New at the Walla Walla Public Library 6/20

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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

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,”

by Karen Joy Fowler.

“As a girl in Indiana, Rosemary, Fowler’s breathtakingly droll 22-year-old narrator, felt that she and Fern were not only sisters but also twins. So she was devastated when Fern disappeared. Then her older brother, Lowell, also vanished. Rosemary is now prolonging her college studies in California, unsure of what to make of her life.

“Enter tempestuous and sexy Harlow, a very dangerous friend who forces Rosemary to confront her past. We then learn that Rosemary’s father is a psychology professor, her mother a nonpracticing scientist, and Fern a chimpanzee. Smart and frolicsome Fern believes she is human, while Rosemary, unconsciously mirroring Fern, is instantly tagged “monkey girl” at school.

Fern, Rosemary, and Lowell all end up traumatized after they are abruptly separated. As Rosemary—lonely, unmoored, and caustically funny—ponders the mutability of memories ... Fowler slowly and dramatically reveals Fern and Lowell’s heartbreaking yet instructive fates.

“Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions—Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel.”

— Reviewed by Donna Seaman, Booklist May 01, 2013.

“A Hundred Summers,”

by Beatriz Williams.

“Dashing football hero Nick Greenwald is catapulted into the rarified milieu of Park Avenue penthouses and Ivy League campuses in the uncertain days of the Great Depression when he falls in love with Lily Dane. The meeker (though more polished), moral, and beautiful best friend of Zeldaesque flapper Budgie Byrne, Lily is immediately smitten with Nick’s determination and strength, an attraction the manipulative Budgie doesn’t encourage, though she doesn’t necessarily discourage it, either.

“After all, Nick is Jewish, and Budgie is confident that Lily’s socially conservative family will never condone the match. They don’t, and Budgie profits from the rift, marrying Nick on the rebound, while Lily nurses her broken heart. Seven years later, the Greenwalds turn up at Seaview, Rhode Island, the perennial summer enclave for the Danes, Byrnes, and other WASP stalwarts, and their renewed presence in Lily’s life unleashes a storm of unexpected consequences ... ”

—reviewed by Carol Haggas, Booklist, April 15, 2013.

Nonfiction

“The Tao of Martha: Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog”

by Jen Lancaster.

“Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no ‘Martha Stewart’. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.

“By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband, (and maybe even her pets) to the next level ...”

— Jacket notes

“The Working Class Foodies Cookbook

by Rebecca Lando.

“For many people, eating seasonal, organic, and local foods is a luxury. But Rebecca Lando, a ‘working class foodie,’ knows that whether you’re a broke college student, a working parent, or a retiree, you deserve to eat well—and you can! Beyond amazing advice and tips, the delicious but simple recipes all tailored to be under $8 per person, will make this an invaluable cookbook for all working class foodies.”

— jacket notes

Others

“Stonehenge: a New Understanding,” by Mike Parker Pearson. “The Buy Side,” by Turney Duff.

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