New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/2

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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

“The Mothers,” by Jennifer Gilmore.

“Jesse and her husband, Ramon, are a world-traveled, well-educated professional couple who desperately long for a child.

Now, after several years of failed IVF treatments, they have decided to adopt.

They greet the decision with a sigh of relief, thinking they are just a few manageable steps away from their dream, but that’s before they discover the unique difficulties of the world of domestic adoption.

From the interviews and the questions about race and religion to heartbreaking moments when they are scammed, the process turns out to be an arduous journey.

Gilmore does an excellent job of capturing Jesse’s raw and complex emotions, chronicling the strain on her marriage and her changing sense of self as she tries to remain hopeful while she waits.

Tense and heartbreaking, with moments of surprising humor, this story about families, mothering and love is both entertaining and thought-provoking.”

—reviewed by Courtney Ophoff, Booklist, Mar. 15, 2013.

“You,” by Austin Grossman.

“Grossman draws on his own experience as a video-game designer to take us behind the scenes at Black Arts Games, a (fictional) video-game company poised to release a new version of one of its biggest hits.

Russell, a new hire at the company (but an old friend of the company’s founders), is thrown in at the deep end when a software bug is discovered that threatens to sink the new game.

To find the source of the bug, Russell explores the history of the company, its founders, and his complicated relationships with them.

The book is really a celebration of video games and their creators. It’s full of terminology and dialogue that might seem like another language to the uninitiated reader (we do pick it up as we go along), but, mostly, due to his boundless enthusiasm for his story, Grossman never makes readers feel uninformed or left out in the cold.

He invites us into the world of video games, introduces us to the people whose lives revolve around them, and makes us feel right at home.”

—Reviewed by David Pitt, Booklist, Mar. 15, 2013.

Nonfiction

“Walking Home; a Poet’s Journey,” by Simon Armitage.

“Snaking through bogs, moors, and hills, the Pennine Way — Britain’s equivalent to the Appalachian Trail-follows the ‘backbone of England.’

Renowned poet Simon Armitage, armed with only an insufficient supply of Band-Aids, a backpack full of Mars bars, and a wry humor all his own, decided to walk it in reverse, north to south, ending in the Yorkshire village in which he was born.

Armitage walks, tramps, and slogs his way home, overcoming the physical and emotional challenges of his journey while reflecting on the poet’s place in a crowded and bustling modern world.”

— Jacket notes

“The Future,” by Al Gore.

“Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience of the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately a hopeful forecast.

From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths. “The Future” is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.”

— Jacket notes

Others

“Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots,” by Jessica Soffer. “Terror Red,” by Colonel David Hunt.“Feature and Magazine Writing,” by David E. Sumner.

“Keep Out; Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse,” by Lee Mothes.

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