet, a flirtatious French beauty from a lower-class family, and is instantly smitten.

Despite his family’s objections, the two are quickly married. But as Philippe falls into a morass of jealousy and disillusionment, his overbearing behavior drives Odile into the arms of another man.

“Contrary People,” by Carolyn Osborn

A retired professor finds himself falling in love again with a former student in Osborn’s latest novel. It’s the late 1960s, and Theo, recently widowed, is trying to avoid a life of boredom by working part time at a sculpture museum. Rose has returned to Texas after nearly 20 years away, and Theo is eager to rekindle their old flame. Rose is unsure; she’s grown accustomed to a certain kind of bohemian lifestyle in France, but as luck would have it, they happen to both have homes too big for only one person to rattle around in, so they decide move in together.

They fall into a fairly easy rhythm and anticipate growing old together. This is a literary romance that will appeal to readers who profess not to read romances.

Nonfiction

“Mirror Earth,” by Michael D. Lemonick

In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they detected three planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. The planets were nothing like Earth, however: They were giant gas balls like Jupiter or Saturn.

More than five hundred planets have been found since then, yet none of them could support life. Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth.

Science writer Michael D. Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, and “Mirror Earth” unveils their passionate quest.

David Charbonneau, at Harvard, realized Earths would be easier to find if he looked at tiny stars called M-dwarfs rather than stars like the sun — and he could use backyard telescopes to find them.

The competing scientists cooperate with each other. But only one will be the first to find Earth’s twin. “Mirror Earth” is poised to narrate this historic event as the discovery is made.

“Winter Journal,” by Paul Auster

Auster’s prose has always seemed cold, treating life as if it were something that takes no hostages. His memories here, presented as a kind of journal after the fact, humanize him. The obsessions are still present: the feelings of inadequacy, the panic attacks occasionally sideline his life. But he writes also of the joy of physicality, remembers places he lived, waxes lyrical about his second wife. His mother is a presence in this book, much as his father was in “The Invention of Solitude.” Her later years were desperately unhappy, but Auster can’t forget the time she played softball with his Cub Scout den: Belting the ball over the fielder’s head and rounding the bases, she was triumphant for one moment. If Auster still sees life as a series of close calls, he seems to have settled into living it; in earlier books, he sometimes seemed a stranger to the planet. Auster opined once, “I believe the world is filled with strange events.” He applies that judgment to his own life as well, as this slim book of memories makes clear.

Others

“Life! Death! Prizes!” By Stephen May

“The Constellations,” by Kevin Cunningham

“Stranger to History,” by Aatish Taseer

“The Art of the Visit,” by Kathy Bertone

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